1972 Heuer Autavia 'Orange Boy' - Cal. 12 - Ref. 11630 MH
A Fine and Iconic chronograph.
WHY IS THIS WATCH SPECIAL
The Heuer Autavia ref. 11630MH with a black dial and neon orange accents evolved an early automatic chronograph in a very distinctive way.
The Heuer Autavia is one of the most iconic models produced by the manufacture. First introduced as a wristwatch in 1962, the word “Autavia” is a combination of “auto” and “aviation.”
The orange-and-black version was nicknamed "Orange Boy" by collectors for the striking orange accents used in the 30-minute counter and the handset which brought out a 1970s vibe.
This is one impressive timepiece.
The Heuer ref. 11630MH (MH for the minute/hour indication on the bezel) was introduced in 1972 as the second generation of the much loved ref. 1163 series. It retained its 42mm case with the classic sunburst finish and was produced in several dial variations.
The outer bezel had gotten wider with an added luminous dot placed in the inverted triangle at 12 o'clock. The crystal was upgraded to a mineral version for greater durability, but the biggest difference was the case construction. The case was thicker by almost 1.5mm compared to the previous model. The easiest way to tell the difference between the two references is the fact that the pushers are entirely visible from the back of ref. 11630. The present example is in overall great condition, with a beautiful immaculate black dial and a very well preserved bezel.
- Maker: Heuer
- Model: Autavia 'Orange Boy'
- Reference: 11630 MH
- Case N°: 3012XX
- Year: 1972
- Material: Stainless steel
- Dimentions (WxHxT): 42x47x15mm
- Caliber: Heuer caliber 12
- Bracelet/Strap: Original stainless steel Heuer
- Lug width: 20mm
- Box/Papers: N/A
THE IMPORTANT DETAILS
The dial, hands and bezel are in great condition, the lume on the hands and on the dial are complete. The bevels on both sides of the case are clearly visible. The sunburst finish on the top of the case is present. The original stainless steel strap is unpolished and in top 'unstretched' condition. The dial, case, movement, strap and crown are all signed, "Heuer". The steel strap has all it links and thus can fit a very large wrist.
It has a virile and sporty presence on the wrist an can be worn daily.