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Why We Love It
We've said it before, and we'll say it again: If you're looking for a watch that sums up the true essence of the golden age of sportscar racing, the Heuer Autavia is THE WATCH.
Within its 42mm cushioned style case lays a matte black reverse 'panda' dial. Red accents on the dial and hands add that much more automotive character. Plus, it makes the dial easy to read, and when driving around the track and breakneck speed- thats never a bad thing.
This reference 1163 happens to be horologically significant as it features one of the world's first automatic chronograph movements, the Calibre 12.
Finding an honest example of this reference is becoming increasingly difficult and we are pleased to say that this example is one of the nicest dials and case combinations we've seen. Unpolished case, superb dial, and even patination.
Other than a vintage race car in which to drive it, what more could you want?
Launched at the very end of the 1960s, the 1163 Series Autavia featured one of the world's first automatic chronograph movements, changing sports timing forever. The beefy 1163 has come to symbolize the badassery that was international motorsports at that time...
Autavias from this era were offered in a multitude of dial configurations, but the 1163V "Viceroy" is far and away our favorite. Offered in a joint promotion with Viceroy Cigarettes, the 1163V could be had for only $88 and a proof of purchase from a carton of smokes. If we had a time machine, we'd go on back and return with a mother lode (and probably lung cancer). It would be worth it.
While Viceroy Autavias are relatively plentiful on the market, finding good examples that have been serviced and maintained properly and haven't had their cases overly polished is becoming difficult. We are constantly on the lookout for survivors and are very pleased to present this honest example, ready to be worn to your next track day! Make no mistake, these killer 70s Autavias are a tremendous value, but the market is catching on, and we wouldn't be surprised to see these relatively meager prices skyrocket in the coming years. Get one now while the gettin's good!
Stainless steel case is approximately 42mm (excluding the pushers and crown). Heuer reference 1163. Heuer automatic-winding Calibre 12 movement. Circa 1970s.
Overall Condition: The case is in fantastic condition, showing no signs of polish and only slight signs of wear from age and use. Luminous reverse panda dial is in similarly excellent condition with evenly patinated tritium elements. Luminous handset in great condition with matching patination. Signed crown.
Includes black and red rally strap with steel pin buckle.
Analog/Shift stands behind the authenticity of our products in perpetuity.
We back each Analog/Shift vintage timepiece with a one-year mechanical warranty from the date of purchase.
All of our watches include complementary insured shipping within the 50 states. We are happy to hand deliver your purchase in Manhattan or you may pick it up at our showroom.
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