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Heuer. A rare and large stainless steel tonneau-shaped automatic chronograph wristwatch with date
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Heuer. A rare and large stainless steel tonneau-shaped automatic chronograph wristwatch with date

SIGNED AUTAVIA, HEUER, AUTOMATIC, CHRONOGRAPH, REF. 1163T “SIFFERT”, CASE NO. 241’454, CIRCA 1971

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Heuer. A rare and large stainless steel tonneau-shaped automatic chronograph wristwatch with date
Signed Autavia, Heuer, Automatic, Chronograph, Ref. 1163T “Siffert”, case no. 241’454, circa 1971
Movement: automatic, cal. 12, 17 jewels
Dial: silvered dial, baton numerals with luminous dots
Case: screw-down back, black revolving bezel calibrated for Tachymeter scale
Signed: case, dial and movement
Dimensions: 42 mm. width, 47 mm. length, overall bracelet length approx. 170 mm
With: stainless steel Heuer bracelet signed Gay Frères, World Wide Service Booklet and box
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Lot Essay

The present watch is part of the 4th execution dial distinguished from its predecessor by an addition of blue shade to the minute and hour hands. The earlier dial featured a 3-6-9-12 numeral indication on the 12-hours register and the later dials, such as the present watch, feature a full numeral display. This particular example is further distinguished not only by its highly attractive condition and original Gay Frères “beads-of-rice” bracelet, but also the fact that it is accompanied by the highly recognisable original Heuer box, original guarantee dated 3rd June 1971 and service receipt for waterproof test dated 31st May 1973.

This Autavia model is called “Siffert” among the erudite Heuer collector community because it is the watch he was most famously photographed wearing. The typical 70’s shape of this model combining a stunning white dial with blue hands and indexes as a reminding of the car racing uniform worn by the most famous drivers of the time adds vivacity and personality to this model and makes it very clear and understandable that Jo Siffert choose it to be his most wearable watch. Furthermore, the dial of the present watch faded into a gentle cream shade which is incontestably adding the subtle vintage vibe to make this watch so desirable for any aficionados of attractive Heuer vintage watches.

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