Heuer Autavia 2446 H Jochen Rindt
Heuer Autavia 2446 H, 3rd Execution Screwback ‘Rindt’, Valjoux 72, 1968
I really do have a soft spot for the early Autavias, especially the v72 driven 2446’s, and this model is one of my favourites. Sure, the very early versions, especially the 1st Gen are beautiful, but they really are like hens teeth, and have a price tag to match.
Figuring out which exact generation is which isn’t that easy these days, as subtle differences have been found and this expands the generation line. A lot of work has been done recently by Rich Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin whilst researching their new book on the Autavia. (Buy it here).
The upshot is that some of the generations have minor differences in them, but still remain under the banner of one Mark. So, as an example there are 2 types of ‘Mk1’ (different hands) and so on.
As there is no ‘governing body’ on these matters, it’s actually all down to individual collectors own thoughts, but the majority would call this model the 3rd Gen. (3rd execution dial, 3rd execution hands, screw back case from 1968/9). This one has an Hour bezel, the most aesthetically pleasing in my mind, but it was also available in Minute and Tachy bezel formats. It’s more commonly known as the Rindt, as Jochen Rindt, the famous race driver wore this model (with minute bezel). Even this throws up some confusion, as some collectors loosely refer to any screw back model as a Rindt, which is technically incorrect.
The screwback generations are overall smaller in case size than the later compression cases, with an unusual 19mm lug too. They are rather beautiful, but oddly, they are quite difficult to capture properly in photos, it’s difficult to show their true essence. It sounds strange, but it’s a fine watch to actually handle – the sweeping elegant case lines, the superdome acrylic crystal, it has a warm feeling, if that makes sense, a true vintage piece with all the Autavia heritage connected to it. It really is special.
The Leather Racing Strap…
I get asked this a lot – it’s one I have hand made, I will be selling them soon, but haven’t yet set up a shop or anything. I’m advising people to follow me on Twitter, and I will publish updates direct to your phone when they are available.
My Twitter is @Heuerville
More info & Photos of Jochen Rindt & his watch here on fellow a Heuer enthusiasts excellent site..
Jochen’s wife, Nina, has a fascinating FB page, where she posts great old photos – well worth a visit..
Nina Rindt’s Facebook Page