The Autodromo Prototipo is a tribute to the heyday of racing chronographs. Featuring a barrel-case that comes in at 42mm x 48mm x 11.5mm thick, these are bold watches with a late ‘60s / early ‘70s flair that are beautifully finished with radial brushing and accented with contrasting pushers. Crisp, clean dials with a mathematical precision give them a distinctive Autodromo edge and a more modern attitude.
The Vic Elford 1969 edition is a follow-up to a similar limited edition from 2013 celebrating the career of the eponymous driver. An icon of '60s era racing, Vic Elford had many epic wins in his day. This watch commemorates a hard-earned second place victory by Elford at the Targa Florio race in Sicily in 1969. Though slighted to be the victor, mechanical issues held him back, yet he still managed to take the silver despite the odds. The watch features dial colors inspired by the Porsche 908/02 he drove, and a map of Targa Florio on the back.
The Autodromo Prototipo - Vic Elford 1969 Edition is limited to 350 pieces.
The Autodromo Prototipo - Vic Elford 1969 is powered by the Seiko VK63 Meca-Quartz Chronograph caliber. This Japanese-made hybrid movement mixes a mechanical chronograph mechanism with quartz time regulation, for the best of both worlds. The chronograph center-hand sweeps at 1/5th second intervals for smooth motion and all hands instantly reset. Additionally, you’ll find a 60-minute totalizer at the nine position, a 24-hour hand at three, and active seconds at six. Battery life is approximately 36 months.
- Case: Stainless Steel
- Dial: White with Blue and Red
- Movement: Seiko VK63 Meca-Quartz
- Complications: Chronograph
- Lens: Sapphire
- Strap: Italian-made Black Rally Strap
- Water Res.: 50M
- Diameter: 42mm
- Length: 48mm
- Thickness: 11.5mm
- Lug Width: 20mm
- Limited Edition: 350
Since their debut in 2011, Autodromo has created a tightly focused array of beautifully designed and engineered timepieces for the automotive-minded watch enthusiast. From the NY headquarters of founder and chief designer Bradley Price, Autodromo’s watches bleed mid-century motoring style, with an emphasis on the classic feel of European motorsports. Finishing is key to this stylish ethos, with Autodromo models often featuring engineering, design and finishing outshining watches costing several times as much. Standout models include the Stradale line, meant to capture the ethos of 1950s Italian sports cars; the Monoposto series, translating the forms of early Formula 1 racing gauges into a stylish and beautifully made work of art for the wrist; and the Group B, which takes the aggressive high-tech forms of the fire-breathing Group B off road rally cars of the 1980s and melds them into a razor-sharp modern sports watch.