HEUER | 'MARIO ANDRETTI' AUTAVIA, REF 3646 STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH MADE FOR THE ARGENTINIAN AIR FORCE CIRCA 1965
Estimate: 8,000 - 12,000 CHF
'MARIO ANDRETTI' AUTAVIA, REF 3646
STAINLESS STEEL CHRONOGRAPH WRISTWATCH MADE FOR THE ARGENTINIAN AIR FORCE
Calibre: cal. 92 manual winding, 17 jewels
Case: stainless steel, screw-down back
Case number: 96'763, 0416
Dimensions: 38.5 mm
Signed: case, dial and movement
Accessories: extra bezel calibrated to 60 units
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MVT: is running at the time of cataloguing and the chronograph functioning. Please note that the winding is slightly sticky.
CASE: in fair condition with the engravings on the back still nicely visible. There are scuffs and scratches visible throughout which is consistent with age and wear, and there are also some signs of polishing. The bezel with significant loss the the black ring. Case back secures without the gasket, which is included with the lot. Very fine signs of what appears to be corrosion visible inside the case and on top of the lower chronograph pusher.
DIAL: appears to have been de-lumed as the hands only react in small sections when subject to UV light. The tip of the chronograph hand is missing. Markings to the subsidiary dials as well as some fine spots and discolouration visible throughout when closely examining the dial.
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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Sourced directly from a veteran of the Argentinian Air Force, this special Heuer Autavia is a rare piece to come across. According to the information from the consignor, this reference 3646 was delivered to Argentina and worn during operations by an Argentinian fighter pilot in the late 60s, with the logo of the Fuerza Aérea Argentina engraved on the back and still nicely visible.
Even without the military provenance, the model is collectible and nicknamed 'Mario Andretti', named after the Italian-American race car driver that won two watches of this reference for being fastest in qualifying for the Indianapolis 500 in 1966 and 1967. Subsequently, he has been seen wearing them on many occasions and thus the name 'Mario Andretti' stuck. Being an early Autavia example, it has a round case instead of the later tonneau-shaped one and an attractive two-register dial layout. The present lot is fitted with the original bezel calibrated for 12 hours and is further accompanied by a new service bezel calibrated to 60 units which is perfect if the watch were to be worn on a more formal occasion. The name Autavia itself is derived from the intended use in both automotive sports and aviation. What better way to stay true to this than having a 'Mario Andretti' chronograph worn by military fighter pilots.