Zodiac by Heuer*** Poor Man's Autavia*** 1970's
ZODIAC Vintage Heuer Autavia Chronograph, Valjoux 7734, Ref 73463, excellent condition, 1970’s
Serial # 262709 (between lugs) / 842 887 (inside)
Circa: 1970’s

Zodiac vintage Autavia Chronograph made by Heuer, orange and black dial, original zodiac metal JB Champion bracelet, Circa 1970’s

Valjoux 7734, Hand-wound mechanical chronograph with date, 17 jewels

Black Dial with orange accents, silver baton hour indexes with luminous markers, date aperture at 6 o’clock, ZODIAC and SWISS printed on the dial. Orange hour, minutes and chronograph seconds hands, white sub counter hands.

42mm, Stainless Steel tonneau shaped with black rotating bezel, crown with Heuer logo, screw-down case-back, acrylic crystal.

Original stainless steel Zodiac signed JB Champion bracelet


Due to the high demand for Heuer chronographs during the 60’s and 70’s, they also produced similar models to their own for other brands like Abercrombie and Fitch, Lejour, Zodiac and Clebar. These pieces were manufactured by Heuer and rebranded often utilizing the same movements and sharing components such as cases, crowns, hands, dial bases. In some instances, these components where ‘on brand’ signed Heuer parts or had the same reference numbers as the Heuer equivalent models.

The founder of Zodiac, Ariste Calame, began his watchmaking workshop in Le Locle, Switzerland in 1882. Lois, his son, took over in 1895 and Zodiac was officially registered as a trademark in 1904.