Heuer Autavia Second Execution 'Pre-Andretti'

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REF 3646
Manual-winding
38 MM
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SKU AS09064
Article Number 40991638
ref 3646
case size 38 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 19 MM
Includes Saigon Olive Ralstra International ® Perforated Rallye-Style Leather Strap With Drilled Steel Pin Buckle.
overall condition The case is in fantastic, honest condition overall showing normal signs of wear consistent with age and use with no signs of previous refinishing and visible factory finishing. Matte black Tritium dial with recessed 'radial' silver subsidiary registers and applied indices is in equally fantastic condition with evenly patinated luminous elements and matching 'dauphine' handset. Unsigned crown. Bezel insert shows normal, even wear.
REF 3646
Manual-winding
38 MM
– Show less
SKU AS09064
Article Number 40991638
ref 3646
case size 38 MM
movement Manual-winding
approximate age 1960s
dial color Black
material Stainless Steel
style Chronograph
category Vintage
bracelet Leather
lug width 19 MM
Includes Saigon Olive Ralstra International ® Perforated Rallye-Style Leather Strap With Drilled Steel Pin Buckle.
overall condition The case is in fantastic, honest condition overall showing normal signs of wear consistent with age and use with no signs of previous refinishing and visible factory finishing. Matte black Tritium dial with recessed 'radial' silver subsidiary registers and applied indices is in equally fantastic condition with evenly patinated luminous elements and matching 'dauphine' handset. Unsigned crown. Bezel insert shows normal, even wear.

Why We Love it

It's no secret that the team at Analog:Shift is partial to all things motorsports and racing, and there are few brands with as strong a motorsports connection as Heuer.

The 1960s and 1970s were boom times for sporty wrist watches with color and a little flash, and Heuer was no slouch in their offerings - take the Autavia for example.

Introduced in 1962, the Autavia is one of many examples of Heuer's mastery of sporting chronographs — combining robust construction with a proven mechanical chronograph movement. We've even heard them referred to as "Heuer's Submariner" - not because they make for good diving watches (they don't), but because their design is just as timeless, and their functionality as a racing chronograph parallels that of the Rolex for timing dives.

This particular Autavia, a Reference 3646, is an early example dating to circa the 1960s. It's beautiful, strong, 38mm stainless steel case with an acrylic crystal, barrel pushers, and a bi-directional rotating bezel with a 12hr insert, houses a simply fantastic matte black Tritium dial with recessed silver sub-registers and applied indices, a matching 'dauphine' handset and the venerable Valjoux 92 hand-cranking movement.

Fitted to one of the excellent Ralstra® International perforated rallye straps with a drilled steel pin buckle, this piece's sporty design combines super-functional utility with a timeless sporty look that hits us harder than just about anything.

The vintage Heuer wave may be in slack tide at the moment, but it won't last. Don't miss out on an incredible opportunity to snag this special piece before they inevitably begin climbing once again!

Brand Story

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In 1962, Jack Heuer inherited the company that his great-grandfather had founded in Saint-Imier nearly a century before.
He had already played a role in the design of some timepieces, starting with the Solunar in the late 1940s. But in 1962, the responsibility of running the company fell on his shoulders, and he found himself faced with the daunting task of safeguarding his ancestor’s legacy while at the same time forging his own. His chosen path? Moving into a line of technical instruments for use in sporting and transportation applications.
The Heuer name was not unknown in motor racing and aviation circles. Starting in 1911, when the sport of automobile racing was still in its infancy, the company produced dashboard clocks for cars, boats, and even airplanes. Jack Heuer, a longtime racing aficionado, saw an opportunity to revitalize — or at the very least, to reexamine — the company’s already-successful line of chronographs.
He had first tried his hand with the Autavia, which at the time of his succession was a stopwatch with a virtually illegible dial. In its place he launched the line of Autavia wrist chronographs, the first line of chronographs produced by Heuer to be named, rather than simply numbered. The Autavia was purpose-built for racers and pilots, and attracted the attention of Formula 1 racers and devotees such as Jochen Rindt and Steve McQueen.
In designing the Carrera in 1963, Jack Heuer created something that was entirely his, and is without question the chronograph that is most associated with the brand today. Heuer's obsession with legibility led to a dial design that was simpler to read than the Omega Speedmaster or the Rolex Daytona (released the same year as the Carrera). What resulted was a chronograph with plain baton markers that gave only the most necessary bits of information — clean, uncluttered, undeniably attractive.
The brand grew to become a powerhouse in chronographs in particular, and the list of famous designs from the 1960s and 1970s can’t be counted on two hands. However, one innovation from 1969 deserves particular mention: the famed Caliber 11. This caliber (and its successors) was the result of a multinational race to build the world’s first automatic chronograph movement. It would go on to power the famed Monaco — made famous by actor Steve McQueen — as well as automatic versions of the Autavia, Carrera and more.
Falling on hard times in the wake of the Quartz Crisis, Heuer was ultimately purchased by Technique Avant Garde (TAG), and subsequently by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessey, who brought the brand into the modern age. Early TAG Heuer quartz divers from the 1980s have found newfound appreciation in collector’s circles, while the brand’s modern catalog is a mix of vintage-inspired reissues and unique collections, such as the Connected smartwatch line.

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Condition

Since our pieces are vintage or pre-owned, please expect wear & patina from usage and age. Please read each item description and examine all product images.

Warranty

We back each Analog:Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.

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Shipping & Returns

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All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states.

Most of our products are on hand and will ship directly from our headquarters in New York City. In some cases, watches will be shipped directly from one of our authorized partners.

We generally ship our products via FedEx, fully insured, within 5 business days of purchase. An adult signature is required for receipt of all packages for insurance purposes. Expedited shipping is available at an additional cost. We are also happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.

Returns must be sent overnight or by priority international delivery, fully insured and paid for by the customer. A restocking fee may apply. Watches must be returned in the same condition as initially shipped.

We welcome international buyers, please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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Heuer Autavia Second Execution 'Pre-Andretti'

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