STEEL HAND Tutorial

The first automatic AUTAVIA's (1163 version) did carry classical steel hands as one knows from most of the 60's watch models. Before HEUER stepped over to the dominating design of the classical 1163 V Viceroy model, the steels hand made a metamorphosis from a "pure steel hand design" (TOP picture) via a so "called blue stripe design" (BELOWS picture).

You can see the main differences enclosed:

The early version steels hand are 100% steel, whilst the transition state hands do have a blue stripe close to the watch centre. Watches with these blue tip hands are very scarce and not seen so often: you can find them of course in the Jo Siffert automatic series but also in the early 1163 MH (“Viceroy style” but not “Viceroy” especially due to the steel hands but also due to the early cal 11 versus the later cal 12 movement) series.

There is a third version (no picture yet) of steep hands with a blue tip: this version so far is only known for the 1163 MH “Viceroy style” Autavias: however for sure alo available for the Jo Siffert series.

Of course Heuer used also steel hands with their manual models: which again differ from what is described here: even the late 73663 "Jo Siffert" manual version carries steel hands: but as this is currently a web page for automatic AUTAVIA's , we leave this discussion behind us.

AUTAVIA STEEL HANDS EARLY VERSION

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AUTAVIA STEEL HANDS INTERMEDIATE VERSION

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