3 Vintage Driving Watches You Can Buy Right Now
Out of all the Heuer chronographs made throughout the ’60s and ’70s, it could be said that one of the most daring and unconventional pieces was the Silverstone.
Named after the English circuit, the Silverstone was released in 1974 as a successor to the Monaco, and it shows. The square case is still present, but for an updated look, Heuer chose to soften and polish the edges.
Matthew Bain—a Miami Beach-based vintage watch dealer—currently has an example for sale in burgundy, and it’s mounted on a matching strap, complete with a Heuer-branded buckle. This example of the avant-garde racing chronograph looks to be absolutely mint, so it’s sure to impress vintage Heuer fanatics and motorsport enthusiasts alike.
Porsche Design “Military” 7177
Porsche Design has always had a distinctive look to its chronographs, which can be traced all the way back to 1972, when F.A. Porsche founded the company, and produced their first wristwatch with Orfina. It was a highly legible, thanks to the use of a blacked out, PVD-coated case, which contained a matte black dial with stark white dial markers and hands.
If you’re on the hunt for the one, I think I might have just stumbled upon the perfect example, and I mean perfect. What we’ve got here is one of Porsche Design’s “Military” 7177s, which isn’t an issued timepiece, despite having the word military on the dial, and a circular, red 3H logo. Having said that, this Lemania 5100-powered Ref. 7177 is in NOS condition, with an immaculate, scratch-free case, and the original hang tag and protective caseback sticker are still attached to the watch.
Heuer Split Stopwatch
Looking for something that’ll satisfy your horological hankering without breaking the bank? This vintage 1/5 second racing stopwatch from Heuer should do the trick, and it might even help you in shaving a few extra seconds off of your lap time. Aesthetically, it’s a knockout, and better yet, it’s relatively functional. This would certainly make a great addition to any collection.