Offered here is an excellent example of the very rare first execution (MK1) Heuer Autavia, Reference 3646, nicknamed “Big Eyes”, due to the oversized chronograph registers (compared to later models). These Autavias, housed in steel, screwback cases, were produced in the early 1960s, and were powered by the Valjoux 92 movement. This example bears the serial 52xxx.
This Heuer Autavia is in great condition. The case is unpolished, with beautifully beveled lugs. The dial is perfect, with no flaws, scratches, chips, etc. The original radium lume is still present on the dial, aged to a golden orange color; the hands have been professionally color and glow-matched to the dial by LAWW (Los Angeles Watch Works).