Here at Beastie Folly we are still hankering after Autodromo’s last watch the Prototipo and now they have brought this to market. I am torn between the blue strapped grey dial or the brown strapped cream dial. What I do know though is that I want one. As a car lover I feel I should give this brand a go and also I do not have any watches powered by this Japanese movement and I rather like the idea of having one in my collection. So there you are not the most rational of reasons / excuses for getting one but let’s be honest is any watch purchase in this wortld of smart phones especially rational? Of course not let’s talk honestly we buy watches because we want to and there is nothing wrong with that. By the way lest you have not guessed, I want this watch!
Here is Autodromo’s persuasive blurb on this latest watch of theirs. Works for me.
In the era of Gran Turismo, each journey was a unique adventure on winding roads and narrow mountain passes, accompanied by the sound of a mighty engine up front and a whiff of petrol and leather. Stradale, meaning “road going” in Italian, conjures memories of that special time when the gentleman driver blurred the distinction between a road car and a race car.
The Autodromo Stradale draws inspiration from dashboard instruments from Italian sports berlinettas of the late 1950s and early 1960s, featuring a fascinating multi-layered dial. Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, the hour indexes are applied to a transparent glass ring, which floats over the colored dial below for a 3-dimensional effect. The custom designed leather strap makes reference to the luxurious interiors of the time. This timepiece is powered by a 24 jewel Japan-Made automatic movement, beautifully finished and displayed behind a sapphire exhibition caseback. As with all of Autodromo watches, the Stradale arrives in beautifully conceived packaging evoking the idea of a road trip in Northern Italy circa 1960, complete with vintage-inspired map hand stamped with your purchased date.
Available in 3 colors:
Black dial with burgundy strap
Cream dial with brown strap
Gray dial with blue strap
- Miyota 9015 automatic 24 jewel mechanical movement
- Calendar complication and hacking
- Sapphire crystals, front and rear
- Stainless steel case
- Water resistant to 50 Meters (5 ATM)
- Genuine leather strap
- Case diameter 40mm
- Case thickness 10.8mm
- Strap width 18mm at lugs
- Internal K1 glass ring with number indexes