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Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph

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Autodromo Prototipo Autodromo has brought us a new watch the Prototipo in black faced and white faced versions, as well as a limited edition Vic Elford variety, which is restricted to just 224 numbered pieces. At Beastie Folly we are very smitten with this latest Autodromo offering , which apes the 70s watch models that are so in vogue just now.

Autodromo Prototipo

Here is Autodromo’s take on the non limited edition chronograph, which retails in the Uk for £492.

The Protoype Era in racing was a time that saw legendary drivers compete in equally legendary machines. Fast, colorful and dangerous, Prototype cars ushered in the modern technological age of endurance racing, and wrote the final chapter in the long tradition of open road racing in Europe. With the Prototipo Chronograph, Autodromo pays homage to the men who raced these thunderous machines flat out through the narrow streets of the Targa Florio, the serpentine curves of the Nürburgring, and the high speed straight at Le Mans.

The Prototipo draws aesthetic inspiration from vintage racing chronographs of the late ’60s and early ’70s, but with clean, modern detailing at every turn. Powered by an innovative Seiko hybrid meca-quartz movement, the Prototipo features a sweep second hand and instant chronograph reset thanks to internal mechanical linkages shared with Seiko’s in-house automatic movements. Prototipo delivers the reliability and precision of a quartz watch, with the crisp pusher feel and visual delight of a mechanical chronograph.

Specifications

Japan Made Seiko VK64 Chronograph Hybrid Meca-Quartz Movement
True mechanical reset chronograph
1/5 second sweep center-stop hand
Calendar Complication
Stainless Steel Case
Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistant to 50 Meters (5 ATM)
Genuine Italian Leather Strap
Case Dimensions- 48mm x 42mm
Case Thickness – 11.5mm
Strap – 20mm Width

Autodromo Prototipo

Here is Autodromo’s take on the Vic Elford limited edition chronograph, which retails in the UK for £630.

Vic Elford is a living legend of motorsport, celebrated for his outright speed as well as his mastery of the world’s longest and most challenging race courses such as the Nurburgring and the Targa Florio.  His name is inextricably linked with the Porsche marque, as he won many significant races for Porsche throughout the 1960s. He was the first man to campaign the 911 in rally events, eventually winning the Monte Carlo rally for Porsche. He was also at the wheel of a Porsche when he crossed the finish line first at the Daytona 24 hours, winning Porsche’s first ever 24 hour race. In the 908, he won the Nurburgring 1000km race a total of 3 times. In the fearsome 917 langhek, Elford dominated the 1970 Le Mans for 18 hours until his car broke.  Elford’s extraordinary versatility led to a rich and diverse career, encompassing Rally, Endurance Racing, Road Racing, Formula 1, Trans Am, Can Am, NASCAR, and even the Paris Dakar Rally.

Autodromo has collaborated with Vic Elford to create this limited edition timepiece to commemorate Vic’s legendary victory at the 1968 Targa Florio race in Sicily, remembered as one of the great drives of all time.  Over the course of the race, he turned an 18 minute deficit into a 3 minute, 42 second margin of victory, breaking his own lap record multiple times in the process. With a dial inspired by the colorful paintwork on Elford’s Porsche 907, this special edition is limited to 224 numbered pieces, corresponding to Elford’s race number. The caseback features a map of the Targa Florio circuit, which wound through the villages and mountain passes of Sicily, as well as Elford’s practice lap record and race lap record, which was a full 45.4 seconds faster. The Vic Elford Prototipo comes in special edition packaging along with a 44 page booklet hand-signed by Elford himself.

Specifications

Limited to 224 numbered pieces
Vic Elford hand-signed booklet
Special edition collectors box
Japan Made Seiko VK63 Chronograph Hybrid Meca-Quartz Movement
True mechanical reset chronograph
1/5 second sweep center-stop hand
Stainless Steel Case
Sapphire Crystal
Water Resistant to 50 Meters (5 ATM)
Genuine Italian Leather Strap
Case Dimensions- 48mm x 42mm
Case Thickness – 11.5mm
Strap – 20mm Width

Autodromo Prototipo

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