Autavia 11063 MH + Decompression Bezel
Heuer Autavia 11063 MH with Decompression Bezel. Cal. 12, c1984-5
This big ol’ Autavia is one of my favourites. A huge thanks goes to Andy over at 24Heuer.com for allowing me to prise it from his hands.
As well as the stanard MH bezel/insert, it came with a NOS decompression bezel/insert, which is something of legend among the Heuer community. There has been much discussion and research into this decomp insert. The long and short of it is that they were destined for a new Autavia model, which got canned around 1985, probably due to the Autavia range being dropped when TAG merged with Heuer. A full write up about the Heuer decompression bezels can be read over on the Cal. 11 website here.
The bezel pictured in Cal. 11’s write up is the actual one on my watch!
This was the last case design for the Autavia, being the biggest in the entire range – 42mm with 21mm lugs. Another identifying feature is the stunning deep castling on the bezel edge, which gives a very pleasing tool watch appearance. Most Autavias have matt dials.. this boasts a gloss black dial, which is simply stunning. With the white highlights, it is a real classic stunner.
Definitely a keeper.