1972 Heuer Autavia Viceroy Ref. 1163V Automatic Chronograph Cal. 12 w/ Original Viceroy Magazine Ad - SOLD
Heuer has cemented itself as a core brand in the vintage watch hobby, and for good reason. With a focus on tool watches, an involvement in motorsports, and quite a few high profile wearers and ambassadors, Heuer oozes vintage cool, and collectors have noticed, making Heuer sport watches a staple in any serious collectuion.
The Autavia is the perfect example of a tool watch used for motorsport, and Viceroy's sponsorship of Parnelli Jones' F1 team in the early 70s led to one of the few truly legendary collaborations in the watch world. In 1972, readers of certain magazines were able to send in a clipping from an advertisement with a UPC from a carton of Viceroy cigarettes to receive a special Heuer Autavia in colors matching Viceroy's bright red branding. Approximately 5,000 of these models were produced in total and are becoming increasingly sought after as collector worthy examples disappear into safe deposit boxes.
We are proud to offer this 1972 Heuer Autavia Viceroy Ref. 1163V. This watch has a 2672XX serial number indicating late 1972 production and is considered part of the last, sixth “batch” of the Viceroy models. This Viceroy Autavia is completely original and appears in unpolished condition.
This Autavia comes with a brand new unworn reproduction original “tropic” rally style strap, and an original 1972 magazine ad featuring the original Viceroy promotion through which the watch could be ordered. This is not a reproduction or a copy but an original magazine clipping from 1972.
Condition is as follows:
Case: 42mm stainless steel case which appears unpolished. Original case chamfers are present and sharp. Polished sides show minor wear as shown in the photos but no gouges or deep dents are present.
Bezel: Original bidirectional tachymetre bezel in very good condition as shown in the photos. The edge of the insert shows very minor wear in some spots.
Dial/Hands: Original black dial with polished steel markers with white inserts. The tritium is complete and has aged to a creamy patina. Hands are original stainless steel with red accents and narrow tritium portions.
Caseback: Excellent condition solid brushed stainless steel screw caseback.
Crystal: Acrylic crystal in very good condition with no deep scratches, cracks, or chips.
Movement: Heuer caliber 12 automatic chronograph movement with all functions working correctly including start, stop, and reset to zero of the chronograph. The movement keeps good time.
Bracelet/Strap: New, unworn black leather rally strap in the same style as the original strap shown in the included magazine ad.
Accessories: Included is an original 1972 magazine ad featuring the original Viceroy promotion through which the watch could be ordered. This is not a reproduction or a copy but an original magazine clipping from 1972.