Bring a Loupe: The Most Expensive Example Of The Ultra-Rare Heuer Autavia 2446 Ever Offered (And More)

Bring a Loupe: The Most Expensive Example Of The Ultra-Rare Heuer Autavia 2446 Ever Offered (And More)

Heuer Autavia Reference 2446, In Its Rarest 'Full Lume' Configuration, And In Incredible Condition

The news shook the Heuer community toward the beginning of today: a formerly obscure first execution Autavia reference 2446 is being offered available to be purchased. Undoubtedly, the combination of full lume hands and enormous registers is the most pined for arrangement for an Autavia (and we can say any Heuer) and the most extraordinary. What’s more, when we say uncommon, we really mean it, as  under 10 enduring models are at present known . More significantly, all Heuer addicts appear to concur that this watch is the most attractive first execution 2446 ever seen ; the words “best vintage Heuer chronograph” were even utilized by in all honesty Jeff Stein, of OnTheDash acclaim (and the subject of a new Talking Watches ) – solid words, coming from a person who’s taken care of in a real sense many vintage Heuer watches.

Just a solitary close-up gander at the dial shows how wonderful this model is, with the kind of immaculate dial you never get an opportunity to see. The white larger than average sub-registers balance incredibly with the dark dial, as they previously did when the Autavia was delivered in 1962. The full lume handset, a critical attribute of the primary subtle execution, is comparably amazing; the radium lume has taken on a totally dazzling patina that can be additionally seen on the records. What’s more, normally, there is no doubt with regards to the inventiveness, all things considered. The sequential and development quantities of this model fall directly inside the right creation course of events (amazingly near those another Autavia 2446, notable in the Heuer community and found in Jeff’s Talking Watches).

A take a gander at the case shows a similar stunning condition of safeguarding as the dial; the condition is again amazing, beginning with the huge, clean angles on the carries. Obviously, not all things are awesome – there is some light chipping to the bezel yet it’s quite irrelevant in comparison to the great generally condition. The vender additionally adds that the caseback doesn’t bear any watchmaker’s etchings (it was common practice for within the caseback to have the date of administration scratched into it) which may demonstrate that its type Valjoux 72 was never overhauled. Surely, the development looks immaculate, with none of the light follows that an overhauling may create. To put it plainly, this is most likely a definitive Heuer vessel, and the kind of watch I fantasy about having the option to highlight each week in this column.

As you can envision this one will not come modest; it is really the most costly Heuer Autavia 2446 at any point offered openly. In the event that it sells it will become the new record for any Heuer without verifiable provenance, since a Heuer Monaco worn by Steve McQueen in the film Le Mans was sold at closeout for nearly $800,000 in 2012 .

So what is the posting cost of this extraordinary Autavia? The ask from the German seller RareBirds is €200,000, or around $213,600. This is clearly a record for any Heuer Autavia yet the extraordinariness and state of this model effectively beats that of a later 2446 that got $125,000 at Christie’s last year .

Now there is a quite enormous hole between the $125,000 at Christie’s, and more than $200,000, however Jeff Stein imagines that given the extraordinariness and state of this 2446, it could occur. He says, “Somebody will pay $200,000 for this Autavia on the off chance that they need the absolute best of the vintage Heuer breed . . . nobody could sensibly hope to at any point discover another of these, in this condition.” You can discover this really uncommon Heuer Autavia 2446 first Execution on the dealer’s website.

Rolex Daytona Reference 6263, With Full Set And Lightly Tropicalized Sub-Registers

A “full set” consistently carries  a parcel of additional incentive with vintage Rolex, significantly more than you would anticipate that some old box and papers should be worth. Naturally, they ought not be considered as an undeniable certainty of credibility, since those components can be handily sourced freely and doctored to make them look unique. However, finding a certifiable full set vouches for the fastidiousness of the proprietor, which ideally converts into exceptional condition for the watch. 

