Heuer Autavia 11630 MH Automatic Chronograph circa 1975


Brand: Heuer

Model: Autavia 12 ref. 11630 MH Automatic Chronograph (Black Dial w/ Orange Accents); Swiss Made; serial #261,XXX circa approximately 1975

Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 42mm excluding the original "fluted" pushers and "HEUER" signed crown

Strap: 20mm black perforated leather rally strap with HEUER "B" stainless steel tang buckle; this strap was specifically designed to look identical to the original Heuer Corfam rally straps

Movement: Heuer cal. 12 self-winding automatic chronograph movement (17 jewels) with date display at 6 o'clock; 21,600 BPH; Swiss Made

Features: Stunning original matte black dial with dark grey sub-registers and neon orange accents; original neon orange hands and original white sub-register hands; 12-hour chronograph recording capability; balanced date display at 6 o'clock; original black "MH" bezel (minutes/hours) displays elapsed time (i.e. during dives) and can track a second time zone; oversized solid stainless steel case; original-owner history

Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel case appears to be unpolished or very close to it with sharp bevels and the original finishes in tact; crisp screw-down caseback with the original brushing still visible; reference number and serial number are both clearly legible between the lugs; near-perfect original matte black dial with crisp printing and attractive neon orange accents; creamy Tritium lume has aged to a pleasing hue throughout; lume dots at 3 and 9 o'clock are completely in tact, but the rectangular lume plot at 11 o'clock has mostly flaked off; original Tritium hands are in great condition with all of the luminous material in tact and matching; original white sub-register hands; original black "MH" bezel retains its original lume dot at 12 o'clock and exhibits some minor wear; there is a very small chip in the mineral glass crystal to the right of 12 o'clock (only cosmetic)

Other: Vintage Heuer is as hot as it has ever been and we all know how difficult it is to find honest, original examples of desirable executions. It is not often that we learn the history behind a particular watch, but we had the pleasure of speaking directly with the original owner (Don) about this Heuer Autavia 11630 MH. Don was a U.S. Army Captain in the Air Defense Artillery Unit stationed in Germany in the 1970s. His wife also worked in Germany at that time and had been wanting to buy him a nice watch. She thought a Rolex would be a good choice and insisted on it even after Don told her that he wanted a Heuer (which was nearly the same price back then). As a self-proclaimed car enthusiast, Don appreciated Heuer's strong connection to motor racing and recalled Steve McQueen wearing his legendary Heuer Monaco 1133B (who ultimately made it famous). Low and behold, on Christmas Day in 1975, he received this special Heuer 11630 Automatic Chronograph from his wife who had purchased it at a local watch shop in Hanau, Germany. Don wore this watch throughout his military career and used it to time military drills and exercises. He was proud to report that his Autavia was far more accurate than any military-issued timing devices. If you're looking for a collectible vintage chronograph, this original-owner Heuer Autavia is a great buy!

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