The Heuer Autavia really needs no introduction. What was once seen as a cheap sports chronograph has now become a mainstay in vintage collecting circles.
The Autavia was released in 1962 under the new management of Jack Heuer, where the name was an amalgamation of the words ‘Automotive’ and ‘Aviation’. This was the first line that Jack Heuer released, even before the famed Carrera line, placing significance on the Autavia as the model that marked a new chapter for Heuer.
I can see why Autavias are loved by collectors. With a muscular 40mm stainless steel case with bevelled lugs and a thick aluminium bezel, it oozes vintage charm and really epitomises the racing culture of the ’60s and ’70s.
This particular example is in stunning condition. With an unpolished case, the bevels remain strong and the caseback markings are still visible. Moreover, the aluminium bezel has aged and turned a metallic blue. Under the sun, the watch looks amazing. Paired with a newly produced beads of rice bracelet made specifically for the Autavia, it completes the look. It’s hard to find Autavias in this condition and you get a fantastic watch for the money.