Thursday, October 23, 2014

Heuer Autavia reference 1163 black dial - second version

"On the second version of the Reference 1163 MH Autavia, the “Chronomatic” name is no longer being used, and the dial follows the more common configuration — model name (“Autavia”) above the Heuer shield and “Automatic Chronograph” on the bottom half of the dial.  The applied steel markers (with ridges) and the polished steel hands with luminous inserts continue from the previous “Chronomatic”.
This version of the Autavia was introduced in late 1969, after Heuer had ceded the “Chronomatic” name to Breitling.  These Autavias are relatively rare, with collectors paying a premium for the “ridged” markers.  Estimated value for a nice one . . . probably at least $4,000." 
This is a little piece from the great review Mark Moss did on the fantastic 1163 black dial models. Underrated and still under the radar of most watch collectors, I believe that this Derek Bell Autavia 1163 is one of the best watches to buy today. I just found this amazing one with NOS case; it didn't come cheap but the watch is worth it.

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