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Imagine, for a moment, you are driving across the Halifax River down the Speedway Boulevard on a hot July afternoon in Daytona Beach, Florida. Behind you the sun is casting long shadows over your shoulder across the mottled glass river beneath and ahead of you stretches an endless blue sky, bleeding into a picture-perfect ocean.

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In this dream world you would be at the wheel of a Ferrari 365GTB4 Daytona (for perfect synergy and assuming the half a million-pound price tag hadn’t put you off). It’s idling engine at cruise, belying the 174mph top speed and 0-60 in 5.5 seconds punch it can deliver when required. You make a right turn onto Atlantic Avenue and rest your arm out of the window to take in the view of the ocean as it melts into the perfect sand of the beach itself. To the right of you the imposing massive of the Daytona International Speedway stand shines in the late afternoon sunshine. It’s only now you notice the same golden light glancing off the face of your casually adorned wristwatch and you realise, with a warm feeling of nostalgia, that life will struggle to get any better than this moment. Of course, you have to be the kind of person who finds their passion in driving one of the most famous cars in history and it doesn’t do any harm if you love your watches too.

Because in this instance the watch, of course, is the legendary Rolex Daytona. A timepiece that was simply born to race. Introduced in 1963, the Cosmograph Daytona was, from the outset, tied irrevocably to the iconic location whose name it bore. Ironically Ferarri themselves have always been reluctant to use the monica “daytona’ on their 365 GTB4 model, but for our purposes, we are all about Daytona right now.

to the refinement of mid-century chic and styling. Even now, more than 50 years after Its launch in 1963, this watch remains the definition of motor sport style and sophistication. Everything about this watch screams motor racing. You wear it and you’re a racer at heart. From the tachymetric scale and it’s three counters and pushers, to the chronograph function allowing precise time lapse measurement, this is perhaps the ultimate timing tool for the speed enthusiast.

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What a watch, what a car and what a location. Of course, what this all says, is that you simply don’t come by the name easily. Iconic is a word bandied around all too readily, but if you have the blood of a racer in you then Daytona is a name that should leave you ever so slightly misty eyed.

And Rolex chose a watch to adorn that name that was a perfect complement

Its bezel offers accurate measurement of up to 400 units per hour expressed in either mile or kilometres. I don’t really know how that helps to be honest, but I trust it’s important. What I do know is that looking at this watch at any time of the day and I’m transported back in time. My own personal favourite is the Patrizzi Daytona. A watch from the mid 90’s which, in case you were wondering, got its unique nom de plume from the famous auctioneer Patrizzi who first discovered the irregular colouring on a very low number of Daytona dials. It was actually a fault in the manufacturing process, something to do with the silver content in Zapon (I know, me neither!). But the result was a stunning transformation of the sub dial colour

The stunning, accidental bronze tones complete the Daytona subdial

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One of the most collectable Daytonas, Rolex Daytona 16520 “Patrizzi” Zenith

Ferrari 365 GTB/4 Daytona completes the Le Mans 1973

into a beautiful bronze colour. In my view, the very best colouration of any Daytona. The example here comes equipped with the highly prized Zenith cal 4030 automatic movement, which Rolex modified from the el primero calibre movement, however the dial is the stand out feature of this piece. Something that would look beautiful in the late afternoon sunshine of Daytona Beach! I love the accidents of history that add value to the provenance of watches. There is something about nature invading the precision of this

masterpiece from Rolex that just appeals hugely to me. A little like the quirk of nature that gave Daytona its uniquely compacted sands that offered motor racing lovers the chance to quicken their hearts more than a century ago in the face of all common sense and their own mortality.

Whilst the warm Florida sunshine might not have been uppermost in his mind that day, it marked the start of partnership in speed, history and time, that has remained unbroken over the decades since.

When British driver Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record at Daytona beach in 1935 setting a mark of 276 mph doing so, a Rolex Oyster was his watch of choice (he later wrote to Rolex commending the durability of their watches).

