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: I am the original owner of the original Autavia
: GMT Chronogram with the original steel
: bracelet, purchased when I lived in the
: Bahamas in the early 70s. After many years
: of use in all sports, including ocean, it is
: not operating. I sent it to the Illinois
: Watch Company whose horologist, Craig Stone,
: said that he had parts that it needed and
: could repair it to original specs for
: US$387, but he said that it would not be as
: fully waterproof as it originally was, as
: the push pins that work the choronogram
: controls have normal wear and that
: replacements no longer exist. He said that
: it should not be used for ocean sports, but
: that in all other respects it would have
: like new operational specs. I decided not to
: do the repairs and to buy a new divers watch
: for sea sport. Stone offered me US$225 for
: the watch.
: Question: should I let him have it for that
: price. If not, how do you recommend that I
: sell it - I do not think that items that
: need repairs do well on Ebay, so I am
: inclined to accept his offer. However, I
: would like to think of it in the hands of
: someone who would appreciate it as I have.
: Thank you for your counsel,
: George C. McKinnis
I am confused about the GMT. In 1967, I purchased a Heuer autavia GMT in London. This predates the information that I have been able to glean from the web in terms of when this watch was produced. It also differs from the description given for the GMT in that the case seems to be that of the standard AUtavia, with the push buttons totally exposed, and three small dials on the face. There is no date window, however there is the two colored rotating basel and the GMT inscription on it.
I know that this watch was available in the USA as it and the Breitling were two of the common flying chronographs of the time.
Anybody out there able to help me with my quandry as to why the discrepancy.