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This watch celebrates the Porsche 356’s 70th anniversary

Created by Porsche Design, of course

The watch honors the classic Porsche 356. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE DESIGN

This year is quite a significant time for the German automaker Porsche, as 2018 just happens to be the 70th anniversary of the brand’s very first production car, the legendary 356 sports car. As the forerunner of the 911, the iconic automobile occupies a hallowed place within the Porsche stable. As such, the car is being celebrated by its maker with special activities and commemorative merchandise, including a recent exhibit in Berlin.

Obviously, the one lifestyle brand that carries the Teutonic marque’s name—Porsche Design—isn’t passing up the opportunity to pay tribute to the 356. Which explains the release of this limited-edition timepiece.

The dial mimics the 356’s instrument gauge. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE DESIGN

The Porsche Design 1919 Datetimer 70Y Sports Car watch is limited to—nope, not 70—1,948 pieces, and features a 42mm case coated in titanium carbide. (Don’t let the “1919 Datetimer” confuse you; it’s just a Porsche Design watch model.) The dial is inspired by the 356’s instrument gauge, and it is decorated with the 356 silhouette and the year “1948.”

Inside the case is the Sellita SW 200-1 automatic movement with 38 hours of power reserve. The watch, which comes with a scratch-proof sapphire crystal glass, is water-resistant to 100m.

The caseback is engraved with “70,” “1948-2018” and “Porsche.” The serial number is also prominently displayed so you’ll feel good every time you stare at this timepiece.

The caseback would be a conversation starter. PHOTO FROM PORSCHE DESIGN

You can put this commemorative watch on your wrist for just €2,948 (P183,000). You may never get a sliver of chance (or required wealth) to purchase an actual Porsche 356, but you can now tell time like an owner would.

Go ahead and place your order here.



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 23 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a new local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll.



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