WHY THIS WATCH
The Heuer Autavia, a blend of "Automotive" and "Aviation," was introduced in 1962 by Swiss watchmaker Heuer. Originally designed as a dashboard instrument for race cars and aircraft, it transitioned into a wristwatch under Jack Heuer's leadership. Autavia gained fame through its association with motorsport icons like Jo Siffert and Mario Andretti. Its innovative features, such as a rotating bezel and high legibility, made it popular among racing enthusiasts. The Autavia series was discontinued in 1986, but in 2017, TAG Heuer, the successor of Heuer, reissued the Autavia, celebrating its rich heritage and reaffirming its iconic status.
The Heuer 7763C is a vintage manual-wind chronograph watch from the 1960s. Part of the Heuer Carrera family, it represents Jack Heuer's vision of a clean, legible, and functional racing-inspired timepiece. Launched in 1963, the Carrera was named after the dangerous and thrilling Carrera Panamericana road race. The 7763C features a robust stainless steel case, a two-register chronograph layout, and a classic black dial with contrasting white sub-dials. Powered by the reliable Valjoux 7730 movement, the watch ensures accurate timekeeping and chronograph functionality. The Heuer 7763C is a perfect example of the brand's commitment to precision, performance, and timeless design during its early years.
The Heuer 7763C stands out through its combination of vintage design, motorsport heritage, and functionality. Its reverse-panda dial, with a black background and contrasting white sub-dials, adds an appealing visual element, while the compressor-style case lends a unique touch. The watch's legible layout and reliable Valjoux 7730 manual-wind movement make it highly functional. With these features, the Heuer 7763C has become a sought-after timepiece, resonating with collectors and those who appreciate the timeless style of vintage chronographs.
The Heuer 7763C houses the Valjoux 7730 manual-wind movement, a robust and reliable Swiss-made caliber. It features a two-register chronograph layout with small seconds sub-dial and a 30-minute counter. The 7730 was widely used in various Swiss chronographs during the 1960s and 70s, known for its dependability and ease of service.
On the wrist, I'd say this watch wears true to its 40mm size, if not a little larger due to the lug construction. I love wearing this watch while driving, as it is a racing watch and dial legibility is superb. Vintage Heuers saw a huge spike in prices a few years ago, but have come down a ton, making this a really great value for a vintage racing watch from the late 60s.
THE LITTLE DETAILS
The watch is 11XXXX from 1968. The Valjoux manual winding movement has been cleaned and oiled by our watchmaker and is running strong. The chronograph resets to zero as it should. The dial is original, with very little lume left on the indices. The case is in vintage condition, with wear throughout. The original bezel is showing some normal wear as well. Comes on an aftermarket racing strap. No box or papers.
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