Heuer Autavia
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Heuer Autavia

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 Motorsports chronographs that the name "Autavia" is best associated. And there's no better example of the Heuer Autavia than the reference 11063, the last incarnation of the Autavia, seen by many as the embodiment of Heuer's mastery of the racing chronograph.

Heuer released the Autavia in many case sizes and configurations, all made of stainless steel. The earliest models had screw case backs, unusual for racing chronographs of the period. Then, around 1969, Heuer shifted to a snap-back compressor case for improved water resistance. But in the 1970s Heuer shifted to the large, cushion-style cases that are most often associated with the model. This increase in case size was to accommodate their new Caliber 12 movement.

The cal. 12 took the previous cal. 11 and gave it a higher beat, which required Heuer (in partnership with Debois-Depraz and Buren) to change the gear train, escapement, and balance wheel. They also improved upon some weaknesses with the chronograph mechanism in the cal. 11 that allowed the hammer cam jumper to slip out of place. The result was a more accurate chronograph movement that would become the creme de la creme of Heuer's chronograph calibers.  

Our Autavia is one of the last of the Autavias, the ref. 11063, dating from the early 80s. The ref. 11063 features the classic unidirectional rotating bezel with M/H insert and a tooth-gap slightly larger than its predecessors. The steel case bears its original factory brushing proudly, as well as its original pushers and crown.  All this, along with the original bracelet--a love addition to Heuers of this age--makes it a prime example of the Autavias that we love so much here at analog/shift.

Details

Stainless Steel case is approximately 42mm (excluding crown). Heuer Cal. 12 Automatic Chronograph movement. Early 1980s.

Overall Condition: The watch is in very good condition over all, showing only very light wear marks. Stainless steel case bears original factory brush finishing. Glossy black dial shows light aging and patina on the luminescent elements. The hands are likewise in excellent condition. MH (minutes/hours) bezel rotates smoothly without catching or binding. Fluted pump pushers are firm and engage the chronograph functions crisply. Screw case back and signed crown.

Includes original 21mm d-link bracelet with extension and signed clasp and two 21mm nylon straps by Crown & Buckle.

SKU: AS01385

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