Important Modern & Vintage Timepieces

Monaco, Jul 21, 2021

LOT 31

Ref. 2446-3, "Autavia"; stainless steel

EUR 25,000 - 45,000

USD 29,700 - 54,000 / HKD 232,000 - 416,000

Sold: EUR 28,600

Fine and very rare stainless steel manual winding chronograph wristwatch with black dial, 3 registers and tachometer scale. With stainless steel bracelet.

Grading System
Grade: AA

Very good

Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 2*

Very good

Overhaul recommended, at buyer's expense

Dial: 2-01

Very good

HANDS Original

Brand Heuer

Model Autavia

Reference 2446-3

Year Circa 1968

Case No. 85892. Case back engraved : J. GRUD KIRCHG. 14 DORNBIRN

Bracelet Stainless steel Heuer

Caliber Cal. Valjoux 72

Dimensions 38 mm, length 195 mm (approx)

Signature Case, dial and movement


Heuer, "Jochen Rind", steel wristwatch mechanical, Ref. 2446-3

The history of Heuer and car racing goes back to 1933 when Heuer designed the first on-board counter for racing cars and aircraft: the "Autavia" chronograph, short for AUTOmobile and AVIAtion. It was not until 1962 that the name "Autavia" was revived when Jack Heuer created his first wrist chronograph with a rotating bezel. As proof of this desire to associate the brand with the racing world, Jack Heuer was the first sponsor of Formula one. Produced until 1986, the Autavia was worn by the greatest motor racing champions such as Jo Siffert, Mario Andretti and Jochen Rindt.


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