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Heuer Autavia 2446 H Jochen Rindt

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Heuer Autavia 2446 H 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

Further reading…
Valjoux 72 Technical manual
Dec 2005 Posting by Chuck Maddox on the V72

More info & Photos of Jochen Rindt & his watch here on fellow a Heuer enthusiasts excellent site..
http://gianvittorioheuer.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/heuer-autavia-2446-m-jochen-rindt.html

Jochen’s wife, Nina, has a fascinating FB page, where she posts great old photos – well worth a visit..
Nina Rindt’s Facebook Page

Written by Heuerville

January 11, 2013 at 11:16 am

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  1. Hi Stewart,
    I absolutely love this particular Autavia and after some searching have acquired one in seemingly reasonable condition. I am currently trying to determine how original it is and wonder can you please tell me if your’s has a signed Heuer crown?, mine has and I’m just not sure if these earlier Autavias were issued with signed crowns or if this is a later replacement. Certainly the minute bezel insert fitted on mine is a very recent addition, it looks brand spanking new compared to the rest of the watch with it’s nicely faded dial.
    Thanks,
    Tony

    Tony

    June 11, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    • Hi Tony,
      Congrats on your ‘Rindt’!
      My crown, I believe is fully original to the watch as it is very worn, and is not signed. I can’t remember when exactly the signed crowns came into play, but as far as I know they weren’t signed, like some of the early Carreras. This may not mean that your crown has been replaced recently – it’s possible that it was replaced at service by Heuer in the ’70’s – you never know. Personally, I wouldn’t worry about it, I always like a signed crown.

      Heuerville

      June 12, 2013 at 8:28 am

      • Thanks for the response Stewart, I suspected from the photos that your crown was not signed. The crown condition on mine is very much in keeping with the overall patina of the watch, bar the shiny bezel insert, so if the crown is a later addition it must have been added some time ago as you intimated above. The watch is about to be serviced and the battle scarred crystal will need a very deep polish or replacement but I think it will be a definite keeper once this is all done.
        Take care,
        Tony

        Tony

        June 12, 2013 at 11:22 pm


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