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TAG Heuer Autavia

The Swiss watchmaker TAG Heuer – previously known as just Heuer – launched the Autavia masterpiece in 1962. Today, the everyday timepiece enjoys great popularity as a vintage collectors piece among devotees of Heuer.

All TAG Heuer Autavia Watches

The Autavia

A classic from TAG Heuer

A classic from TAG Heuer

In 1993, Heuer introduced a stopwatch with the name of Autavia. It was later in 1960 that the Swiss manufacturer launched a luxury watch under the same name. It came equipped with a Valijoux manual winding movement and a distinctive tri-compax design – a v-shaped arrangement of the three subdials.

A few years following, the elegant chronograph was equipped with the groundbreaking chronograph automatic movement – Chronomatic. TAG Heuer developed the movement along with three other manufacturers. A crown placed on the left side of the watch distinguishes the Autavia models fitted with a Chronomatic movement. Today, these models can only be purchased on the second-hand market. They are important and highly sought-after vintage models that signify the golden age of Heuer.

In 2003, TAG Heuer presented a modern reinterpretation of the Autavia. The modern model is fitted with a robust and modified automatic movement – the ETA 2892 with a chronograph module by Dubois Dépraz. The classic timepiece brings casual elegance to the everyday and can be paired with endless ensembles.

The Autavia from TAG Heuer

Important vintage pieces

The origin of the Autavia name is derived from a combination of two words. “AUT” is taken from the word automobile while “AVIA” is taken from the word aviation. They mingle together to create the name Autavia. This makes sense considering the timepiece is inspired from elements both in the field of racing and aviation. The most famous watch among the Autavia collection is the 1969 Jo Siffert Autavia. Evidently named after the Swiss racer Jo Siffert, the watch convinces with a white dial, blue indices, and a robust stainless steel case.

Other popular models include watch models that date back to 1984 – otherwise known as the era of LCD and quartz movements. It is during this period that the transition from Heuer to the subsequent TAG Heuer name was initiated. The Autavia Diver 100 is, therefore, one of the rareest timepieces among the Autavia series. The dive watch is waterproof up to 100 meters and excites with characteristic Heuer optics. There is only a handful of these exclusive timepieces worldwide.

The Swiss manufacturer also launched an Autavia watch derived from collaboration with the Viceroy cigarette brand: the popular Viceroy-Autavia. Vintage enthusiasts tend to take a liking to this watch.

Mick Jagger, Jerry Seinfeld & more

The TAG Heuer Autavia wristwatches found their way onto the wrists of many celebrities in the 1970s, among them being the legendary Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger. Often, the Autavia Chronograph Ref. 11630P can be spotted on his wrist. The American actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld has also been occasionally spotted with an Autavia vintage around his wrist.