Autavia 11630 MH Black/Orange
Heuer Autavia 11630 MH Black/Orange Cal. 12. c1972-74
One of Heuer’s most striking Autavias, the orange/black was in the Heuer range for a long time, fairly rare for a Heuer from this period. It is seen in catalogues from 1972 to 1985. These aren’t difficult to find, but not many are in mint condition. It’s occasionally, and incorrectly, referred to as the ‘Orange Boy’, a common mistake drawn from the striking orange hands and dial design.
Edit: I only recently (May 2013) realised that this model has two dial types.. this one is seen in catalogues 72-74. Note that the hour batons are polished with a white insert and a small lume dot on the end. The models seen in the ’77 catalogue has white painted batons with a lume strip in-between. I don’t know exactly when the change happened, but it was between 74 and 77. Further examination of the catalogues with other dial colours may pin it down, as it is noted that the silver dial version changed too.. I presume the Cal. 15 variants did too.
This one was bought form a US fellow collector some time ago, the crystal was a bit scratched up, so I had no idea the dial & handset was in such amazing condition, which was a pleasant surprise.
The design, like so many late Autavias, has aged remarkably well, it looks very contemporary, and wouldn’t look out of place if it were launched today. Even though Heuer has a strong history with Porsche, this model has no direct connection to them, but if ever there was a match of car & watch, then surely this 11630 and the black/orange 911 GT3 RS is a match made in heaven. I have the watch.. maybe someday I’ll have the car to match…