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Heuer Autavia 11630 Tachy Black/White (Viceroy Colours)

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Heuer Autavia 11630 T Black/White, Cal. 12, c 1973-4

I already have in my collection a regular 1163V Viceroy model, so when I decided to go for a 11630 version, I knew what I was getting, so there wasn’t a great deal of excitement waiting for it to arrive… how wrong I was. I love it, it really is a very handsome watch – it oozes cool and class, fullstop. It has a certain luxury quality about it too, one thing that helps create this are the steel Monaco-esk main hands, something unique to this colourway, as (if I remember correctly) all the other 11630’s have painted handsets.  Yes, these models aren’t rare, or hard to come by, but it is a beautifully made and just goes to show that you don’t have to spend years hunting a rare piece, or a pay a kings ransom to really enjoy a vintage Heuer.

What’s really pleasing about this one, is that the surface ‘gloss’ on the tachy bezel insert has worn away over the years, leaving a very deep matt grey-black, which is just sublime – the silver tachy scale really ‘punches’ out against the matt backdrop. I hadn’t planned to put it on a ‘perlon’ NATO strap, but I think it looks wonderful on it.

This has the more common Schmitz case, with the deep-dish caseback . The Piquerez cases has more shallow stepped caseback. More info on case differences can be seen here at OTDs Viceroy guide.

Although I mention Viceroy, this model actually falls outside of the promotion dates. This model has no ‘V’ stamped along with ‘11630’ on the case, Serial is 300950, located low on the lug end, (as is the ‘11630’ on the other side).  Mark Moss, a renowned Heuer specialist, has undergone a large amount of research, as yet unpublished, into the serial numbers of the Autavias – his best guess is that this particular watch was not part of the Viceroy promotion, and was produced after the promo, in around 1973/4. Heuer continued to sell this model long after the promo ended in late ‘72, the design carrying on into the 11063 cased Autavias. Despite this technically not being a Viceroy, these watches are still referred to as such or as ‘Viceroy colours’, as it immediately identifies the colourway from other 11630s.

Despite this model being very well known, and not exactly a rare piece, the odd thing is that (as far as I know), it doesn’t appear in any catalogues that are online at the usual places (OTD or Calibre 11). The earlier 1163 and last of the Autavias, the 11063 are seen, but not the 11630. What is slightly confusing to the layman, is that the 11063 model is sometimes referred to as the 11630 in some catalogues. This is a known error amongst the Heuer community, and is attributed to an art dept. error when designing the catalogues.

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March 23, 2012 at 11:32 pm

Heuer Autavia 11630 GMT

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Autavia 11630 Cal. 14, c1974/5

Well, I finally managed to get my hands on my very own GMT. I have previously posted about a 11630 GMT, but that one was on loan from a fellow Heuerist. I was totally smitten with it, and managed to bag this one from another Heuer collector from the Milan province of San Donato Milanese. It has the ‘Cxxx’ markings on the caseback, which signifies that it was made for the Swiss domestic market and distributed by Heuer’s Swiss distributors Cuanillon.

It’s got a lovely patina to it, with creamy lume and sub dials. It’s one of my all time favourite Heuers, and a big thanks (again) goes to Abel for refinishing the case. If you are reading this Abel, you were right, it’s one of your best efforts!!
The previous owner actually had it fully serviced by TAG Heuer, and a tell-tale sign was that TAG Heuer had incorrectly brush finished the case sides, something I’ve heard from other collectors. Seems Abel could teach TAG Heuer a thing or two about these beautiful vintage pieces.

It can be seen here in the 1974 catalogue on OTD

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October 9, 2011 at 9:26 pm

Autavia 11630 MH Black/Orange

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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.

Seen in these Heuer Catalogues on OTD.. 1972 / 1974 / 1977

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…

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August 31, 2011 at 5:13 pm

Autavia 11630 GMT

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Autavia 11630 Cal. 14, c1974. On loan

The GMT’s are amongst the most sought after of the vintage Heuer’s, and it’s easy to see why. Unfortunately I don’t own this beautiful watch. It’s on load from fellow Heuerist and OTD & TZ-UK regular James. Thanks again for letting me handle this wonderful Heuer.

This particular model has two types of dial, both look identical at first glance, but if you study the two dial variation you’ll see subtle differences. This one is the rarer, having longer half hour markings on the left hand hour register. It also has more rounded minute numerals on the right hand 30 minute register. These markings are similar to it’s brother-in-law, the Calculator from the same period.

It can be seen here in the 1974 catalogue on OTD

It’s a wonderful watch to wear, the colours making a welcome change from the black and white dials so commonly seen nowadays.

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June 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Autavia 11630 MH Silver Dial

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Heuer Autavia 11630 MH  Silver Dial, Cal. 12. c1976 Serial 260217

Sublime, stunning, beautiful. These words are often banded around when commenting on a nice looking watch. I know I’m guilty of throwing around these sort of compliments at other peoples pride and joys. The problem is, when something truly gorgeous comes along, I find myself digging around my vocabulary for something more fitting, more apt. I’m struggling right now. So I’m just gonna say that the silver dialed 11630 is f*ckin’ ice cool.

While the white dialed Autavia Siffert gets all the glory, it’s cousin, the 11630 Silver dial is not far behind in my book, it is simply a cracker. The brushed silver dial has so many different looks as it catches the ever changing light conditions.

This particular example was an ebay punt and it was a bit of an ugly duckling when I opened the package from Germany. It was a mess. Incorrect pushers and crown, beaten-up case, incorrect plastic domed crystal with a silver rehaut added on top of the original rehaut, the hands were in a bad way & it needed a service too…

My knee-jerk reaction was to sell it on as quick as I could, but I decided to save it, get it back to it’s former glory. The dial was in good nick, with a lovely bit of patina. So, off it went to Belgium for a makeover. Those of you who know Abel don’t need any introduction, he worked his Jedi-like magic on it. Thanks Abel, you are a genius.

What I love about it is that it’s not ‘as new’ mint, it still retains a whiff of ‘wabi’ which suits it perfectly!

Oh, and it is very photogenic…

Prior to restoration… it was a mess…

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May 22, 2011 at 5:41 pm