A Chronograph from Heuer with GMT Function in Stainless Steel
Movement: Automatic winding Heuer caliber 14 movement
Case: 42mm; stainless steel snap-on case back; push-down crown; and chronograph pushers at 2 and 4 o'clock; rotating "Pepsi" bezel with 24 hour-GMT feature
Dial: Black dial with luminous baton markers and hands; subsidiary dials in white at 3 and 9 o'clock for 30 minutes and constant seconds
In 1962 Heuer launched the Autavia chronograph, for use in both automotive and aviation (hence "Autavia"). Produced for more than twenty years, the model went through a number of versions. Available in a variety of dial, bezel, and case combinations, this wide range of styles is what makes Heuer so appealing to watch collectors: there's an Autavia for everyone.
Also in the late 60s, the Autavia switched to a 70s-style cushion case to accommodate the new automatic movement, the Caliber 12. A few years later, Heuer launched the Autavia GMT model. As the rotating bezel was already a feature of the Autavia, they added a fourth hand for the 24-hour function. The fourth hand, attached to the center pinion, can't rotate independently of the hour hand; instead, to show a time in a second time zone, the wearer rotates the bezel.
The present watch is an example of a later reference 1163 GMT in the iconic 70s-style case. The movement is the Heuer caliber 14, a modification of the famous caliber 12 that was developed by Heuer in a partnership with Breitling, Buren, and Debois-Depraz. The caliber 14 is almost identical to the caliber 12, taking its high-beat and smooth chronograph function and adding a GMT function. The result is a handsome watch that combines utility and elegance in a unique 1970s package.