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A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS REF 2446C CASE 109470 AUTAVIA CIRCA 1968
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289
Heuer
A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS REF 2446C CASE 109470 AUTAVIA CIRCA 1968
Estimate
12,00018,000
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A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS REF 2446C CASE 109470 AUTAVIA CIRCA 1968
• Valjoux cal. 72 manual winding lever movement, 17 jewels • matte black dial, applied stainless steel faceted baton indexes with luminescent dots, luminescent baton hands, engine turned subsidiary dials for constant seconds, 30 minute, and 12 hour registers, outer minute and 1/5 second divisions • stainless steel case, revolving bezel calibrated for 12 units, chronograph pushers to band, solid snap on case back • case, dial, and movement signed • with a stainless steel Heuer buckle
diameter 40 mm
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Catalogue Note

The Autavia chronograph is one of many firsts for Heuer: the first chronograph to have a model name, the first chronograph to incorporate a revolving bezel, and the first wristwatch designed by Jack Heuer at only 30 years of age. The Autavia was creatively named for its target markets AUTOmotive, and AVIAtion, and unveiled in 1962 with great success. 

The Heuer reference 2446C is particularly special within the development of the Autavia line for its limited production (1968-1971), transitional dial and case configuration. The reference was aptly named for its updated case developed by E. Piquerez SA. The C applied to the reference 2446C, represents the compressor design back which allowed the case back to tighten as the watch is subjected to water pressure. A rubber gasket is fitted within a narrow stainless steel channel for water sealing. 

The Autavia chronograph is equipped with a Valjoux 72 movement, one of the most celebrated manual-winding chronograph movements to date. Identical to the movements of Rolex Daytona models of the 1960s, it is no surprise that the Heuer Autavia has gained significant interest in recent years. 

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