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    Heuer, Very Rare Autavia GMT Retailed By Abercrombie and Fitch, Ref 2446C, Circa 1970's
    Case: 40.5 mm, stainless steel, three body case, with compressor caseback and rotating 24 hour bezel, No. 128614
    Dial: matte black with luminous hour markers, registers for running seconds and 30 minute, 12 hour registers, luminous red baton
    Movement: Heuer signed Val. 72C, manual wind, column wheel chronograph, GMT
    Band: leather
    Signed: Heuer on case and movement. Heuer and Abercrombie & Fitch on dial

    This timepiece has been consigned by its original purchaser and owner Stefania Cohen

    Stefania Cohen, Racecar Driver

    Though the Women's Liberation movement was in full swing in the early 1970's, the United States of America was still undeniably a "man's world" in those days, particularly in the high-octane, high-testosterone world of auto racing. While a few trailblazers like Helle Nice, Denise McCluggage and Stirling Moss' sister Pat had enjoyed varying degrees of success and fame in the middle decades of the twentieth century, young Stefania Cohen faced no shortage of obstacles as she entered the auto racing trade during the early years of Richard Nixon administration.

    The offered lot represents just one of those obstacles, as our consignor found herself in need of a watch for her approaching time trials in her Porsche 356B with no rugged models made specifically for women. Around the time of her twentieth birthday in 1970, Cohen walked into Manhattan's renowned sporting goods store Abercrombie and Fitch and purchased the most thoroughly masculine wristwatch in the place, The Heuer Autavia GMT Chronograph. This state-of-the-art timepiece is particularly noteworthy for the dual signature on the dial documenting the partnership between the two storied brands. It's an enormously desirable configuration for timepiece collectors, even in the absence of its inspiring service to a daring young auto racing pioneer.


    Condition Report*: Type: Heuer, Very Rare MKII Autavia GMT Retailed By Abercrombie and Fitch, Ref 2446C, Circa 1970's
    Signed: Heuer on case and movement. Heuer and Abercrombie & Fitch on dial
    Model: Ref. 2446C GMT
    Dial: matte black with luminous hour markers, registers for running seconds and 30 minute, 12 hour registers
    Hands: luminous red baton
    Metal: stainless steel
    Case: #No. 128614
    Case Info: three body case, with compressor caseback and rotating 24 hour bezel
    Case Width: 40.5 mm
    Crystal: acrylic
    Watch Movement: Heuer signed Val. 72C, manual wind, column wheel chronograph, GMT
    Band: leather
    Circa: 1970's
    Condition: This timepiece is presented in excellent considering its purpose. Offered by the original purchaser and owner, Stefania Cohen, whose intent was to use it for her needs of auto racing (please see essay). The timepiece was worn on a nato strap, which is evident by the consistent caseback wear, although engravings can still be seen. The case and lugs are very good and sharp with some wear consistent to use. GMT bezel has aged beautifully to pink and light blue tone. The dial is excellent with even ageing to tritium lume, clean registers and the desirable dual signatures. Movement runs and sets as it should. Service is recommended for daily wear and timekeeping accuracy
    *Heritage Auctions strongly encourages in-person inspection of items by the bidder. Statements by Heritage regarding the condition of objects are for guidance only and should not be relied upon as statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty, or assumption of liability by Heritage. All lots offered are sold "AS IS".

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2019
    10th Tuesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 9
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