New Autavia Viceroy Re-Edition- CBE2118

  1. Jtechico

    Jtechico Nov 22, 2018

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    BTW - (Since it's Thanksgiving Day in US) Thankful for this forum and DC for being able to share this passion with all of you! I appreciate everyone's contribution!
     
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  2. Mspeedster

    Mspeedster Nov 22, 2018

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    Good point, I hadn't noticed that. Would seem kind of strange not having a running second hand. OTOH, I use my phone's digital clock just about as often as I use my wrist watch to tell time, so I don't think not having a running second hand would bother me that much.
     
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  3. SteveP

    SteveP Nov 22, 2018

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  4. Hubert

    Hubert Nov 22, 2018

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    I like the changes he made with the tachymeter bezel and the removal of the lume at 3 & 9.
     
  5. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Nov 22, 2018

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    Totally agree- forums are only as interesting as the people who take the time to post, and I think we're very lucky to have such passion, and knowledge here, all with a healthy dose of humour. After all, they're "only" watches. :p

    Happy Thanksgiving to our American readers:thumbsup:
     
  6. Mr_Orange

    Mr_Orange Nov 22, 2018

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    Agreed. A couple of further tweaks I would make are to reduce the length of the long tick marks and delete the Heuer 02 text, as follows:

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    I think that cuts down on the busyness of the dial.
     
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  7. Hubert

    Hubert Nov 23, 2018

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    Finish it off with a lightly brushed case, to mitigate the curbed lugs, and you have an absolute winner right there.
     
  8. Aquagraph

    Aquagraph Nov 23, 2018

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    :eek:
     
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  9. THJunkie

    THJunkie Nov 23, 2018

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    Looking at the photos a bit closer - is it my imagination or are the chrono pushers a little off axis?

    They don’t seem to align ‘perfectly’ with the case and the protruding nature of their design make them look as it they could be (more) at risk of sheering than might otherwise be the case.

    Is this a featurenof the modern Autavia case / 02 movement? I’ve just check all my other chronos and none exhibit that either TH or Omega.

    I’m not sure it is a real issue or just a teick of the light in the photos.
     
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  10. abrod520

    abrod520 Nov 23, 2018

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    I think it looks better with the lume at 3 & 9, though they really should be circular dots - both in keeping with the original, and with better aesthetics
     
  11. THJunkie

    THJunkie Nov 23, 2018

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    It also raises an interating point. We see debate around design integrity (faithful to original vs modernisation) on the forum and we all have different views of ideal size, the detailing and colours etc.

    But I did a little inflation calculation for my own curiosity. And the rrp $200 quoted in 1972 for the original Viceroy would be around $1,200 in today’s money. Yet the price of this re-edition is $5,800 is almost 5 greater than inflation would suggest. (Ignoring compleities such as different economies of scale and level of technology used)

    Whilst the cost of many luxury goods and even necesites (e.g housing) have risen far in execss of that ‘average’ 500% inflation of the purchasing power $200 to the notional $1,200. Earnings on average have not kept pace with the inflation of the re-issue example.

    This ‘revelation’ is probably nothing new to seasoned watch and especially vintage watch enthusiasts - but as i’d not thought of this point until now - that the ‘cheap’ tool watches of yesteryear are now repackaged as luxury items (and I’m not talking about how the price of a Rolex Submariner has gone through the roof),

    Not exactly sure what my point is other than maybe this helps explains expecation and the various criticisms.

    Thoughts?
     
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  12. abrod520

    abrod520 Nov 23, 2018

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    Well part of this is that the continued existence of the Swiss mechanical watch industry depends on their having repositioned themselves as luxury items after the quartz crisis took most of the smaller marques out. Nobody needs a mechanical watch these days, since everything from your phone to your toaster can tell you the time more precisely without losing or gaining time - so, instead the mechanical watch is a durable luxury, something that you form a relationship with like a car - you take care of it, and eventually you can pass it down as an heirloom.

    Also worth noting is that the reason for the Viceroy promotion (which sold for $88 plus proof of purchase of a carton or two of cigarettes) is that when they were introduced the $200 Chronomatic models were too expensive and not as flashy as the then-brand-new quartz watches, and thus sold poorly :D
     
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  13. THJunkie

    THJunkie Nov 23, 2018

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    That’s interesting. I’ve recently ‘caught up’ on the general history of the quartz crisis, but had not realised that it had started that far back. I was not even born when the Viceroy came out. :p

    My first Tag was a quartz Kirium. I only recently discovered that the 2nd one I bought was a mechanical. I’d always asumed it was a quartz
     
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  14. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Nov 23, 2018

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  15. Hubert

    Hubert Nov 23, 2018

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  16. Ara

    Ara Nov 23, 2018

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    Good read! I really like this one. And I’m sure I’m in the minority, but I prefer the hour bezel more than the tachy one.
     
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  17. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Nov 23, 2018

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    Yes please! These were grabbed from a video
     
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  18. calibre11user

    calibre11user Nov 24, 2018

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    I’ve compiled a list of every reimagination of the awesome Heuer-02 Autavia I could find.
    - The original TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer-02
    - Jack Heuer’s 85th Anniversary Limited Edition
    - Limited Edition for the UAE
    - Jo Siffert Collector’s Edition by Calibre 11
    - Autavia Calibre Heuer-02 “Orange Boy” by Hodinkee
    - Autavia Calibre Heuer-02 1972 Re-edition “Viceroy”
    - Autavia Calibre Heuer-02 for Harrods
    - Autavia “Watches of Switzerland Anniversary” Edition


    https://timeandtidewatches.com/list-choose-8-awesome-tag-heuer-autavias/
     
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  19. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Dec 3, 2018

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  20. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 3, 2018

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    ^ Nice shots! I'm expecting mine to arrive later this week.
     
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