New Limited-Edition Watch from Omologato Pays Tribute to Porsche 917
Limited to only 200 examples and quite affordableby Ciprian Florea, on
A while back I did a piece about what I consider to be the 10 coolest motorsport-inspired watches you can buy. The list included some fine timekeepers, but it looks like I might have to update it to include Omologato’s new, limited-edition timepiece, which pays tribute to the iconic Porsche 917 race car.
Although Omologato isn’t the first company to build a 917-inspired watch — BRM’s BT-12 46 Gulf is pretty neat (and expensive) — this new release pays tribute to the what is arguably the most iconic example of the race car. Not including the Gulf-painted mock-up featured in Steve McQueen’s "Le Mans" movie, that is. Specifically, Omologato’s timepiece takes inspiration from the No. 23 Porsche Salzburg version that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1970.
This is visible in the red, while, and black color scheme based on the livery of the actual car, as well as the three small dials. The one on the left is red, the center dial is finish in red with white stripes, just like the car’s front hood, while the one on the right is white and features the famous number 23. The 22mm black Italian leather strap has Guards Red stitching, while the 43mm face comes in a matte-finished frame with chrome accents, and a "917" insignia at the bottom.
The watch is powered by a Japanese Quartz movement of which Omologato says it delivers the "desirable level of precision, reliability and accuracy that only comes with the very best watches." The 917-inspired timepiece is limited to only 200 examples and each will be sold with an ownership certificate, together with a bespoke case. Those who pre-order can choose the number of their watch. Speaking of orders, the timekeeper costs only £339, an affordable sticker given the specifications (also due to the fact that Omologato is a new brand, being established in 2015. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in January 2017.
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Why it Matters?
Motorsport-inspired wristwatches have become quite popular in recent years, especially among enthusiasts that recall the golden age of racing, including the 1960s and 1970s. It was back then that the world’s most important brands, including TAG Heuer, began to supply chronographs and sponsored major racing events, starting a whole new market for motorsport watches. Today, we have hundreds of models to choose from and there is a model for every budget, ranging from a couple hundred bucks to prices that cost as much as a brand-new sedan. Fortunately, Omologato’s offering is on the more affordable side of the market, especially when compared with BRM’s 917-inspired watch, which costs almost $10,000.