TAG Heuer Teams With Hodinkee to Bring Back Rare ’70s Racing Watch

It’s the ultimate retro timepiece for automotive enthusiasts.

(Photo: Hodinkee)

(Photo: Hodinkee)

TAG Heuer has brought back one of its rarest chronographs, the “Orange Boy” Autavias, for a new sports watch collaboration with Hodinkee.

Collectors know of only 30 of these 1970s-era chronographs in existence, but that’s about to change with the release of the TAG Heuer Autavia Caliber Heuer 02.

(Photo: Hodinkee)

Like many great pieces from the Swiss watchmaker, they are geared towards drivers. That is apparent here in the orange “racing stripe” accents, tachymeters for calculating speed and automatic chronograph movements.

TAG Heuer has upgraded this Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 in stainless steel with a see-through caseback and a “beads-of-rice” style bracelet, an homage to Gay Frères bracelets once commonly worn with Heuer chronographs.

There are some more differences from the original release: the crown is on the right-side hand rather than the left, a result of new engineering methods, and the case shape is rounder than before.

(Photo: Hodinkee)

In all, it’s a brilliant ode to TAG Heuer of the 1970s, when its chronographs were worn by motorsport stars like Mario Andretti, Jo Siffert and Niki Lauda.

(Photo: Hodinkee)

The TAG Heuer Autavia Calibre Heuer 02 is now available for pre-order on the Hodinkee Shop for $6,050.

h/t Esquire