Original Vintage Heuer Autavia Ref 11630 Caliber 12 Swiss Automatic 42mm 1970’s
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WHY THIS WATCH MATTERS
Heuer and Viceroy’s collaboration was such a smashing success that Autavias like this reference 11630 were still produced after the promotion ended in 1972.
THE FULL STORY
Associating watches and cigarettes might not sound like a good idea today, but it definitely worked in the 1970s when Heuer offered an Autavia for half price if you presented proof of purchase of 10 packs of Viceroy cigarettes. The Heuer Autavia Viceroy was an instant success, as it offered the latest automatic chronograph caliber as well as a very cool look, with its bright red handset. The “Viceroy” Autavia was such a success, in fact, that the manufacturer decided to keep the model in production under the reference 11630 even after the partnership ended. The 11630 offered the exact same features and aesthetics, as you see in the example here. This is a classic vintage Autavia that looks great on the wrist and has a great story to go along with it to boot.
THE FINE PRINT
Material: Stainless steel
Dimensions: 42mm diameter; 15mm thickness
Crystal: Sapphire crystal
Lume: Yes, tritium
Caliber: Automatic Chronograph Movement Heuer Caliber 12
The Debut Of Heuer Autavia 11630
Heuer unveiled the Autavia 11630 in 1972, which was part of the third generation of watches to join the Autavia collection. The 1970’s Autavia watches included the ref. 1163, the ref. 11630, and the ref. 11063. This trio of watches featured a completely new case design with chunky integrated lugs. The case measures around 42.5 mm in diameter and 15 mm in thickness, along with the now-familiar right-hand position of the chronograph pushers and the left-hand position of the winding crown.
Heuer Caliber 12
A telltale sign of the movement within the vintage Heuer Autavia 11630 is the placement of the winding crown on the left-hand side rather than the more common right side. This signals the presence of the Chronomatic movement.
The development of the Chronomatic caliber—one of the world’s first automatic chronograph movements—was led by a consortium of watch brands that included Heuer, Breitling, Buren, and Dubois-Depraz. Chronomatic chronographs were introduced in March 1969 and they were made available for sale to the public the summer of the same year.
Heuer named their first version of the Chronomatic movement Caliber 11 and followed it up with a slew of derivatives such as Caliber 12. And powering this vintage Heuer Autavia 11630 is the Chronomatic-based Caliber 12 automatic chronograph movement operating at 21,600 beats per hour.
Sporting a recognizable shape, iconic name, and legendary movement, the vintage Heuer Autavia 11630 is a fantastic living piece of horology history just like the Heuer Monaco. And despite its age, the Heuer Autavia has the added benefit of featuring a modern sized case, making it a very wearable vintage watch that fits today’s size standards.
Attention ALL Tag Heuer Autavia Collectors! Here is the very rare Original Vintage 1970’s Heuer Autavia Ref 11630. Best part is it has the original box and paperwork! This watch is in excellent Vintage condition with original dial, movement, pushers, correctly signed crown etc! A true Autavia collectors piece! Just Awesome!
MODEL: Autavia Chronograph Ref 11630
MOVEMENT: Automatic – Swiss Caliber 12
CASE: Stainless Steel
DIAL: Gorgeous Black Panda Dial with Silver Chrono Sub Dials
BEZEL: Rotating Bezel
CONDITION: pre owned – As-New
BOXES/PAPERS: Complete Original Heuer Box Set with all paperwork shown, etc – Everything in pictures
WATER RESISTANCE: – Vintage – recommend to not dive with it 🙂
STRAP/BRACELET: – Custom Black perforated leather racin strap with red stitching and steel buckle.
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