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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.
In fact, the name "Autavia" comes froms a line of rally dashboard clocks that Heuer produced long before the first Autavia wristwatches left the Heuer factory in 1962.
This particular Autavia is a rare early example of the first generation Reference 2446 ‘screwback’ models in outstanding condition. Featuring a first series 'Big Subs’ Dial with second series luminous dauphinois hands - a desirable and documented factory combination. This model, hailing from 1963, has all of the things we love most about these early Autavias; cream colored patina, beautifully faded bezel, commanding wrist presence, and legendary Valjoux 72 mechanicals.
FAR less common than their Rolex or Omega counterparts from the era, this reference is seldom seen in even auction showrooms. After all, with its blend of good-looks, history, and wearability, why would you want to let it go? We’re very fortunate to be offering this special example, so if you’re looking for something truly special that encapsulates the golden age of Motorsport, look no further!
Heuer's connection with Formula 1 is long-standing, going all the way back to the foundation of Formula 1 in 1950. Drivers in teams ranging from Lotus to Maserati to Jack Heuer's favorite Ferrari wore Heuer chronographs. Some of these have entered horological history carrying the names of the drivers who wore them, an enduring testament to this fruitful relationship.
The name "Autavia" comes from a combination of two words: Automotive & Aviation. Heuer originally applied the moniker to dashboard clocks and instrumentation used in automobiles and aircraft, but recycled it in the 1960s and applied it to their line of professional racing chronographs for which the name is best known.
Values for early Heuer chronographs (particularly manually-winding screw back Autavia models) are on the rise, and good examples are getting hard to come by. The most desirable models, the iconic Reference 2446, feature a reverse panda triple register dial layout and outer rotating bezel. The Autavia was the choice of legendary drivers from Jo Siffert, to Jochen Rindt, further cementing the models motorsports ties.
Stainless steel case is approximately 38mm (excluding crown and pushers). Heuer Reference 2446. Valjoux 72 Manually-Wound Chronograph Movement. Circa 1963.
Overall Condition: The case is in excellent original condition over all, showing minor wear from age and use, with strong bevels still present. The dial is in excellent original condition, with even patination across the sub registers, and no lume loss. The original handset is in excellent condition with matching patina. Correct case back, pushers and service Heuer-signed crown.
Includes one brown cordovan leather strap with Heuer 'B' 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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