TAG Heuer Autavia ‘Siffert’ CY2110
TAG Heuer Autavia ‘Siffert’ CY2110. ETA 2892 + Dubois Depraz chronograph module. 2006
This is the only modern re-issue I own, and for good reason. It is a stunner. I know many vintage lovers will baulk at it, but I think it is a beautiful watch that has superb build quality and wrist presence in it’s own right. I’m a vintage fan myself, so I try not to campare this with the original, it is fruitless!
It’s got a pleasing heft to it, the case is just under 43mm across, not including the pushers or crown and 48mm lug to lug. Still, it sits wonderfully on the wrist.The dial is astonishing, the way the stainless hour batons catch the light through the domed sapphire glass is just lovely. The dial isn’t actually flat white, it is almost pearlescent – well, sort of very slightly metallic.
Designed under the guidance of Jack Heuer, the first Autavia re-issue, the black with orange colourway was released in 2003 as a nod to the original ‘Orange Boy‘. The white/blue version seen here, often dubbed the ‘Siffert’ was introduced later, and is regarded as more desirable – who doesn’t like white dials with blue accents?! It is a nod to one of Heuers most famous watches, the Autavia 1163T white dial that racing driver Jo Siffert wore. Unfortunately, the re-issue didn’t sell in the numbers expected, which to a watch collector is sometimes a bonus, as there are fewer around. As part of the release, there were 150 limited edition sets available, which included the watch and an Autavia dash timer.. these sets were c$8k a pop!
It is driven by the same found in the 40th anniversary Monaco re-issue, an ETA 2892 paired with the Dubois Depraz chronograph module, this allowed the crown to be placed on opposite sides to the chrono buttons, giving the watch that ‘Cal. 11/12’ look.