|Model:||Autavia Siffert MK2|
|Dial Color:||White with black sub dials|
|Bracelet/Strap:||offered with a genuine Heuer Gay Frere single grain stainless steel bracelet with a genuine Heuer signed buckle|
|Box/Paper:||Full set box and completed papers|
WRIST ICONS brings you an incredible great example of the Heur Autavia Siffert Mark 2 with original box and COMPLETED papers(rare)! This is one of the most collectible models from all Heuers. It is just a plain sexy watch with the panda dial and blue accents. A watch that was worn by one of the best drivers of the 60s, the legendary Daytona winner Jo Siffert.
In the second generation, introduced in late 1969, such as the present watch, the name "Chromatic" was replaced by "Autavia", as Heuer had ceded the “Chronomatic” name to Bretiling. However, the second generation is still fitted with the very much sough-after "ridged" hour markers.
The watch was sold on March 4, 1971 in BangKok, Thailand, by the company Bribubdha R.O.P. and has an original Gay Freres bracelet, which was the costlier option.
This piece just came back from a complete service at Abel Court in is in excellent condition!
The origin of the name Autavia goes back to 1933, when Heuer designed its first dash counter for racing cars, boats and aircraft. The name was a contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion.
Almost three decades later, in the autumn of 1961, Jack Heuer, the fourth generation head of the company, decided to create a new wrist chronograph with a turning bezel, a first for the Swiss brand.
It was also the first wristwatch personally created by Jack Heuer for the company. He chose to name it “Autavia”, just like the 1933 ancestor. The watch was successfully launched in 1962 soon gaining icon status in the automotive world.
Its ambassadors were the greatest Formula 1 drivers of the 1960s and 1970s: Jo Siffert, Jochen Rindt, Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx, Emerson Fittipaldi, Clay Regazzoni, Mario Andretti, and Gilles Villeneuve among the others.
Jo ‘Seppi’ Siffert, who wore one of the rarest of them all, the Autavia 1163 with a white dial and blue details, and that is the watch you’re looking at. This composition with the white dial is has been produced only about 1000 times and had an ambassador of its own; Jo Siffert. Siffert who was known to be a Heuer fan since the Autavia’s introduction wore his white automatic chronograph with pride until he crashed in 1971. Since that moment his name lives on with the story of this watch. The ‘Jo Siffert’ Autavia might be the most desired 1163 of them all with its pretty panda dial.
Some little side note: Siffert was a close friend of Steve McQueen's and is often credited with convincing him to wear a Heuer during the filming of LeMans. McQueen was also known to have worn a Siffert Autavia.
During the 60s there was a big race between several watch manufacturers to become the first one to launch an automatic chronograph. Zenith was the first one to introduce one to present their El primero. But it in April 1969 it became the consortium of Buren, Breitling and Heuer who were the first ones to show their automatic chronographs at Basel World. Heuer enlisted the watchmaker Buren who developed a micro-rotor automatic movement. These were the Chronomatic watches with the Caliber 11. The Caliber 11 movement employed a modular construction, mating Buren’s micro-rotor powered watch movement with a chronograph module developed by Dubois Depraz. Because of the rush to become the first to introduce an automatic chronograph to the market, this groundbreaking Heuer movement needed some improvements shortly after the release and in 1970 the calibre 11i was released fine tuning the movement.
Although the Zenith El Primero has a very nice column wheel, watchmakers prefer to service the less complex Caliber 11.
This stunning example of the Heuer 1163 T Jo Siffert Autavia Mark 2 has just been completely serviced by Abel Court. The watch comes with its original box and written papers.
Overall, the exceptional finishing of the Heuer 1163 T Jo Siffert Autavia Mark is noteworthy, both for its design and execution. This steel Heuer 1163 T Jo Siffert Autavia Mark) is remarkably well preserved.
As with all of our pre-owned watches this watch comes with a full 12 month warranty with ourselves that will be invoked from the day of purchase.
Viewings can be arranged at our office by appointment.
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.