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Imagine a perfectly sized steel men's sports watch...which has GMT functionality...and is also a chronograph. That'd be something, eh?
We are happy to present for your consideration this stunning Heuer Autavia GMT 2446C Mark I - the watch that checks all of the above boxes, and more.
The name "Autavia" comes from a combination of two words: Automotive & Aviation. Heuer originally applied the moniker to dashboard clocks instrumentation for use in automobiles and aircraft, but recycled in the 1960s and applied it to their line of professional racing chronographs for which the name is best known. These early Autavias feature large steel screw or snap-back cases and high grade Valjoux manually winding chronograph movements. GMT models are particularly rare, featuring distinctive two-tone "Pepsi" bezels and a third large hand displaying a second time zone.
Values for early Heuer chronographs (particularly manually-winding Autavia models) are on the rise, and clean, original examples are getting hard to come by. This particular example is as honest as they come, featuring an unpolished case and a clean, even patina to the hands, and markers. This particular example features the desirable "Mark I" Dial execution with early printing and "T Swiss" marked in the 6:00 subsidiary register. Its bezel has developed a heavy even fade - the kind that makes vintage Rolex nuts go weak in the knees!
It would be hard to find a vintage timepiece - any vintage timepiece - that is more perfectly suitable for the international man of motorsports. We've looked.
For an in-depth review of the Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT, click on over to OnTheDash, HERE.
Stainless Steel compressor case is approximately 40mm (excluding crown). Heuer reference 2446C "Mark I" Dial. Valjoux 72 manually winding chronograph movement.
Overall condition: Case is in very good condition overall, showing light signs of wear consistent with age and use - beveling is still intact with no signs of polishing whatsoever. Mark I dial is in jaw-droppingly excellent condition with no noteworthy blemishes, fading, or spotting. Luminescent plots have faded evenly to a lovely warm yellow. Original hands in superb condition. Original signed Heuer crown. Genuine Heuer fluted pushers. Original signed snap-back case.
Includes one brown leather strap and two premium nylon straps by Crown & 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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