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Heuer Autavia

Post by TSD » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:50 pm

Q&D review of the modern Autavia. I tried this on a few weeks ago at an AD, and snapped up a solid deal on the secondary market. Real world impressions are much better. The matte dial and white registers appear true to the original, but its otherwise thoroughly updated case size fits current trends. If you think of this as a modern chronograph, Heuer nailed it. It does wear true to size for a 42mm case, but it's not a tall mid-case, and the downward sloping aluminum insert in the bezel means it's really just the domed crystal that gives it a 15+mm height.

I'd been hoping to try the in-house movement (CH80) when they mothballed it two years ago, and it's finally back into production here as the Heuer 02. Great pusher feel as you would expect with a column wheel/vertical clutch, and timekeeping is dead on so far. There is too much rotor noise, but only if you're making an effort to twist it.

Dial and bi-directional bezel align nicely, and the date is centered and very unobtrusive. The case polishing is well done, but I might brush the tops of the lugs, to tone it down a bit. I recognize that's the style of the original Autavia case, but it has cool chamfered lugs that would look great with a little less bling. Overall, it's a fantastic watch, and I'm glad to have a Heuer back in the rotation. :salute:

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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Jun 16, 2017 12:56 pm

This watch has some of the most tasteful "vintage lume" I've seen. It's really well done on this one. Totally unobtrusive.

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Post by BacoNoir » Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:13 pm

I like the high contrast panda dial too. Looks great on the strap but was too shiny for me on the bracelet.

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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by JP Chestnut » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:26 pm

BacoNoir wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 1:13 pm
I like the high contrast panda dial too. Looks great on the strap but was too shiny for me on the bracelet.
I agree that it's much less shiny on a strap.

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Post by demer03 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 2:54 pm

Hell yeah. So much to love.
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Post by r.palace » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:03 pm

Looks great, congrats. Will have to check it out soon
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Post by aikiman44 » Fri Jun 16, 2017 3:47 pm

They did a great job on this, congratulations!
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Post by logan2z » Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:48 pm

I like it a lot. I think that Jeff Stein was right when he said it's best not to compare it to the original. It's a modern interpretation of the Rindt Autavia, it's not intended to be an exact replica. I think it stands on it's own quite well. A full complement of hash marks on the minute register and I'd have no complaints.

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Post by hoppyjr » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:17 pm

logan2z wrote:I like it a lot. I think that Jeff Stein was right when he said it's best not to compare it to the original. It's a modern interpretation of the Rindt Autavia, it's not intended to be an exact replica. I think it stands on it's own quite well. A full complement of hash marks on the minute register and I'd have no complaints.
^ This.

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Post by rockmastermike » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:18 pm

That's a great looking rotor and movement, too
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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by TSD » Fri Jun 16, 2017 5:40 pm

Appreciate it, guys. :fro:
logan2z wrote:
Fri Jun 16, 2017 4:48 pm
I like it a lot. I think that Jeff Stein was right when he said it's best not to compare it to the original. It's a modern interpretation of the Rindt Autavia, it's not intended to be an exact replica. I think it stands on it's own quite well. A full complement of hash marks on the minute register and I'd have no complaints.
Totally agree, Andrew. I was going to say that I think it's a mistake to refer to this as a "reissue." It's a modern Autavia, and a damn good watch. If you get past the design cues that are meant to be faithful to the Rindt but are silly (i.e. the hash marks on the minute register that mirror the original, when 2 1/2 minutes marks are what you get as a result), the overall impression is extremely positive.

I didn't care for the fully polished BOR bracelet (again, I know it's trying to be faithful), but it's going to be nice strap watch, for sure. Great downward curve to the lugs really balance the size/height on my wrist. Hadn't realized the lugs are 21mm, so hoping to find a leather nato that'll work here. :pray:

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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by TSD » Fri Jun 16, 2017 6:12 pm

On a 22mm TN :salute:
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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by jeckyll » Fri Jun 16, 2017 7:12 pm

It's a beauty... and I want one :D
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Post by cdnwatchguy » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:02 pm

Damn that's sexy.
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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by toxicavenger » Fri Jun 16, 2017 11:12 pm

Tom that is stellar looking! Congrats on it buddy.

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Post by Panerai7 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 4:00 am

Looks real nice. I'd have it brushed though to make it work for me.

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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by dukerules » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:11 am

Outstanding, Tom. I'm really liking this one.

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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by Marjak » Sat Jun 17, 2017 5:34 am

Congrats Tom! I love it and will get one at some stage.
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Post by ericf4 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:09 am

My God I had to come and look at this again today. So nice

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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by goaliechris » Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:12 am

Congrats - a great looking watch. After seeing it more, I think they got a lot right. Agree with the seconds counter hash marks comment. And the leather band is perfect for it - balances out the shine.


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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by Heuerville » Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:43 am

Congrats. I think it looks superb.I was surprised by the price - I though it was going to be near the $10k mark when first announced.
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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by james80 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:02 am

Heuerville wrote:Congrats. I think it looks superb.I was surprised by the price - I though it was going to be near the $10k mark when first announced.
How much is it?

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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by Chocodove » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:12 am

Very nice, Tom. I love it on strap and am looking forward to actually seeing one in person one day.
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Post by mellonb1 » Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:46 am

Congrats Tom. Really liking this one a lot :thumbsup:
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Re: Heuer Autavia

Post by Heuerville » Sat Jun 17, 2017 8:07 am

james80 wrote:
Sat Jun 17, 2017 7:02 am
Heuerville wrote:Congrats. I think it looks superb.I was surprised by the price - I though it was going to be near the $10k mark when first announced.
How much is it?
Not sure the RRP - but there's a few on c24 for sub $4k
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