During Baselworld TAG Heuer launced the long awaited Heuer Autavia watches. We covered the watch before and the way it was created with the help of the TAG Heuer fanbase. Actually quite a cool thing to do and it gives watch enthusiasts the opportunity to get involved in the design process. But with the 85th birthday of Jack Heuer coming up next week it’s time to have a look at the special edition of the Heuer Autavia. As we see more often with TAG Heuer they come up with incredibly long watch names. Where the official name is Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 Special Edition Jack Heuer 85th Birthday, we’ll stick to Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer special edition.
Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer special edition
This limited edition is created in a reversed colour scheme to the standard Autavia and comes with a silver dial and black registers. It just gives that extra bit of contrast on the wrist while not being too busy. The silver dial makes a great match with the 42mm steel case. Where the standard version comes with a hour bezel you will find a dual layout one on the limited edition. It features the same 12 hour bezel but also comes with a minute indicator. Both are useful for various additional functions such as extra time zone and a quick timer.
Caseback of the Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer special edition above and the clear caseback of the normal version below.
Where the standard Autavia comes with a clear caseback you will not be able to see the movement on the Jack Heuer special edition. Instead it comes with a closed caseback which has a special inscription and autograph. For watches like these it’s a no-brainer not being able to see the movement if you ask me. It’s a toolwatch and it does what it needs to do even when it’s nicely finished. Where you can buy the standard version on leather or a steel bracelet you will only find the Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer edition on a 7-link stainless steel bracelet. Simply put the combo just looks great and wears comfortably on the wrist.
“The story of the Autavia is a rich drama, full of twists and turns. It is one of my proudest achievements to have successfully converted chronographs into the Autavia wristwatch in 1962, so this collection has a special place in my heart: It was the very first timepiece that I designed, and today I am proud to present the last watch that I have created!” Quote by Jack Heuer
On the silver sunray or sunburst dial you will find the original Heuer logo from the past like most watches in the Heritage Collection. This already gives it that vintage look. With three subdials in black it has that typical panda dial look. Furthermore it’s the standard chronograph with two pushers and hour and minute counter and a small seconds at 6 0’clock. Neatly incorporated is a small date at the bottom of the small seconds which comes with white text on a black dial. It looks really good however I personally don’t need a date function in a watch yet they did a great job of putting it in a good spot.
Easy comparison of the different bezels on the special editon and standard version below.
Limited to 1932 watches in reference to Jack Heuer’s birthday this watch is priced at just 500 euro extra compared to the regular version. For 5.250 euro you can add this watch to your collection.
For more information visit the TAG Heuer website.
Reference CBE 2111.BA0687
Case material: Stainless steel
Movement: Automatic Heuer 02 manufacture movement
Power: 80 hours
Water resistance: 100meter / 10ATM
Dial: Silver sunray
Strap: 7-row stainless steel bracelet with ardillon buckle with Heuer logo.
Heuer Autavia Jack Heuer special edition price is 5.250 EU (MRSP incl. VAT)