|Autavia White Orange Boy
|Black with white subcounters and orange accents
|42mm 47 lug to lug
|leather rally strap with original Heuer buckle
|Comes with WRIST ICONS handmade leather pouch if ordered at WRIST ICONS website made by Jean Paul Menicucci
WRIST ICONS brings you another collector grade Heuer. If you are looking for the best of the best, look no further. This is without any doubt the ultimate Heuer Orange Boy available on the market in near perfect condition..
The Heuer Orange Boy is one of the most collectible Heuer Autavia models. This is a rare bird since we estimate that only 200-300 examples were made of which only 50/100 still exist (in contrary to the popular belief of many experts 20-30 pieces but we rather give a better estimation; nevertheless this Heuer makes the contemporary Double Red Sea-Dweller which was produced for 11 years quite common.
Please note that on the height of the Heuer market in December 2016, Christie’s auction house sold an “Orange Boy” Autavia for $50,000, bearing case number 243034, from 1971, while our watch is even earlier with case number 2046xx and from the same year. Most recently, in May 2018 the Heuer Orange Boy served as the inspiration for re-edition called the TAG Heuer Autavia Caliber Heuer 02 for HODINKEE.
Most of the early 60s Autavia models had black dials with white subcounters (reversed panda layout). Then in 1969 there came some red accents with the pre-Viceroy models as worn by Derek bell and some blue accents with the Siffert color scheme.
The 1971 “Orange Boy” gained its moniker due to the orange accents on the dial and the Viceroy styled hands. These color scheme is very reminiscent of the early 70s with the combination of a reversed panda dial with colorful orange accents.
These accents on the dial included thin lines outside each of the hour markers, and three thick stripes on the chronograph minute recorder (sometimes called “racing stripes”). The orange accents were carried over to the brushed hands, which have orange inserts and orange triangular tips. The first Autavia to incorporate these elements was the Reference 1163, known among today’s collectors as the “Orange Boy”. Many later Autavia’s would use orange accents; many later Heuer chronographs would use the racing stripes on the minute recorder, but both these elements originated with the “Orange Boy”.
In later models you can see similar orange accents but this models is the OG. This is the granddaddy of 1970s funky Autavia, therefore the Orange Boy is a highly coveted Heuer model for some even a grail.
Source: you can read more about the Orange Boy on the site from Jeff Stein, onthedash.
In 1969 Heuer, Breitling and Hamilton were the first to bring the automatic chronograph to the market. These were the Chronomatic watches with the Caliber 11. Because of the rush to be first to market with Heuer’s partners this groundbreaking movement needed some improvements shortly after release and in 1970 the caliber 11i was released fine tuning the movement.
The caliber 12 movement improved further on the 11i and was introduced during the 1133 Monacos and 1163 Autavia ‘s lifecycle in 1971. The main improvements were strengthening of some key parts and a faster beat rate from 19800 VPH to 21600 VPH.
Overall, the exceptional finishing of the Heuer 1163 Autavia Orange Boy is noteworthy, both for its design and execution. This steel Heuer 1163 Autavia Orange Boy is remarkably well preserved.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month WRIST ICONS warranty that will be invoked from the day of purchase. Please check our website to have a look at the high resolution pictures on a macro level. You will see every detail at its best. Viewings can be arranged at our office by appointment.
It has a stainless steel case with screw down case back which is signed Heuer-Leonidas SA SWISS STAINLESS STEEL
This reference has a matte black cream dial with a painted logo and the Autavia Automatic Chronograph text on it. Further it has applied hour indices and a date window at six. The sub dial are white with orange stripes at the minute counter at 3 o’clock. The hour and minute hands are the Viceroy styled ones with orange details. The sub dial hands are stick shaped and black. The chrono hand is orange and spear shaped. Over all they match the dial really well.
new rally strap with original Heuer buckle
Comes with WRIST ICONS leather pouch if ordered at WRIST ICONS website made by Jean Paul Menicucci