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As much as it annoys me, I have not been wearing this as I actually have been a little scared of damaging it with it's awesome backstory. The funds will become an old 911 project car, so I hope you guys at least approve of the direction I am going!
Some of you will have seen the write-up and listing on Hodinkee. It was under consignment and unfortunately I think they priced it too high and did not "push" it as hoped. It is no longer with them and is back in my hands.
This is a remarkable Rindt due to it's condition but equally the story and letters that accompany it. I got to know the original owner quite well a number of years ago after he posted that he might have "an old Autavia from the 60's for sale, with some letters." As you can imagine, I almost lost my mind when I realized arguments that he essentially had with Heuer about his watch not working resulted in a brilliant letter from Jack Heuer - it was in reply to him saying that Heuer "Stinks". If you purchase the watch, we should talk on the phone and I'll give you the whole story and process of buying it, it was great fun.
Photography and Hodinkee article are https://shop.hodinkee.com/blogs/journal/wotw-1966-heuer-autavia-jochen-rindt-letter-signed-by-jack-heuer
The watch went to Abel and received a full service. The central seconds hand was incorrect, courtesy of the many trips to Tag service department, it was corrected to one from a 2446c.
Establishing the value that these letters add is obviously a dark art, but I am looking at offers around $33k USD shipped and insured. I have plenty of references as needed and will not make this a complicated sale - I am hoping you will do the same. Many thanks to OTD for a great space.