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I decided to sell one of my best Heuer watches. It's this Heuer Autavia 73363 "SIFFERT" design.
Describing the watch is pretty easy. It's 100% original ( meaning it has all the original parts it had when it was new ) and it's completely untouched;
( meaning the case has never been polished and the dial and hands still have all the original tritium )
It's always risky to say a watch is completely original and untouched. This is based on my personal experience with Heuer Autavia watches from the seventies.
I also included a picture under UV light. Under UV the hands and hour indices glow as you can see. When I take the UV away the glowing fades away after only a couple of seconds.
( picture nr. 6 )
The case is as I said unpolished. It's still surprisingly good with the sunburst effect in the upper case completely intact.
Of course it has some very superficial scratches mainly around the lugs from strap changes. No major dents in the case.
The polished sides are almost perfect and the 45 degrees chamfers are super sharp and symmetric.
Crown, pushers and case-back are in very good condition.
MH bezel is one of the cooler ones I have had. It has a nice faded gunmetal grey shiny color. Not too faded but just perfect in my opinion.
The dial, and this is pretty rare for a Siffert dial, is absolutely perfect. I couldn't find any stains or scratches. Not even under a magnifying glass.
Even so important is that the color is still super white. This might be personal but for me a quality Siffert dial has to be white. An eggshell color can be nice but nothing can beat a white dial like this one.
Dial and hands still have all the original tritium. So no relume, no touching up. The minute hand has a little crack in the lume but the lume has been stabilized by my watchmaker.
Maybe best of all is this amazing creamy color of the lume. It's just a great contrast with the white dial. Another personal thing is that I don't like white lume on a vintage watch.
All the blue accents on the dial are still super bright and sharp. Nothing has been corrected with blue paint like you often see on Sifferts.
So super white dial with creamy lume and strong blue colors. It's the perfect combination.
Original plexi. It's the plexi that sits even with the top of the bezel insert. So different from an 1163 plexi.
Mechanically the watch is working perfect. It has been completely serviced by my watchmaker.
Chrono working and resetting perfect as well. Al the gaskets are new. No sticky pusher effect.
I give a 12 month guarantee on the movement.
Model: Heuer Autavia 73363
Serial number: 214xxx
Movement: Valjoux 7733
I am pricing the watch pretty high but still fair in my opinion. Let's not forget that these manual Siffert design Autavia's are pretty rare watches.
They are undervalued in my opinion. We will understand that in a couple of years. Well that is what I expect.
Anyway, I believe that this watch is as honest as a watch can be. It's possible you'll find a cheaper one but it will be not as good as this one.
If it doesn't sell it stays with me. If it does sell the buyer will get a fabulous watch with zero issues. Nothing needs to be corrected. He just has to enjoy it.
No need to send me emails telling me the watch is too expensive. I think I know the seventies Autavia's well enough. If you don't like my price you can try making me an offer. You never know.
Price: 8500 euros ( fully insured shipping and that handmade leather strap from the pictures included )
Payment: Bank transfer or PP ( +4% )
( I give a full refund in case of any problem )