This is the Vic Elford 1969 edition of the Prototipo Chronograph by the watchmakers over at Autodromo. It was designed in collaboration with iconic racing driver Vic Elford to celebrate his legendary drive in the 1969 Targa Florio.
As with most timepieces from Autodromo, the Vic Elford 1969 Chronograph is a limited edition watch, just 350 will be made before the design is retired permanently.
The watch has a stainless steel case topped with a sapphire crystal, it’s water resistant to 50 meters (5 ATM) and it comes pre-fitted with a retro leather racing strap.
This watch is powered by the reliable Seiko VK63 chronograph hybrid meca-quartz movement, meaning the watch is both exceedingly accurate and resistant to bumps and shocks.
It’s a true mechanical reset chronograph with a 1/5 second sweep center-stop hand, and each watch comes with a Vic Elford hand-signed card, original artwork by Dwight Knowlton, a special edition booklet, and a special edition collectors box.
Over the course of his incredible career the British racing driver Vic Elford – who was nicknamed “Quick Vic” by his fellow racing drivers – competed in Formula 1, Trans Am, Can Am, NASCAR, the Paris Dakar Rally, endurance racing, road racing, and rally.
Elford would go on to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, in 1967 and 1973. He won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1971, the 84 Hour “Marathon de la Route” event at the Nürburgring in 1967, the 1968 Monte Carlo Rally, the 1968 24 Hours of Daytona, and the 1968 Targa Florio.
The full list of Elford’s wins is far too long to include here, suffice to say that when he passed away in March of 2022 at the age of 86 it was a blow to the motor racing community on both sides of the Atlantic.
At the time of writing Autodromo still have some examples of the Vic Elford 1969 Edition of the Prototipo Chronograph available, and you can click the button below to get yours.
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