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Model: Autavia 12 "Viceroy" ref. 1163V Automatic Chronograph; Swiss Made; serial #267,XXX circa approximately 1972
Case: Solid stainless steel case with screw-down back is approximately 42mm excluding the original "fluted" pushers and "HEUER" signed winding crown
Strap: New 20mm Bulang & Sons black Italian leather strap with brushed "B&S" stainless steel tang buckle
Movement: Heuer cal. 12 self-winding automatic chronograph movement (17 jewels) with micro rotor and date display at 6 o'clock; 21,600 BPH; Swiss Made
Features: Stunning original matte black dial with contrasting white sub-registers and bright red accents; original handset; Heuer cal. 12 micro-rotor automatic movement with 12-hour chronograph recording capability; balanced date display at 6 o'clock; original black tachymeter bezel displays the average speed of a moving object over time (useful in racing applications); oversized stainless steel case with screw-down back and acrylic crystal
Condition: Fantastic original condition overall with minor honest wear consistent with age and use; solid stainless steel case remains thick and sharp with great bevels and the original sunburst brushing still visible on the top of the case; crisp screw-down caseback; reference number and serial number are both clearly legible between the lugs; beautiful original matte black dial with vibrant red accents and creamy yellow Tritium lume (small lume dots at 3 and 9 o'clock have mostly flaked off); original Tritium hands are in great condition with matching original lume; original chronograph register hands are also in great condition; original black tachymeter bezel exhibits some minor wear along the edges
Other: The Heuer Autavia "Viceroy" Chronograph represents an interesting time in Heuer's company history. With the debut of their first automatic chronograph movement in 1969 (the Calibre 11), sales of Heuer automatic chronograph models moving into the 1970s were extremely slow. Who would have thought that an unlikely partnership with Viceroy Cigarettes would save the day? We could go on and on about the nitty gritty details, but our friends at HODINKEE (with the help of Jeff Stein from OnTheDash), already explained How The Number Three Cigarette In America Made Heuer A Household Name. Bottom line is that it doesn't get much cooler than the "Viceroy" in the vintage chronograph world if you've got around $5K to spend (especially if you're a car guy like most of us). It has a cool racing look, the size is great, and it comes with a bit of history to tell.