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Phil Hill’s record breaking Nürburgring run in the 1961 German GP


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It’s August 1961 and American Phil Hill has just eased his Ferrari 156 Sharknose Formula One car into the pits at the Nürburgring during practice. He knows he’s quick. He’s the fastest man in the world right now, but that lap was something special.

His stomach is still turning after hitting the roof of his mouth coming over Flugplatz, then two sharp right-hand kinks taken on rails and the perfect line into Kottenborn without lifting for even a second.

sea or breaking an imagined barrier on the “Green Hell” in Germany. Even more than that, accuracy matters. Precision is possibly the difference between life and death.

Jack Heuer, the fourth-generation head of the Heuer Watch company, decided to create a new chronograph wristwatch with a turning bezel, a first for the Swiss brand.

He can feel it in the car. Every mechanical stress and response relayed through the sinews of his body and the seat of his pants. All he needs now is the confirmation of what he already knows. He dare not ask in case everything he trusts about his driver’s instinct is quashed.

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It was also the first wristwatch personally created by Jack as the company head, so it just had to be special.

The symbiotic relationship between time and speed had long been established in the field of racing. But 1961 was a special year in motor racing legend for another reason. In the autumn of that year, not long after Phil Hill had set his seminal time,

He named it “Autavia” (a contraction of AUTomobile and AVIAtion) as a tribute to the original dash counters the company made for, you guessed it, racing cars back in the 1930’s. The watch soon gained icon status in the automotive world and little wonder.

Visor up and a nod to the official. “Well?” The official shrugs and looks at his clipboard helplessly. “About 9 minutes...?” It never happened of course. It couldn’t have happened. That’s not how motor racing works. Fractions matter and the reality was that the American had become the first to break the formidable 9-minute barrier on the Nürburgring. His 8 minutes 55.2 seconds literally smashing the mark by an incredible 4.8 seconds. A lifetime on the track - and exactness was required. The measurement of time has always mattered of course. Whether it was understanding celestial movement at

The classic Heuer Autavia 1163 GMT

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Phil Hill at the Goodwood Festival of speed in 1998

which was a world first and marked the crowning achievement for a brand and watch that had woven itself into motor racing lore. And boy are these watches collectable.

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Not only does the movement speak volumes about the quality of their manufacture, making them perfect daily wearables, they also have the kind of accuracy that made them the de facto accompaniment for the legends of motor sport in the 1960’s. Jo Siffert, Jochen Rindt, Derek Bell, Jacky Ickx, Emerson Fittipaldi, Clay Regazzoni, Mario Andretti, and Gilles Villeneuve had all, at one time or another, sported the famous Autavia. That’s some roll of honour for lovers of motor racing.

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Although Heuer, later in partnership with TAG, went on to relaunch the Autavia in the 1980’s with a further homage just a few short years ago, the overall design, aesthetic and sheer visceral sense of the golden era in motor racing is never more appreciated than when you gaze down at the face of a vintage Heuer Autavia. It was the culmination of a love affair between racing and watch making that saw the 1960’s and 1970’s become the pre-eminent period for racing timepieces and, in the view of many, the peak of design and manufacture. One look at a 1960’s Heuer Autavia and you are swept back on a wave of nostalgia. Every ounce of that vintage era perfectly encapsulated in a design that went on to cast a long shadow over motorsport horology for generations to come.

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Orignially powered by hand wound chronograph movements by Valjoux, the second generation of these watches launched in 1968 with Valjoux 7730/7732 movements, which evolved into the famous ETA Valjoux 7750 at their heart. At this time Heuer was at the forefront of developing the first automatic movement chronograph watches in partnership with other Swiss houses and ultimately the third generation of Autavia was powered by the revolutionary Chronomatic calibre 11

Whether it’s the oversized white subdials and dauphine hands or smaller sub dials in later models, these beautiful timeless watches still have the power to flip stomachs in a way that the legendary Phil Hill would have easily recognised.

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Each month we open our doors to some of the biggest names in motorsport to talk timepieces. This month, The Watch Collector is joined by four-time Formula One World Champion Sebastian Vettel to discuss his Lorem Ipsum, Dolor Sit and Consequtuer amet

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