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Hello everyone. I recently acquired this vintage Heuer Autavia I would like to service and gift to a friend of mine who is a racing fan(atic).

Any info is appreciated and any tips on servicing? I feel I can't prolly take this to my usual watch guy who does my Elgin, Hamilton, and Wittnauers as I've read Parts for this movement can be hard to come by. Am I gonna have to send it to Tag?

Without further delay here are the pics (I can get a movement shot once it arrives).




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Really hard to answer your question. What kind of service are you talking about? What condition is it currently in... is it running? If so then you shouldn't need movement parts. Can your watch guy overhaul chronographs? If he can, he should be able to work on this.
 

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Really hard to answer your question. What kind of service are you talking about? What condition is it currently in... is it running? If so then you shouldn't need movement parts. Can your watch guy overhaul chronographs? If he can, he should be able to work on this.
I'll find out the condition when it comes in. I got it off of the goodwill auction site and they only said is that it "ticks". It will need a new crystal for sure.

I was just curious on the average entry level cost of vintage chronographs but I can see how that does not make sense. Only way to know is to bring it in.

As for my guy. I'm sure he can but I read somewhere these can be costly for parts.

I'm still a total noob to all this so I apologize if my questions are not as clear as they should be.


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I'm not terribly familiar with this watch, but if it is a calibre 12 movement, it's true that they have a reputation as finicky, although not as bad as the calibre 11. However, perhaps you will be lucky and it will not need parts.
 

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I'm not terribly familiar with this watch, but if it is a calibre 12 movement, it's true that they have a reputation as finicky, although not as bad as the calibre 11. However, perhaps you will be lucky and it will not need parts.
It looks to be a a Heuer Viceroy model. $88 with a pack of smokes back in the day when the regular model was $200. What a time.


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Auctions houses lie a lot about the real condition fo their watches.The cal 12 despite being not as finicky as was cal 11 is fragile and spare parts as well as a service on those aren't on the cheap side
 

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Hi Atmke,

What you have here is a classic early 70's watch. Indeed it was offered as part of the $88.00 Viceroy promotion. This model should be the Reference 11630 and will house the Cal 12 automatic movement. The beads of rice bracelet looks to be original to the watch and is a very nice pick up along with this classic watch.



Google any of the reference points above and you should find lots to read about. Please post some more images once you have it.

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Hi Atmke,

What you have here is a classic early 70's watch. Indeed it was offered as part of the $88.00 Viceroy promotion. This model should be the Reference 11630 and will house the Cal 12 automatic movement. The beads of rice bracelet looks to be original to the watch and is a very nice pick up along with this classic watch.



Google any of the reference points above and you should find lots to read about. Please post some more images once you have it.

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I gave mine to my local guy (who only works on "fine swiss movements"). While it wasn't cheap, he did a beautiful job. Worth every penny to have it in GWO. There's another guy in Utica, MI who specializes in vintage chronos: Constantine Sboukis of Chronometro. He's pretty well-reviewed here. I had him look at another watch for me and he was good and very responsive.
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I gave mine to my local guy (who only works on "fine swiss movements"). While it wasn't cheap, he did a beautiful job. Worth every penny to have it in GWO. There's another guy in Utica, MI who specializes in vintage chronos: Constantine Sboukis of Chronometro. He's pretty well-reviewed here. I had him look at another watch for me and he was good and very responsive.
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He seems pretty reasonable for his prices on the surface. I'm in Wisconsin so I will reach out to him when it arrives. Thanks!


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The watch came in. The good news is the watch runs and is keeping time at the moment and the chronograph is functioning nicely and popping back to 12 easily. The bad news is the crystal is beat and some of the Lume is floating around the dial and I cannot get the back off easily to take a look. Also the crystal seems a bit foggy.




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well, crystal is the most wanted problem to have instead of other issues :)
It's definitely gonna need a service. After about an hour or wear it is running noticeably slower by a few minutes. I'll prolly remove it and let it die out and then seek service options.


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it is a heuer calibre 12 but you have to know someone with serious experience and spare parts avilability to service it.
 

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Its away for service now. The watch maker who has it sent me this pic.


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Atmke, who did your service and were you satisfied with the outcome? I have a similar watch (Autavia Viceroy) in similar condition, but having trouble finding someone wanting to take on the challenge of a service.
Thank you.
 
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