Celebrate 70 Years of Porsche with a Porsche 356-Themed 1919 Datetimer Watch
If you’re a fan of the Stuttgart-based automaker, buying this watch is one way to show your devotion to the companyby Kirby Garlitos, on
Porsche is throwing another wrinkle to its 70th-anniversary celebrations by creating a limited edition timepiece called the 1919 Daytimer 70Y Sports Car Limited Edition. The commemorative watch is limited to just 1,948 pieces, a nod to the year the German automaker was founded. Each watch costs €2,948, or close to $3,500 based on current exchange rates.
It’s heavily influenced by Porsche’s own history, most notably by the iconic 956’s dashboard instruments
Whereas other automakers often partner with famous watchmakers to create limited edition timepieces, Porsche is flipping the script by enlisting Porsche Design to do it. The result, I might say, is incredible. The 1919 Daytime 70Y Sports Car Limited Edition is a picture perfect example of an LE watch done right. It’s heavily influenced by Porsche’s own history, most notably by the iconic 956’s dashboard instruments. The Porsche 956, after all, is regarded as one of the finest cars Porsche ever created.
The watch itself is a craftsman’s work. It’s encased in a 42-mm titanium case that’s coated in a matte-black titanium carbine finish and is water-resistant of up to 10 atmospheres. For those who are unfamiliar with it, 10 atmospheres means that a watch can withstand ten times the pressure at sea level without allowing water in. This is roughly the equivalent to being 100 m underwater, though it’s likely a little shallower than that on account of moving water exerting more pressure than still water.
It has a dial dressed in black, white hands, ceramic indices, and a date window at the 3 o’clock position
Move to the watch itself, and the limited edition timepiece features a Swiss automatic movement with a 38-hour power reserve. It has a dial dressed in black, white hands, ceramic indices, and a date window at the 3 o’clock position. The face even features a silhouette of the Porsche 356 and the year 1948, another nod to the year the automaker was founded. The strap is made from black leather and when you flip the watch to the case-back, and you’ll see it engraved with Porsche’s “70 years” logo.
The overall look is simpler compared to the naked tourbillon watches we’ve gotten used to from other watchmakers. But being simple is also where its appeal lies. It looks classy and luxurious without being too overbearing. In a lot of ways, the watch is like Porsche. You don’t need for it to scream for attention because its very presence, be it in someone’s wrist or on the road, already attracts attention in it of itself.
It doesn’t come cheap — $3,500 is a steep price to pay for a watch — but given its limited edition status, it shouldn’t have much trouble finding people to buy it
It doesn’t come cheap — $3,500 is a steep price to pay for a watch — but given its limited edition status, it shouldn’t have much trouble finding people to buy it. The watch is available through a network of 130 Porsche Design stores around the world, as well as Porsche dealers, various other retailers, and the company’s own website.
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