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Vintage Heuer Discussion Forum
The place for discussing 1930-1985 Heuer wristwatches, chronographs and dash-mounted timepieces. Online since May 2003.
First I'd like to say thanks for the great web site and the very informative forum.
We are glad that you are enjoying it. It has been lots of fun for all us Heuer guys. I'm shopping for an Autavia, and I really like the look of the Viceroy models, not to mention the prices. A few questions:
a) Are there any differences in the movement or the dial finishing between the Viceroys and the regular Autavias? Or is the price lower simply because there are a lot of them out there?
Movements are identical; differences are in the dial and the hands; hard to say whether there is a real difference in quality. Heuer had to make some changes when they created the Viceroys -- the Viceroys were selling for $80; Heuer's long-standing customers (jewelry stores, etc.) had to be able to say that the ones they were selling for $200 were better. The were different, but who is to say which is better. They were coming out of the same factory, with very similar materials. Thirty years later, the Viceroys seem to be of excellent, enduring quality.
b) Is there an actual Viceroy logo (aside from the color scheme) anywhere on the watch?
NO -- no Viceroy logos on the watch or even the boxes, only in the advertisements.
c) The bezels seem to be a wear item--are replacements available and easily installed?
difficult to obtain; easy to install
d) What's a reasonable price for a Viceroy Autavia?
Prices have been very strong lately; the range seems to be $700 or $800 for a reasonable one to over $1500 for the "mint-in-box" version. Beaters seem to be in the $500 range lately.
You are welcome. Thanks for reading and good luck in your search for the Viceroy.