Ben's Pick: The Chronomatic "Siffert" Autavia With Original Box & Papers

Editor's Note: Our final staff pick from tomorrow's Haslinger sale, Ben (aka me) chooses the watch the made him love Heuer to begin with, the Siffert Autavia, and probably the world's best example at that.

There are two schools of thought when buying a late 60s or early 70s chronograph.  You can go classical and timeless, or you can go funky and esoteric.  My first late 60s chronograph was a 1967 Omega Speedmaster Caliber 321 - a veritable moonwatch if there ever was one.  The thing is iconic, no doubt, but after purchasing it at a very good price from an auction house, I quickly found myself wanting something a little less common.  I sold it. (I'll buy another some day, I'm sure of it).

With the money from the 321 Speedy, I bought a Heuer.  Not just any Heuer, but a Siffert Autavia.  So what is a Siffert Autavia? Well, there is a story behind it, a story you can read here.  I was fascinated by this watch, the bright blue seconds hand and markers, the clean white dial, and of course the early Caliber 11 movement just made this watch so appealing to me. Not to mention it has the most authentic connection to motorsports of any wristwatch I knew of, Monaco included. 

I wear my Siffert all the time, and I'd label it as one of my favorite watches ever made.  My example is an early one, but not nearly as early nor as nice as the Siffert I've chosen here.  Arno's Siffert (one of three in the sale) is a true grail piece.  It is a "Chronomatic" Siffert, meaning it was the very first Siffert model (we explained what "Chronomatic" means here).  Not only is it a Chronomatic Siffert, but it also comes with the original accessories -  box, sticker, strap, papers and even the original bill of sale from 1969.  How amazing is that?

To a Heuer collector, and to me in particular, this as good as Heuer gets.  The pre-sale estimate is $16,000-$24,000 and details can be found here.

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