Heuer Autavia*** 2446 C Military FAA*** 1970
Heuer Vintage AUTAVIA 2446C Argentinian Air Force (FAA), Valjoux 72, 1970
Serial: 131453
Circa: 1970
Reference No.: 2446 C

DIAL: Black Dial with Heuer logo, applied metallic indexes with luminous ends, white subdials. Silver hours/minutes and chrono hands.

CASE: 40mm, stainless steel, 'compressor' snap-back, Heuer crown, round pushers, crystal in acrylic
Argentinian Air Force logo engraved on the caseback as well as Military stock number.

MOVEMENT: Heuer signed Valjoux 72, Manual-wound mechanical column wheel chronograph movement, 17 jewels

BRACELET: Stainless Steel Heuer bracelet made by Gay Freres and dated 1.65.

CONDITION REPORT: Original and good condition. The dial shows signs of aging and the luminous material has darkened over time. The bracelet is in excellent condition and original.

Heuer introduced the Autavia wristwatch collection in 1962 and was produced until to 1986. The dashboard timers with the same name were produced from 1933 to 1958. The name "Autavia" is derived from the words Automobile and Aviation. This name was indicative of the purpose these chronographs were intended for. The Autavia 2446 manual chronograph was introduced in the late 60’s and several variations were made with differences in cases, dials, pushers and hands.
This particular 2446C was launched in 1968 with the slightly larger 40mm, instead of 38.8mm, compressor case that is a snap back instead of the screw-back case. It was still fitted with the reliable workhorse 3-counter Valjoux 72 column wheel chronograph movement.
A very limited series of Heuer Autavia watches were issued to the Argentinian Air Force making this particular example one of the rarest Autavia models.