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Heuer

REFERENCE 3646 AUTAVIA A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1965

Estimate:

25,000 - 45,000 USD

Property of an important Private Collection

Heuer

Heuer

REFERENCE 3646 AUTAVIA A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1965

REFERENCE 3646 AUTAVIA A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1965

Estimate:

25,000 - 45,000 USD

Lot sold:

30,240

USD

Property of an important Private Collection

Heuer


REFERENCE 3646 AUTAVIA

A STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH WITH REGISTERS, CIRCA 1965



Dial: matte black

Caliber: cal. 92 mechanical, 17 jewels

Case: stainless steel, screw-down case back

Case number: 48'893

Closure: stainless steel Heuer buckle

Size: 39 mm diameter

Signed: case, dial and movement

Accessories: none

Case: Case in good condition with previous polish in our view. Case back with protective sticker. Some areas of corrosion to the back. Text to the outer case back is legible. Bezel with wear and some scuffs.

Dial: Dial in very good condition with even pumpkin coloring to the lume plots - lume plots and lume to hands with aging throughout. Hands with patina, especially to the center arbor. Hands with some scratches. Chronograph hand possibly later.

Movement: Chronograph operating. The movement is running at time of cataloging, however it was not tested for the accuracy of time or duration of the power reserve and may need service at the buyer's discretion. Please note that Sotheby's does not guarantee the future working of the movement. The watch is accompanied by a Heuer, genuine leather strap with some wear.


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 but rather the online condition report is a statement of subjective, qualified opinion (for example, information regarding colour, clarity and weight of gemstones are statements of opinion only and not statements of fact). 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 SALE/BUSINESS APPLICABLE TO THE RESPECTIVE SALE.

The present lot is with a new estimate of $25,000 – 45,000 USD
Saying that Heuer Autavia chronographs reference 3646 (two register) and reference 2446 (three registers) are currently amongst the most sought-after and coveted vintage chronographs is definitely an understatement, and finding a model in such a condition provides a certain sense of exhilaration.

Launched in 1962 under the new leadership of Jack Heuer himself, the Autavia’s name comes from the combination of the words Automobile and Aviation and the first Heuer model which was given a name.

The present reference 3646 called “Big Subs” due to its oversized subdials is what aficionados refer to as 1st execution dial and 2nd execution hands. As part of the earlier models, the present lot features a 30-minute chronograph counter whereas later models had 45 minute counters. Also of note is the fact that this particular watch features what is known as the 'type 2' version bezel, differing from the 'type 1' which has a 'no lume' triangle at 12. As the 'type 2' came out a few years later than the watch, one can only presume it was replaced during a routine service.

The dials of the 1st execution Autavia chronographs (made until about 1966) featured luminous markers and oversized numerals at 12 and 6 o’clock providing for a theatrical and visually arresting result. The present lot also has the particularity of having thin luminous inserts as used towards the end of the first batch of first execution reference 3646 Autavias.

The present Autavia in overall excellent condition ticks all the boxes for the savvy collector: seductive design, wearability, rarity and superb condition.