Heuer Autavia Viceroy 1163V - 1972
Heuer Autavia Viceroy 1163V
Big Tobacco has historically not seen as doing a whole heap of good for the world, unless that is you're into motorsport, or happen to be a fan of Heuer watches. The first association may be straightforward, with some of the most iconic liveries, ad campaigns, and corresponding images of racing hero's doing heroic things in motor vehicles intrinsically linked with tobacco sponsorship. Less known is their association with Heuer, who already had an unsurpassed reputation amongst the motorsport fraternity, but who were largely unknown to the watch buying public. That all changed in 1971 when they collaborated with Viceroy Tobacco, with the resulting promotion thrusting Heuer into the watch buying lexicon, and in all likelihood saving the company from collapse.
The result of this collaboration with Viceroy was a modified Autavia, which now featured brushed hands with red accents, 12 numerals on the hour subdial, and a tachymetre bezel previously seen on the Siffert models only. The previously relatively poor-selling Autavia was now a huge success, and the love for it has only grown over the years.
These watches had a very limited run, and this particular piece dating from 1972 presents in very good vintage condition. Case is very sharp, lugs are even, and only minimal polishing if any, has taken place. Shows some small dings, dents and scratches as is to be expected of its age. Please see images for full condition details.
Dial is in fantastic condition, with light patina on the subdials. All plots are in place. Hands look to have had a relume at some point. Bezel insert is aftermarket, but the original is included with the sale.
Comes mounted on an aftermarket leather strap which shows wear.
Unknown service history. Date changes over at midnight. Chrono starts, stops and resets, though every now and then it doesn't reset to exactly 0. Currently keeping COSC timing.
Comes as watch and original bezel, with an aftermarket box. No papers.
Model #: 1163V
Case Material: Stainless Steel
Case details: 42mm x 15mm
Movement: Heuer self-winding chronograph Calibre 12
Dial: Black with white subdials
Paraphernalia: Original bezel and aftermarket box
Grading: Very good vintage condition
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