Cars and watches are like bread and butter, each can survive on their own, but they are much better when they are together. What draws people towards cars and watches, especially men, is the fact that both are mechanical contraptions that run on one of the most complicated machinery ever invented. The sheer ingenuity that goes into creating both from scratch is nothing short of a miracle.
When race cars come into the picture, then you have yourself a cultural fad that goes way beyond driving and wearing watches just for the sake of it. The following are some of the best automotive-inspired watches for men.
Seiko X Giugiaro SCEDO57
Seiko watches have been around for years, the company was among the first ones to come up with intricate quartz watch movements, and they have been growing bigger ever since. The Seiko X Giugiaro is a watch that was born out of the partnership between Seiko and Italdesign Giugiaro, an Italian design house. The watch features a chronograph face that has three dials that resemble the speed dials of a car. It is designed specifically for motorcycle riders with the dial tilted about 15 degrees clockwise to give the rider an easier way of reading it as they hurtle down the road.
The Seiko X Giugiaro uses a Seiko 7T12 quartz movement and is housed in a 43mm case with a water resistance of up to 100m. It costs $279.
This simple watch is designed to look like a dashboard gauge with a neat grey circle surrounding an inner while circle that houses a two-tier dial. The Autodromo Stradale uses the Miyota 9015 automatic movement, and it is housed inside a 40mm case with a water resistance of up to 50m. It has an orange minute hand with two screws on either side to give it that look of a speedometer. The watch retails for about $875.
Oak & Oscar Jackson
The watch was named after the first-ever official road race to be held in the United States, a round trip between Chicago’s Jackson Park and Evanston. With a face that looks like a 60s watch, the Oak & Oscar Jackson uses an internal Eterna chronograph manual winding that comes with a flyback function. It uses an Eterna Caliber 39 manual-wound movement and comes inside a 40mm case that is water-resistant for up to 50m.
Oris Chronoris Williams
Another watch that was created out of a partnership between a watchmaker and a car manufacturer. The Oris Chronoris Williams is a watch created as a tribute to the Williams Formula 1 team of the 70s. The dial is largely free of any heavy branding, making for a neat look without any distractions. It comes with a retro barrel-shaped design with leather straps. The watch uses Oris 673 automatic movements and comes inside a 40mm case that is water-resistant for up to 100m. An Oris Chronoris Williams goes for $3,700
The Raidillon is a brand from Belgium that is named after a racing track. It is a motorsport-inspired timepiece that comes in a 41mm case that is water-resistant for up to 100m. On top of that, the watch relies on a Valjoux 7750 automatic movement. The design of the watch was created by celebrated designer, Axel Enthoven. It has a brushed metallic dial that is housed in a flat-sided case. The watch has leather straps with very minor branding on the face other than the Raidillon name.
The Nomos Autobahn is a German watch that was created by industrial designer Werner Aisslinger who is also a known huge car enthusiast. The watch comes in a very classy white face that resembles the speed gauge of a race car, complete with a little “speedometer” at the lower bottom. There is a track of lume that stretches from 8 o’clock to 4 o’clock, giving it an illuminated speedometer look. The date function is also designed to look like an odometer. The watch uses a Nomos DUW 6101 automatic movement and comes in a 40mmmwater-resistant case. The timepiece retails at about $4,800.
TAG Heuer Autavia
TAG Heuer has been the official sponsor of various sports around the globe, especially motor races. The TAG Heuer Autavia is among the oldest racer watches that date back to the 30s, where it was used as a dash-mounted clock by rally drivers. It was repurposed in the 60s and turned into a wristwatch that utilizes a rotating tachymeter bezel that enabled the watch to easily make speed calculations on the go. It is housed in a water-resistant 42mm case and runs on Heuer 02 automatic watch movements. The watch costs about $5,100 at the moment.
The Icon Duesey is a very interesting watch. Created by the famed Jonathan Ward, a car restorer, the watch has a unique looking face that features two small windows that show time as the dial face beneath rotates slowly. The design was intended to resemble the Duesenberg SJ drum style tachymeter, and it managed to pull that off magnificently. The window for the hour and minute parts are covered by a black polished Onyx stone with the whole watch housed in a water-resistant titanium case. The Icon Duesey will set you back a cool $11,400.
The connection between cars and watches is as clear as day, and as the years go by, the relationship continues to grow and expand into smartwatches. This is the reason why many watch companies are in partnerships with carmakers, where they collaborate in joint marketing strategies. When you put a car and a watch side by side, there is very little that many people can resist.