TAG Heuer Autavia Hands-On
April 18, 2017
You have probably already read about the new Autavia, which is part of TAG Heuer Heritage collection. Following the 2016 introduction of the Monza, and the Carrera Calibre 18 the previous year, the Autavia is the timepiece that carries the coveted “Heuer” throwback logo for 2017.
Compared to the original 1966 Heuer Autavia Ref. 2446 Mark 3 Rindt that this modern re-edition Autavia is very closely based on, the case has grown from 39 mm to 42 mm, and it is thicker as well, which many vintage collectors may not like, however, those looking for a modern version of the Autavia, and that don’t get too hung up on a few millimeters, this is a great choice.
Instead of a Valjoux 72, the watch is powered by TAG Heuer’s latest manufacture chronograph, boasting a column wheel and vertical clutch for smooth, jitter-free operation that does not affect the accuracy of the timekeeping, and with an impressive 80-hour power reserve.
The new Autavia is available on a leather strap for $5150 or on the period specific beads-of-rice steel bracelet for $5300.
TAG Heuer’s newest re-edition wears bigger than its predecessor – somewhat like a Tudor Black Bay – but it also features a modern column wheel and vertical clutch chronograph made in-house for just over five thousand. And while the finishing of the caliber is not haute horology level, it has Geneva stripes, a darkened skeletonized rotor, and 80-hours of power reserve. If you are in the market for a retro style chronograph in this price range, not much else compares without actually buying vintage.
Learn more at TAG Heuer.