The vintage Icon | 1971 Heuer Autavia 1163

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Rarely seen in the wild; original Heuer Autavia 1163. Stunning puffy tropical patina on dial chronographs and markers. "Orange boy" chronograph 'second' hand. Only ever seen this on gmt's from the era, apart from the Orange boy models. Serial 241xxx dating it to presumably late 1971, early 1972.

New calfskin leather racing strap in cognac is fitted on the watch. 'Original' stainless steel bracelet from the era included.

Service history unknown. Watch only. In very good original condition. Unpolished original -still very sharp- case and parts (pushers/crown etc). Keeps time well, working chronograph, working reset.

Messages possible in Dutch and English.



While the first and second generations of Autavia chronographs used traditional round cases, the third generation, launched in 1969, was as revolutionary as its movement. The C-Shape case proved to be an ideal housing for Heuer's automatic chronograph versions of the Autavia and Carrera due to their larger size than previous manual-winding movements.

In 1969, the third generation of the Autavia was introduced, and it continued through 1985 with four sub-series:

1. reference 1163
2. reference 11630
3. reference 11063
4. colored cases – reference 11X.603

Featuring Heuer's own automatic chronograph movement (Caliber 11 and later Caliber 12), the Chronomatic movement was the centrepiece of the new collection. While the 1163 was only on sale for a few years, the design of the case served as the template for all Autavia models that followed.


The Autavia name was an amalgamation of the words Automobile and Aviation which were the two main sectors Heuer tried to market itself to sell chronographs in the 1960s. Originally the name was used for a dash timer in the 1930s however for Heuers first named chronograph series it was revived in 1962, and again in 2017 for the Re-Edition Rindt. The watch featured a 39mm case initially, rising to 42mm in the 1970s, and was more sports orientated than the Carrera and the Monaco.

The Autavia was worn by superstar Formula One drivers of their day such as, Jochen Rindt, Jo Siffert, Giles Villeneuve, Mario Andretti, Derek Bell and many others, its motorsport pedigree more than any other chronograph is without equal. The vintage Heuer Autavia ran from 1962 until 1985. Initially using the screw-back case for the Autavia 2446 / 3646, with the Valjoux 72/92 for the majority of the 1960s, then latterly the compressor case for the late 60s and early 70s. In 1969 the first automatic chronographs appeared using a cushion style case allied to the new calibre 11/12/14/15 movements which ran until Heuers demise in 1985.
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