Heuer Autavia 1163 GMT Mark 1

early mk1 gmt - seltener GMT-Chronograph

Description
This Vintage Heuer Autavia 1163 GMT is the very first execution of the GMT-Autavia with an automatic movement.

The history of this wristwatch began in 1969 when Heuer presented the first automatic chronograph. In the following years the newly developed caliber 11 was installed in the models Autavia, Carrera and Monaco. This movement is considered revolutionary and groundbreaking today. The Autavia reference 1163 was not only available as a pure chronograph, but also with a GMT complication. The very first version of this automatic GMT chronograph is offered here. Only the first MK1 version of the GMT-Autavia has all 1 to 24 hours on the red-blue bezel. This model was soon replaced with the MK2 version of the Heuer Autavia 1163 GMT, which has even numbers on the bezel. The GMT Autavias are very rare and special watches. But finding a MK1 version in good condition is one of the most demanding challenges for a vintage Heuer collector.

This watch looks sporty and features a nice color combination. The reverse panda dial with white sub-dials is greatly preserved and has no flaws. The original tritium lume is excellently preserved, both in the hands and in the hour markers. With the help of the yellow GMT hand and the rotating 24-hour bezel, one can read two time zones simultaneously. The bezel has beautiful colors that have lightly faded over the years as a result of natural light.

The pillow-shaped stainless steel case has only slight signs of wear and sits very comfortably on the wrist. Another highlight of this watch is the stainless steel bracelet from Gay-Frères. Those vintage bracelets are sometimes just as rare as the watches themselves. Here you can see a single grain beads of rice bracelet with a signed Heuer clasp. The clasp is engraved 4/71 (fourth quarter 1971). The reference of the end pieces is HLD.

As already mentioned, this chronograph is powered by the automatic caliber 11. The movement has been thoroughly checked by us and runs absolutely perfect.

This Heuer Autavia 1163 GMT is a stunning and special vintage watch you don't see often. Rarity, great condition and an attractive look are attributes that make this Heuer Autavia GMT an extremely valuable collector's item.

Serial number: 205xxx (1970)

Int.Exe.: 1507075
Features

Manufacturer: Heuer

Model: Autavia

Reference: 1163

Functions: date - chronograph - luminous hand - screwed-on caseback

Material: Stainless steel

Dial: black

Watch glass: plexiglass

Bracelet: stainless steel

Type of clasp: deployant buckle

Diameter: 43mm

Caliber name: Heuer Calibre 11

Movement type: automatic

Year of Manufacture: 1970

Overall condition: 8 - worn regularly - unpolished or light polished

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