1969 Heuer Autavia GMT (Ref. 2446C) Mk. III
The Heuer Autavia came into production in 1933 as a dashboard timer for automotive racing and flying, where the Autavia name is derived, Auto and Aviation. The Autavia then later introduced in 1962 (The same year Jo Siffert entered Formula One) as the wristwatch we know today, and soon became the flagship for the entire Brand.
The Heuer Autavia ref. 2556C is the second generation of the Autavia wristwatch that features a 40mm EPSA designed case, the same designer as the Super-Compressor dive watches of the 60s. In addition to the standard Autavia chronograph, the 2446C was also produced as a GMT with the cal. 72C movement, and featured a classic “Pepsi” 24hr bezel and a slightly different dial design. The GMT line of Autavia’s carried on after the 2446C as well and into the more chunky Autavia designs of the 70s, all of which are desired and prized by collectors.
|Dial||Matte Black, White Sub-Dials|
|Strap||2pc Handmade Leather Strap|
The strong and honest case shows normal signs of use with its lug chamfers remaining present, and appears to have been very lightly polished in the past. The original “Pepsi” bezel shows some rounding and wear around the edges and has faded to a charming pink and light blue coloration. The case retains its original fluted pump-pushers and "Heuer" signed crown. The unmarked case back is correct for the Mk variant and shows light signs of use. The watch will come supplied on a 2pc handmade leather strap.
The matte black “reverse panda” Autavia GMT dial is in very good condition. The matte black portion of the dial is very clean. The white sundials do show some light aging and patina. The tritium makers have achieved an attractive patina and show no degradation under U.V. light inspection. The original tritium hands have aged to vibrant gold coloration and show no lume loss or degradation under U.V. light inspection
None. The watch was recently serviced and is keeping time perfectly, backed by a 1-year warranty on accurate timekeeping.