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Heuer Autavia ref 2446C GMT Compressor circa 1968

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A rare and stunning condition example early execution Heuer Autavia GMT ref# 2446C. Featuring a beautiful condition dial free of scratches, discoloration or staining, a bright metallic finish red and blue 24 hour aluminum bezel in super condition, an unpolished case likewise in superb condition, and with beautiful condition later execution silver, red, and tritium lume Autavia hands.

The 2446C features a robust 41 x 47mm case, with large, beveled block lugs, snap down signed compressor caseback, round chronograph pushers, and a large Heuer signed crown. Powered by Valjoux caliber 724 manual wind movement. Recently serviced prior to our acquisition of this fine specimen, In excellent operating condition, and offered with our one year warranty of accurate timekeeping and operation.

Early versus later execution 2446C GMTs. We refer you to a detailed article by Paul Gavin and published on Jeff Stein’s fine site, On the Dash. The current example is the early execution compressor case with signed Heuer Autavia case back, early execution dial with smaller registers, non serif print, and with tritium T designation at the 3 o’clock register. The bezel has the smaller teeth configuration and early execution round, and not fluted pushers. The hands are the later execution silver hands with tritium panels and red painted zones. The Gavin article is particularly instructive as it details how the various modification of components between early and later executions evolved, with many transitional variations and not discreet Mark 1, Mark 2 Mark 3, variations. We therefore have a high degree of confidence that all parts are original to the watch, with this example being a proper early execution model but later in production when the newer style hands were introduced. In this regard, we note the tritum lume of the hands closely matches the color of the lume of the dial, a pleasing pale yellow, and not greenish tone. All components of the watch are consistent and in fine condition including the case, the dial, the bezel, the pushers, the hands, and the movement. Overall a stunning and very desirable example.

We have seen many other examples of this model recently that fall short condition wise. Scratched up bezels and discolored or soiled dials seem to be common casualties on these models. The current example as detailed and shown here is quite a prized specimen.

The 2446C is shown on a sporty grained black leather strap, measuring 20mm, or your choice of fine or sporty leather strap. Your purchase includes one of our beautiful handmade Italian leather watch travel pouches, a $55 value!

 

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Rolex Serial Numbers and Clasp Codes

Rolex Serial Numbers

Rolex Production Year Serial Number
2010 G
2009 V
2008 M OR V
2007 M OR Z
2006 D OR Z
2005 D
2005 F
2004 F
2003 F
2002 Y
2001 K OR Y
2000 K,000,001
2000 P,000,001
1999 A,000,001
1998 U,932,144
1997 U,000,001
1996 T,000,001
1995 W,000,001
1994 S,860,880
1993 S,000,001
1992 C,000,001
1991 N,000,001
1991 X,000,001
1990 E,000,001
1989 L,980,000
1988 R,598,200
1987 R,000,001
1987 9,400,000
1986 8,900,000
1985 8,614,000
1984 8,070,022
1983 7,400,000
1982 7,100,000
1981 6,520,870
1980 6,434,000
1979 5,737,030
1978 5,000,000
1977 5,008,000
1976 4,115,299
1975 3,862,196
1974 3,567,927
1973 3,200,268
1972 2,890,459
1971 2,589,295
1970 2,241,882
1969 1,900,000
1968 1,752,000
1967 1,538,435
1966 1,200,000
1965 1,100,000
1964 1,008,889
1963 824,000
1962 744,000
1961 643,153
1960 516,000
1959 399,453
1958 328,000
1957 224,000
1956 133,061
1955 97,000
1954 23,000
1953 855,726
1952 726,639
1951 709,249
1950
1949
1948 628,840
1947 529,163
1946 367,946
1945 302,459
1944 269,561
1943 230,878
1942 143,509
1941 106,047
1940 99,775
1939 71,224
1938 43,739
1937 40,920
1936 36,856
1935 34,336
1934 30,823
1933 29,562
1932 29,132
1931
1930 23,186
1929
1928 23,969
1927 20,190
1926 00,001
 

Rolex Clasp Codes

Bracelet CodeYear
A or VA1976
B or VB1977
C or VC1978
D or VD1979
E or VE1980
F or VF1981
G1982
H1983
I1984
J1985
K1986
L1987
M1988
N1989
O1990
P1991
Q1992
R1993
S1994
T or W1995
V1996
Z1997
U1998
X1999
AB2000
DE2001
DT2002
AD2003
CL2004
MA2005
OP2006
EO2007
PJ2008
LT2009
RS2010
RANDOM201+