Rare Watches, Magnificent Jewels & Objets de Vertu 14 January 2019 | Monaco LOT 10


Heuer Autavia, ref. 2446, third transitional execution chronograph, stainless steel.

Estimate € 16,000 –⁠ 22,000

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Lot Description

Model: Autavia
Material: Stainless steel
Reference N°: 2446
Year: Circa end of 60s
Case N°: 456867
Caliber: V72
Bracelet: Leather strap
Dimensions: 39 mm
Signed: Dial, case, movement

Always seeking to increase the readability of their chronographs, the brand created several different executions of the dial and hands for this reference. The present watch, from the mid-1960s displays the so-called 3rd execution dial, featuring stainless steel applied indexes with luminous dots on the outer end and straight hands with a luminous insert. But the most important point to note on the present watch is the transitional case. It is believed that no more than 500 watches were produced using this transitional case that features straight lugs with no bevels. The case and the dial has very nicely aged featuring the right amount of patina and it would be a nice missing piece for any collection devoted to Heuer’s most iconic model.

Montre Heuer en acier, modèle Autavia, réf. 2446, Troisième Génération, mouvement Choronographe. Toujours soucieuse d’améliorer la lisibilité de ses chronographes, la marque a créé plusieurs versions différentes du cadran et des aiguilles pour cette référence. Le boitier et le cadran ont très joliment vieilli avec la patine adéquate et cet exemplaire serait une belle pièce manquante pour toute collection dédiée à un des modèles les plus emblématiques de la marque Heuer.