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    Default FS Heuer Autavia Green PVD 111.603

    Here we have a watch I will be sad to see go, but with money spent and a bit of a rationalisation coming on, I have no choice, not if I want to keep my knackers when next months card statement arrives.

    It is a Heuer Autavia in PVD Green, reference 111.603.

    It dates from the mid 80s and includes the original green PVD Heuer-signed bracelet and transitional packaging (meaning that it is Tag Heuer box, which is not unusual bearing in mind this model was released in 1985, almost as Heuer was bought out by the TAG group).

    I bought it from Italy, I understand the original owner was bought it by his parents when going for national service in the Aosta region. But it is not military issue, which is probably rarer than the ones that are.

    So, it is a Cal 12 automatic Chronograph with date. The hands are white over a green dial with a 60-minute / 12 hr dual bezel, and date at 6.

    It is PVD green (and this is PVD, not any other type of coating).

    It is, to my eyes, almost entirely original with all components in keeping with age. It is correctly marked between the lugs and on the correct plain steel caseback. The only non-original part I can see is that the lume pearl on the bezel at 12 doesn't look right (and it glows too much to be original).

    I have had this recently (December) given a full service by Watchworks in Bristol, who are a Rolex, Tag Heuer and Breitling approved workshop.

    The green PVD Heuer used is not the longest lasting, and this one has some wear, having worn from large proportions of the inside of the bracelet, between the pushers, from one side of the crown, and from some of the case edges. I hope this is fairly represented in the photos.

    I would also add that the dive extension on the bracelet is a little too keen to deploy, and does not want to rest folded up inside the clasp. I have not tried to adjust this, as I do not want to do any damage with ham-fisted efforts.

    This is a no-frills description.

    The movement looks brand new, and I was informed that the only issue on the service is that some dirt was binding the mainspring and causing it to run fast. This has been corrected. Otherwise a clean bill of health.

    The used-not-pristine condition is reflected in the price I want. Mint examples of this watch command north of 1200. Bonhams sold a minter in December for 1800 without taxes.

    This is on sale for 950, but I will entertain serious offers, so drop me a line. Price to include RMSD in the UK, preferred payment by cheque of bank transfer, with the watch being sent as soon as funds clear.

    My guess is that you will not find more than 3 of these on offer in any online sales (fora, eBay etc) during the year, so if you think you want one, grab it now before you have to wait another 6 months or more.

    Thanks for checking this out, I look forward to hearing from you.

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    Thanks to all interested parties, and Al, our gracious host

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    If it's Lemania-powered, I'm interested. Tool Chrono - interested. Dive Chrono - interested. Interesting - interested

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