Launched in 1962 as their first wrist-mounted chronograph with a turning bezel, the Heuer Autavia is one of the most iconic watches in automotive history. Named after a dash counter that Heuer offered for cars, boats and planes - the word Autavia is created by combining “AUTomobile” and “AVIAtion”. With its iconic panda dial, luminescent hour markers, 100m water resistance, and robust case design, the Autavia was truly a versatile watch that succeeded in fulfilling Heuer’s simple ethos of being a legible chronograph. Moreover, thanks to its aforementioned features, the Autavia could be used by pilots just as well as divers and drivers alike. Due to its commercial success and immense popularity in the early 60s, Heuer released the 2nd generation of the Autavia, which they did in 1968 with the ref. 2446, as pictured here. This gave the Autavia a revamped look in the form of squared lugs and a larger bezel. Kept in Heuer’s catalogue until 1986, the Autavia was a hugely successful watch that truly was one of the early champions in the chronograph arena.
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Est. value range
$5,000 – $7,000
Overall condition of the watch is very good. The rare tachometer bezel has some surface abrasions along the edge. Dial appears to be untouched, with nice matching luminous on the indexes and a few minor imperfections. Case is sharp and all engravings on the caseback are worn but still visible, including the serial number. Strap and buckle are from Bulang and Sons.
An iconic watch from Heuer's heyday, the Autavia has since been successfully re-released by TAG Heuer thanks to its importance for collectors as one of the brand's most historically significant pieces.