PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
HEUER | AUTAVIA GMT, REF 11630 STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET CIRCA 1978
Estimate: 5,000 - 7,000 CHF
PROPERTY OF THE ORIGINAL OWNER
AUTAVIA GMT, REF 11630
STAINLESS STEEL DUAL TIME CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH DATE AND BRACELET
Calibre: cal. 14 automatic, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 262'127
Closure: associated stainless steel bracelet and folding clasp
Dimensions: 42 mm, bracelet circumference approx. 185 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: 'Giclee' painting from Laurence Brownlie depicting world champion Jim Clark and himself
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MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing, the date advancing and the chronograph working.
CASE: in honest used condition with number engravings still clearly visible and still with some sharpness to the tip of the lugs. There is surface wear throughout in the form of scratches and small dings. The bezel is aftermarket and not made by Heuer.
DIAL: in fair honest condition with fine surface scratches and spotting as well as discolouration to the luminescence. All the indexes react fairly evenly and fade right after UV light exposure.
Please note that the movement has not been tested for the accuracy of time and may need a service at the buyer's expense. Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts.
You are advised that watch straps or bands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator or crocodile) are not sold with the watch and we reserve the right to remove these straps or bands prior to shipping. Furthermore, the watch may not come with its original manufacturers strap or band.
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The watch has not been tested to determine the accuracy of its timekeeping. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement and that a service may be required at the buyer's discretion.
The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The online condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance purposes only. The images of the lot also form part of the online condition report for the lot provided by Sotheby's. Any reference to condition in the online condition report does not amount to a full description of condition. The online condition report may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the online condition report of the lot or shown in the online images of the lot (for example, the online condition report may not specify mechanical replacements or imperfections to the movement, case, dial, pendulum, separate base(s) or dome). Watches in water-resistant cases have been opened to examine movements but no warranties are made that the watches are currently water-resistant. The online condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation because Sotheby's is not a professional conservator or restorer but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion genuinely held by Sotheby's (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact by Sotheby's). Please also note that we do not guarantee the authenticity of any individual component parts, such as wheels, hands, crowns, crystals, screws, bracelets and wrist bands, since subsequent repairs and restoration work may have resulted in the replacement of original parts. In addition, certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot (for example, the online images may represent colours and shades which are different to the lot's actual colour and shades). For these reasons, the online condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. Prospective buyers should also refer to the Buying at Auction guide which includes important notices concerning the type of property in this sale. In particular, please note it is the purchaser's responsibility to comply with any applicable import and export matters, particularly in relation to lots incorporating materials from endangered species. Please be advised that wristbands made of materials derived from endangered or otherwise protected species (i.e. alligator and crocodile) are not sold with the watches and are for display purposes only. We reserve the right to remove these bands prior to shipping. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF BUSINESS (ONLINE ONLY).
Laurence Brownlie was born and raised around cars. Not surprisingly, his dream was to become a racing driver.
In 1965 he bought a car and started participating in meetings. A talented driver, he achieved respectable results and placed 4th overall at the Teretonga Tasman cup meeting which caused the media to compare him to well known drivers such as world champion Jim Clark. A changing point in his life was the 1968 New Zealand Grand Prix at Pukekohe where he started as one of the most promising drivers. During the closing stages of the race he crashed with competitor Denis Hulme, the then current world champion F1 driver. This accident remains controversial to this day and marked the beginning of the end of his racing career.
Laurence Brownlie had Heuer lap timer stop watches for his pit crew and was a fan of the brand for ages. He particularly fell in love with the Heuer Autavia GMT when it was launched around 1978. Calling it the "greatest and most beautiful Heuer chronograph ever produced", he went ahead and bought two of them.
After his racing career he devoted himself to art and is now producing remarkable paintings from his home studio in New Zealand. His works evolve around motor racing which is still his passion and something that he likes to share with others. In that sense he is now also sharing his Heuer chronograph as it comes up for auction inviting potential buyers to participate.