Heuer Autavia

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SKU AS01379
SKU AS01379

Why We Love it

Heuer Autavia. Say that name and you conjure images of motorsports par excellence. Heuer first applied the name "Autavia" (a portmanteau of "automotive" and "aviation," signifying its intended use in both automobiles and aircraft) to dashboard clocks in cars and airplanes. But it's with the chronographs intended for use in motorsports that the name "Autavia" is best associated, and to us here at analog/shift, the Autavia is the pièce de résistance, the epitome of racing chronographs, used by such racing greats as Jo Siffert. 

The earliest Autavias were introduced in the mid-1960s and housed manually-wound chronograph movements. These early models had screw-down case backs, unusual for racing chronographs of the period. Then, around 1969, Heuer began using a snap-back compressor case for improved water resistance; however, in the 1970s, Heuer shifted to the large, cushion-style cases that are most often associated with the model, primarily to accommodate the new Caliber 11 movement. 

The rare Reference 73663 is an example of the larger, cushion-cased variety of Autavia, but is unusual in that it doesn't contain the Caliber 11. Instead it driven by a robust, manual-winding Valjoux chronograph movement, the Valjoux 7736. Indeed, most of the Autavias manufactured after 1969 did house the new Calibre 11 automatic movements, but a relatively small number were produced with manual winding mechanisms. Heuer's logic behind this move remains ambiguous, but there could have been several motives behind it: for instance, to provide a "budget" chronograph using the leftover manual-wind movements (as what happened when Zales released re-branded Heuers with manual-wind movements under its house brand, Baylor). Also, many Ref. 73663 Autavias were made to military specifications; these can be distinguished from others in that reference by the white chronograph sweeping hand, rather than the red of the present watch. 

Ultimately, these cushion case manual-winding Autavias are fairly uncommon on the market, making them all the more interesting and desirable. This particular example, fitted with a lightly faded reverse-panda dial and the red accents commonly associated with the "Viceroy" Autavias, retains its original minutes/hours bezel, which has faded over time and gained an awesome weathered look.

These manual-winding cushion-cased Autavias are a perennial favorite here at analog/shift, largely due to their slightly slimmer case (the lack of a rotor and automatic movement allowed for a thinner case design) and we make every effort to get our hands on them.  But the chance to own one of these early, manual-winding triple register Autavias doesn't come around often, so if you're looking for something a little different (and totally awesome!), this is your Heuer.  

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Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

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.

Heuer Autavia

Heuer Autavia

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Heuer Autavia

Why We Love it

Heuer Autavia. Say that name and you conjure images of motorsports par excellence. Heuer first applied the name "Autavia" (a portmanteau of "automotive" and "aviation," signifying its intended use in both automobiles and aircraft) to dashboard clocks in cars and airplanes. But it's with the chronographs intended for use in motorsports that the name "Autavia" is best associated, and to us here at analog/shift, the Autavia is the pièce de résistance, the epitome of racing chronographs, used by such racing greats as Jo Siffert. 

The earliest Autavias were introduced in the mid-1960s and housed manually-wound chronograph movements. These early models had screw-down case backs, unusual for racing chronographs of the period. Then, around 1969, Heuer began using a snap-back compressor case for improved water resistance; however, in the 1970s, Heuer shifted to the large, cushion-style cases that are most often associated with the model, primarily to accommodate the new Caliber 11 movement. 

The rare Reference 73663 is an example of the larger, cushion-cased variety of Autavia, but is unusual in that it doesn't contain the Caliber 11. Instead it driven by a robust, manual-winding Valjoux chronograph movement, the Valjoux 7736. Indeed, most of the Autavias manufactured after 1969 did house the new Calibre 11 automatic movements, but a relatively small number were produced with manual winding mechanisms. Heuer's logic behind this move remains ambiguous, but there could have been several motives behind it: for instance, to provide a "budget" chronograph using the leftover manual-wind movements (as what happened when Zales released re-branded Heuers with manual-wind movements under its house brand, Baylor). Also, many Ref. 73663 Autavias were made to military specifications; these can be distinguished from others in that reference by the white chronograph sweeping hand, rather than the red of the present watch. 

Ultimately, these cushion case manual-winding Autavias are fairly uncommon on the market, making them all the more interesting and desirable. This particular example, fitted with a lightly faded reverse-panda dial and the red accents commonly associated with the "Viceroy" Autavias, retains its original minutes/hours bezel, which has faded over time and gained an awesome weathered look.

These manual-winding cushion-cased Autavias are a perennial favorite here at analog/shift, largely due to their slightly slimmer case (the lack of a rotor and automatic movement allowed for a thinner case design) and we make every effort to get our hands on them.  But the chance to own one of these early, manual-winding triple register Autavias doesn't come around often, so if you're looking for something a little different (and totally awesome!), this is your Heuer.  

A:S Guarantee

+

Our Pledge

Analog:Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.

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.

International Buyers

Please contact us prior to purchase for additional details on shipping and payment options.

Shipping & Returns

+

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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