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Your history changes my opinion... I still feel it unlikely Heuer would marry two of its star products like this, and although we have never seen such a hybrid before, your Fathers position, his relationship with Jack Heuer combined with the fact it was a gift significantly raises the odds that this could potentially be a one off created at the direction of Jack Heuer for his friend and someone that clearly helped promote the brand. If you had a letter or any information that supported this, the watch would be priceless...short of that I feel the value has potential to be greater than a normal Autavia would bring. I wouldn't be so fast to sell it before doing research...possibly even a call to Heuer for assistance.
: Thank you very much for the information you provided regarding this
: watch. Because of your interest and expertise in vintage Heuer
: chronographs, I thought I’d offer some additional context to
: this particular watch’s history.
: I inherited this Heuer chronograph in 1998 from my father, who was
: a former editor of Road & Track magazine. My father received
: the watch as a gift around 1967 from Road & Track magazine
: owner-and-founder John R. Bond, who was a personal acquaintance
: of Jack Heuer.
: This Heuer watch was routinely worn and utilized by my father
: during his myriad technical road tests of various foreign and
: domestic automobiles for Road & Track and Motor Trend
: magazines as well as at the numerous motorsport races, car
: rallies, and automotive land-speed timing events that he
: attended and participated in throughout the late ‘60’s and
: early ‘70’s including: Le Mans, Daytona, Pikes Peak, Torrey
: Pines, Bonneville Speedway, Riverside International Raceway,
: etc. However, due to his deteriorating eyesight, he discontinued
: wearing the watch in the mid ‘70’s, and it has been
: carefully stored and maintained since that time.
: Even though I was an early teenager when my father acquired this
: watch as a gift, it appears today in its general makeup as I
: remember it when he first received it. Consequently, when I
: discovered that the watch was an Autavia-Carrera hybrid, I was
: initially of the opinion that Heuer must have produced it for
: John Bond as a special-order purchase with a custom
: Although my father was certainly the original and sole owner of the
: watch -- and I do not recall any circumstances or impetuses that
: would have prompted him to combine an Autavia dial/movement with
: a Carrera case -- now that several acknowledged vintage Heuer
: experts like yourself have expressed the opinion that this watch
: is almost certainly not a Heuer factory-produced variant, I’ve
: come to accept that that it is indeed an aftermarket conversion.
: In any event, although the watch has sentimental value to me, due
: to its apparent rarity/value and the extreme nature of my
: profession and general lifestyle, I would not wear it or
: otherwise make use of it. Therefore, I am considering selling
: I suppose the watch could be separated into its respective
: Autavia/Carrera elements and subsequently recombined with more
: customary vintage parts to produce one or more typically
: configured ‘60’s Era Heuer timepieces, but I don’t think I
: have the inclination or wherewithal to do this. Consequently, I
: would like to sell the watch “as is” to someone who would
: adorn it and/or preserve it in their personal collection. With
: this in mind, do you have any advice on how to best appraise the
: value of this watch and to subsequently advertise and sell it?
: Thank you in advance for any additional information you might