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I am offering this fantastic Heuer Autavia 1163 GMT, Mk2 also called " red needles".
I think most of us know the story of this watch that was only produced for a very short time because of the red subdial hands that were very hard to see in an airplane cockpit.
Here an interesting review: http://thoughts.onthedash.com/thoughts/autavia-gmt-red-needles/
Interesting to know is that a Mark2 1163 GMT was sold at the Phillips Crosthwaite & Gavin auction for CHF 30,000 ( https://www.phillips.com/detail/HEUER/CH080317/27 )
This particular watch was in a pretty good condition when I bought it. Also the case was unpolished.
Nevertheless I decided to have the case refurbished by Luca Martini in Parma, Italy.
I think most of us know by now that only a couple of people are able to perform a case refurb of this extremely high quality.
In fact there are only two people in the world I trust for a job like this. We can discuss about wether it was a wise decision or not.
In all honesty I believe it was. My pictures tell a lot. I think most of us would agree when they see the watch in real. It just looks fabulous.
What is more the case is still in perfect harmony with the rest of the watch that is also in excellent condition.
Dial is absolutely spotless, the subdials are super clean and white ( which is very important for me ).
The sweeping second hand and GMT hand have faded a bit but look really great.
I could have asked James Hyman to paint them to get a brighter look but I thought it might have been a mismatch with the bezel that also has that super nice faded look.
Indices have that typical peppermint white color. Don't think the lume color of indices and hands are a mismatch. All the Mark2 GMT's I have seen have the lume of the hands that look a bit more beige.
The color of the dial is not really black. In my first picture you can compare the color with the black color of an original corfam strap.
I will not call it tropical ( like Phillips does ) but it's definitely not black. Let's say it's more of a very dark chocolate 99% cacao color.
Correct no lume dot bezel with even numbers ( so this is not a later bezel or service bezel! )
The bezel is in very good good condition apart from the scratch next to the number 14. In real it's really not that visible as in my XXL pictures.
Colors a bit faded like on most of these Mark2 GMT's but still pretty strong and definitely very cool.
Original plexiglass in excellent condition. Original fluted pushers and signed Heuer crown.
Mechanically the watch is running 100% perfect. It was completely serviced by my watchmaker and comes with a 12 month guarantee.
Model: Heuer Autavia 1163 GMT, Mark2
Serial number: 225371
Movement: Heuer Caliber 14
I am pricing this watch conform to the current market conditions. So I am not looking for a price that would have been very normal 1,5 years ago.
This said I believe this watch may turn out to be a bargain in 6 or 12 months from now. The future will tell.
The watch will be sold with a quality leather JPM strap. An original black corfam small holes is available for an extra 250 euros.
Why am I selling the watch? I have two other Mark2. One is really tropical and I want to keep that one. The other one I bought from Jeff Stein.
And one day that watch will be worth a fortune. :-)
Price: 12,500 euros ( fully insured FedEx shipping included )
Payment: Bank transfer or PP ( +4% )
( I give a full refund in case of any problem )