Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT Mk3
Heuer Autavia 2446C GMT mk3, Valjoux 724, c1969
This is a beautiful early edition to my collection. The large majority of which are mid 70’s to mid 80’s, so it’s nice to get a real old ‘un. This is the Mark 3 version of the manual wind compression cased Autavia GMTs. It is distinguished by its red central chrono hand, polished hands and fluted pushers. The caseback is high polished and blank, the only markings being the small concentric circles positioned right on the edge which indicate where to open the compression case (the ‘C’ references this).
This example has a lot of wonderful wabi to it. It is no safe queen and has clearly been used as a daily wearer, it’s 40+ year existence marked with scratches, fading and tiny scars. This all works beautifully with the sun bleached bezel and creamy sub dials, it is wonderful. I did have the tip of the GMT hand and the hour hands relumed in a vintage hue, as it was almost black and more than likely to flake off. The central red chrono hand had some chips in it, so that was sympathetically touched up. (Many thanks to Jimbo again). It does have marks on the outside of all four lugs, which was a bit baffling, but we reckon it has been in a make-shift case holder at some point of its life, but this only ads to the decades of wear and patina. The observant wil have spotted that the GMT hand is slightly out, so I think it’s about time the old girl gets a well deserved a service, so it’ll be off soon.
The Mk4 version is seen in the 1970/71 catalogues, so this Mk3 can be fairly accurately dated to 1969.
More details are in the OTD Master Reference Table (line D4) and see all the versions in the Photo Library.
Shown below with a NOS tachy bezel, I know it’s incorrect, but it looks great…