Here, this Daytona 6263 accompanies everything, remembering the first receipt from the deal for 1988. Also, its condition is genuinely amazing, from the apparently immaculate case to the ideal dial with tropicalized sub-enlists (that is, they’ve become somewhat brown). The watch bears a chronic number beginning with the letter R, showing a truly late creation for this reference 6263, which would be supplanted by the advanced reference 16520 out of 1988. The change among vintage and present day is clear in those 2 unmistakable references; the plexiglass precious stone offers path to a sapphire gem, the case width increments to 40mm, and the manual-injury Valjoux 72 vanishes, and is supplanted with a programmed chronograph development provided by Zenith. 

The Italian seller Tempus Orologi records this full set Rolex Daytona 6263  for $85,000.

Omega Seamaster 300 Reference 165.024, With Double Signed Dial

A twofold marked dial is a desired element with vintage watches, as they make the piece considerably more uncommon than the “standard” cycle, and vouch for a special connection between a brand and a retailer (take Rolex or Patek Philippe and Tiffany & Co., for example). In such manner, the Swiss-based Meister is notable for showing up on the dials of different instances of Omegas, outstandingly on vintage Speedmaster and Seamaster. 

The early Seamaster 300 existed with or without date; the reference 165.024 here originates before the date variant reference 166.024 which was just uncovered in 1967. Here, the fascination of this Omega Seamaster 300 isn’t simply in the way that it has a twofold marked dial; its condition is really remarkable. The 40mm case with trademark lyre hauls looks unpolished, the lume is pleasantly protected, and the plexiglass is the first part with the Omega logo. The watch additionally comes with its unique arm band (the reference 1939) similarly as another incredible looking Meister-marked Seamaster 300  previously did.

The Italian seller Alessio Zenga just showed this uncommon Omega Seamaster 300 with Meister dial on its Instagram page, and estimated it at €15,000 (or around $16,000).

Hamilton Chronograph Reference 7723, With Panda Dial

The panda/switch panda setup is consistently a success with vintage chronographs, whatever the mark on the dial may be. This clarifies the supported ubiquity of these Hamiltons, frequently alluded to as the “Helpless Man’s Carrera”. Strangely, they were really produced by Heuer, which clarifies why the reference number engraved looking into it coordinates Heuer’s classification, the 7723 reference being one of the economy chronographs that the brand offered. 

First thing to check, the caseback says “Tempered steel”, and not “Hardened steel caseback”, which would mean a steel caseback just, with a less alluring chrome covered case (among Heuer economy models, the reference 7723 did in reality come with a full treated steel case, however numerous others didn’t ). The dial is pleasant, with just little hints of maturing to the sub-registers. The crown is unsigned, so it is likely a new part, and given the helpless attack of the endlinks one should likewise expect that the Hamilton-marked wristband isn’t unique to the watch. Finally, I would ask the vendor what he implies while portraying the first hands as bearing “shading coordinated lume”, which in the most dire outcome imaginable would suggest a relume.

This Hamilton reference 7723 is offered for $2,100.

Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox Reference E877, The 'Snowdrop'

The vintage Memovox “Snowdrop” really enlivened the new re-issue, the Master Memovox that Jack covered. However, the re-issue didn’t keep the very 1970s case plan that the reference E877 initially accompanied. The 43mm case is exceptionally particular in not having any projecting hauls, and was even fitted with an astounding two-tone wristband  –steel and blue as you would anticipate from the period. It is nonetheless an uncommon reference, just delivered in around 2,000 pieces between the distinctive dial setups (silver, beat up dials can be found in the tempered steel cases).

The model here comes on a tie, with an emanating blue dial. The high-beat type 916 clarifies the “Speed Beat notice” looking into it back and depends on a full size turning rotor, rather than the guard twisting arrangement of the early programmed Memovox. Similarly as with most Memovoxes, the alert is set through the upper crown, which controls the turning community plate. The handset here is right for the reference E877, albeit some maturing (soil?) can be seen on the lume of the moment hand.

The Keystone recorded this Jaeger-LeCoultre Memovox E877 “Snowdrop” for $6,500.