HEUER AUTAVIA GMT 741.603 MANUAL WINDING 7741 42MM 1970s GHOST BEZEL VERY RAREHeuer
Manual Wind Autavia GMT
For auction is a Heuer Autavia GMT with a manual wind Valjoux 7741. Cushion cased Autavias have been on the rise and this 741.603 manual-wind variant is the rarest. This case design came out in 1969 and was the majority of them had a Calibre 11 based chronomatic movement. The Valjoux 7741 is actually very similar to the chronomatic, with a long mainspring manual wind component that gave it a very long 42 hour power reserve. It's a high quality movement, with jumping half hours, to which a GMT function was added by the factory. The watch is in truly amazing original shape with only light wear to the unpolished case and a slight aging to the dial. The bezel is snother story, with a ghosted appearance that really sets this watch apart and adds a lot of visual interest. The original jubilee bracelet is very long and in great condition, with a Heuer-signed fold over clasp with a dive extension and the prized original end links. Most Autavias have lost their bracelets over the years and it is nice to see it here. If you have been looking for an Autavia GMT that has rarity, originality and a really great look, don't hesitate. This watch is priced at what the last one of these sold for at Phillips (less a vig; that watch sold for 30k actual dollars).
Ref #: 741.603
Diameter: 42 mm w/out crown, 45 mm w/crown, 47 mm lug to lug
Lug Width: 20 mm at the lugs tapering to 16 mm (will take a 20 mm bracelet)
Height: 15 mm
Power-reserve: 38 hours
Water Resistance: N/A
Gram Weight: 128 grams
Movement: Valjoux 7741 manual winding GMT with date
Strap/Bracelet: Heuer Jubilee style bracelet to fit up to an 8" wrist
Case: 42mm STAINLESS STEEL cushion case in lightly used unpolished condition with the beautiful deep-grain sunburst finish intact, wide, sharp high-polish bevels and an eye catching unidirectional rotating GMT bezel with a ghosted Pepsi aluminum insert. The fluted pushers are very appealing on these vintage Autavias. The original flat top acrylic crystal is in nice shape, which is good, as these are difficult to find.
Dial: The original black dial with large rectangular lumed markers is in terrific condition. Similarly to the chronomatic, the manual 7741 version has a minute counter on the right and an hour counter on the left, with a semi-quickset date at 6. The red-tipped lume filled stick hands match the red triangle chrono seconds hand. The yellow GMT hand has a luminous paddle and adds a pop of color to the watch.
Condition: 85% (8.5 of 10): gorgeous perfect dial, good bracelet and great case, nice faded bezel, running very well
Box/Papers: Watch only
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