1. Gatorade

    Gatorade Nov 10, 2020

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    Hello, I am researching a Tag Heuer Autavia GMT that is my fathers. He is experiencing some dementia and the details of how he got it are fuzzy. He says he got it for High School graduation but he graduated in 1966. From my research I am thinking his watch is a 1970’s version. He maybe confused with college graduation in 1971. I am trying confirm a couple details on it if possible and snapped a quick pic of it. I won’t be in town for a few more weeks so getting the serial number will have to wait.

    I think it is a 1971-2 version. It has a smooth back. According to OnTheDash it would have had an MSRP of $129.50, can anyone confirm this for me? The MSRP at the time would help me figure if it was given to him by my grandmother or his uncle. I believe it also has the original bracelet as seen in the pics. Also any idea of a ballpark value now? I have seen a huge range from $3000-$15000 and of course understand condition is always key to value. I am not a watch guy and am learning as I go. No, I would never sell it. Thank you for any new information or confirmed information.
     
  2. Gatorade

    Gatorade Nov 10, 2020

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  3. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Nov 10, 2020

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    Hi- lovely watch. I'd say that this is 1968- early 1970s...not 1966. 1971 is possible, as while this shape was replaced in 1969, the watch still appears in the 1970/ 71 catalogue:

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    The watch looks to be in nice condition, although will likely need a service. I'm hesitant to give values given the market at the moment, but I'd say that your watch is "better than average"- it's not a 10/ 10 in terms of condition, but maybe 7-8/ 10 if the movement was serviced.

    It's a lovely watch with a great connection to your Dad, so spending a bit of money to get it working well will give you an awesome watch that will last another 50 years
     
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  4. imagwai

    imagwai Nov 11, 2020

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    Great watch in original condition. If you do get it serviced, then be sure to specify no polishing to the case, and the only parts that should be replaced are those in the movement essential to operation and the crystal if the existing one can't be polished.
     
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  5. abrod520

    abrod520 Nov 11, 2020

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    You're correct - this is a Mk.IV version of the 2446C GMT, which appeared at the end of production. That would place it around 1971 or 72, and could have easily been sold even later since not all stock was immediately sold in the year it was produced, of course.

    Depending on the condition of the case, movement, and bracelet, I would say your watch is likely closer to the top of your value range - nice watch heads go for $8k or so while the bracelet alone is worth as much as $4k. Definitely a wonderful keepsake, for sure one to care for and potentially pass down to the next generation too, when the time comes :thumbsup:
     
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  6. Gatorade

    Gatorade Nov 11, 2020

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    Thanks so much for taking the time to look. I know the information was on OnTheDash but being a watch novice I still had no idea how to interpret it as it applied to my fathers watch. It makes sense that it was 70-72 production and probably given as a college graduation present or perhaps he scraped the money to get it himself. Car racing was his passion and Tag Heuer would have been exactly what would have been interested in. Is there a way to contact Tag Heuer with the serial number to research where it was shipped? Also he had a Tag Heuer card in his wallet so he more than likely had a local Tag Heuer certified service on it in the past. An almost 50 year old watch worn on a regular basis would undoubtedly need work at some point. My step mother knows it goes to me but of course I am simply the caretaker for the next generation!

    Thank you again for the information!
     
  7. abrod520

    abrod520 Nov 12, 2020

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    You can find independent watchmakers who will likely take better care of it than TAG would - sending it to TAG directly would run the risk of it coming back with brand-new parts on it, whereas originality is prized for old watches like these.

    I am not personally aware of any service that TAG offers for vintage archive information, but you could always ring them up and ask - never hurts.
     
  8. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Nov 17, 2020

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    Yes, unfortunately TAG Heuer don't have the information on production dates....but agree there is no harm is asking
     
  9. Gatorade

    Gatorade Nov 23, 2020

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    I may have a chance to look it over again this weekend, where would I be able to find the serial number for it?
     
  10. abrod520

    abrod520 Nov 23, 2020

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    On the case between the lugs. The 6 o'clock lugs should have the model reference and the 12 o'clock lugs should have the serial number
     
  11. Gatorade

    Gatorade Nov 30, 2020 4:26pm

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    A little update. Dad isn’t doing well. After this weekends visit my stepmother gave it to me. I haven’t taken the bracelet off yet to look in between the lugs. Is the 3/72 in the bracelet a date stamp? If so then it probably confirms that he bought it for himself. Not a graduation present like I suspected. Thanks for all the information.
     
  12. SteveP

    SteveP Dec 1, 2020 4:34am

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    Hi, sorry to heard about your Dad.

    You are correct-that is a date stamp; so this bracelet was produced in the 3rd quarter of 1972 (Jul-Sep). As such the watch could not have been purchased anytime before this period. Hope that helps?
    Thanks, Steve
     
  13. abrod520

    abrod520 Dec 1, 2020 9:09am

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    ^ Assuming he bought the bracelet along with the watch, yes - would have been 3Q 1972 at the earliest.

    Sorry to hear your dad isn't doing well, but at the very least you'll have something to remember him by.