Steinhart has released it’s newest model inspired by automotive racing and without doubt some famous race-related watches of eras gone by that have recently been released with great success. Clearly the Tudor Heritage Chronograph in blue springs to mind.
The Racetimer features a 44mm case (16mm thick) which is made from titanium, and is powered by the ETA Valjoux 7750 (elabore grade) automatic movement. The movement features a golden rotor with the Steinhart logo cut out and this can be seen through the exhibition caseback.
The contrasting colours on the sub dials makes those dials stand out from the small seconds, and (in the case of the blue and white dial) brings the timing function very quickly to the forefront, which would of course be of critical importance in a racing situation (he says somewhat tongue in cheek) . Additionally, you have a color-matched tachymeter inlay in the stainless steel bezel.
Colour is definitely something you have some choice with here as well. I am torn between the classic blue-and-white combo and the brown dial with darker brown and cream accents. However, there is also a grey dial with black and white accents. As well as the choice in color, you can choose to pair the watch with a leather strap with contrast stitching, or a titanium bracelet.
I was pointed at this watch by a fellow watch enthusiast and I have to say this for me is the most exciting watch I have seen this year. I like the style, I like the quality of the finish and I like the value for money that is inherent in all of Steinhart’s watches. This really is a watch that has gone to the top of the “We Wants Muchly” list here at Beastie Folly.
The price is 890 EUR including VAT, which is superb value for a titanium cased valjoux powered chronograph. Yes Please! More Photos and technical deatils after the break. Continue reading