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This is a beautiful example of a highly coveted 1970's Autavia reference (one of the rarest observed dial variations), and this particular watch was featured in TAG Heuer's "Museum in Motion" exhibition in Miami this winter. I could stare at the dial for days, but have fairly skinny wrists and prefer the 36mm Carreras, hence why I'm listing it. Better on someone else's wrist than in my watch box. Condition report below:
Case / Crown: Case is in great shape and still sports its original sunburst finish complemented by the sharp faceted edges running along the case. Caseback is in great condition. Crown is original. Overall, a beautiful example of an unpolished 1970's Autavia.
Dial / Handset: Perfect, highly desirable dial with creamy patina and all plots in perfect condition (as well as the white paint stripes on top of the applied markers). The hands have aged to a slightly different shade, but the orange coloring remains vibrant. The orange scale on the minute counter has a pleasant fade to it. Overall, a very well preserved dial and handset.
Movement / Functionality: The Villeneuve Autavia is powered by a Valjoux 7736 and was serviced by Chronodeco a month ago (a Heuer specialist and my favorite watchmaker). All functions work perfectly and the watch keeps perfect time. I no longer open watches for pictures unless absolutely necessary, but I stand behind the movement condition and performance. The watch is also covered under warranty for one year.
Strap: I was able to uncover this watch with its original leather rally strap and Heuer buckle (a very rare occurrence). The strap is in terrific condition and complements the watch perfectly.
My price is $11,000 or best offer (will consider trades) with payment via PayPal (friends and family or add 3%) or direct bank wire. US sale preferred, international sales will pay the cost of shipping. Face-to-face in Chicago is also welcome for local buyers. Finally, I have plenty of references available as a buyer and seller that I can provide if necessary.
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