I love this watch. Frankly in the flesh and on the wrist it looks stunning. The blue is a beautiful vibrant colour, the car instrument styling of the inner dials is a delight and the steel strap is very colourful and to my eye elevates the look and feel of the watch even more. Definitely one for me to treasure, so back to trawling the net for bargain second hand versions of ones I have missed in the series.
Here is the Christopher Ward blurb on the watch. PS and yes I have bought a model of the car this watch celebrates!
Sir William Lyons of the Jaguar Car Company designed the sleek and finely streamlined D-Type entirely with Le Mans in mind, and from 1955 to 1957 he was rewarded with an historic hat-trick of victories there.
It was under the illustrious Flag Metallic Blue livery of Scotland’s Ecurie Ecosse team, however, that secured the most famous victory for the car when, driven by Britons Ron Flockhart and Ivor Bueb, chassis number XKD 606 stormed the race, ahead of another four D-Types in the top six places.
The C70 D-Type chronograph, powered by an ETA 251.272, 22 jewel quartz movement and dressed resplendently in the Ecurie Escosse team’s colours, carries the winning car’s chassis number in the tachymeter and the car’s registration on the side of the case. However, it is the attention to detail of the dial, where the D-Type’s various instruments are captured in the chrono eyes and the radiator grille has been faithfully reproduced, that best capture the spirit of this most famous of Jaguar’s racing cars. Until you look at the reverse of the case that is, where the car’s signature centre-lock spinner has been faithfully reproduced in our own signature three-dimensional deep stamped execution. Limited to only 500 pieces worldwide, this tour de force of a watch celebrates Sir William’s masterpiece in style and is certain to become the latest collector’s item in our celebrated C70 Motorsport Series.
Christopher Ward promoted this watch with the text below:
“The 4th September 1921 was the date of the first Gran Premio d’Italia at the Montichiari course in the Northern Italian town of Brescia.
Although the French driver Louis Wagner took pole position on the starting grid it was his compatriot Jules Goux who won the 30 lap race (Wagner finished 3rd) in a time of 3 hours, 35 minutes and 9 seconds.
The C70IT is dressed in the Italian racing colours Rosso Corsa (race red) which legendary Italian racing car marques such as Alfa Romeo, Lancia and Ferrari made famous.”
Naturally I bought in to the watch and the motor racing history and even now this watch remains one of my real favourites. To do it justice I had to match it to a model car. I plumped for a Ferrari, not a Grand Prix car because for me I preferred Endurance racing, hill climbing or sexy evocative GT road cars. In this instance I matched it to the 1960 Le Mans winning Ferrari TR69 driven by O Gendebien and P Frere. Yep the watch and the car make a perfect combination!
Tommy Milton drove his Miller 122 to victory in the 1923 Indianapolis 500, which was the first time this legendary race was considered part of the International Grand Prix series. The watch also nods to the Cunningham racing stripe which was not introduced by American, Briggs Swift Cunningham II until much later in 1951 at Le Mans, as the first ever racing stripe. U.S. Cars raced in white and the team introduced the blue stripe to distinguish their team from other U.S. Teams.
It is highly appropriate that it is sported by the C70US as the famous blue parallel lines on white ground have become synonymous with American motor racing.
The car I have paired the watch to is the Cunningham C2R from the 1951 Le Mans race, the first to sport the Cunningham stripe.