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In all motor sports event, timekeeping is an essential element and has always played an important role in the automotive world. With such strong connection, it is not a surprise that racing and high-performance automobiles often serve as a direct inspiration in the worlds of watchmaking.

Whether it is the design elements taking cues from the automotive gauges; or commemorative pieces paying homage to racing legends or iconic classic sports cars, the collection of automotive-inspired watches will always have something that impress you.

Here’s our choices of automotive-inspired watches that car enthusiasts will appreciate.



The Tissot PRS 516 references Tissot’s fabulous history and shows it is still at the forefront for motorsport devotees. It looks back to 1965 when the Tissot PR 516 paid homage to a racing car with the familiar holes in the steering wheel seen in the watch’s strap and immortalised in Tissot’s iconic advertisement ‘”hand on the steering wheel”. The new model is sharply modern but just as stylish, with a smooth banana shape case with black bezel and pushers which resemble the pistons of a car engine. Fans will be delighted original details remain, with the famous holes in the strap and floating indices with hands that pass underneath adding an authentic, vintage touch.

It has expanded its collection. Today it includes a quartz chronograph version. The counters are visible intermittently through the wheel face also reminiscent of the racing car’s gauge. Like a fine racing car, the Tissot PRS 516 pays close attention to detail to ensure a winning result. Additionally it uses materials that are both tough and opulent – with a new ceramic or carbon bezel which features a tachymeter, while a domed anti-reflective sapphire glass is not only luxurious but also brings the details to life. Detailed patterns on the dial give a luxurious sense of depth, while a date display window and the volume around the counters and edge of the dial reference beautiful racing cars. Extra touches of colour on the bracelet or dial add a sense of dynamism budding race car drivers will appreciate.



They were the stuff of dreams in the days when European motor racing was still young, raw and wild. The Alpine Renault A110 1970, the Mercedes Benz 300 SL 1954, the Alfa Romeo Montreal 1970 and the Jaguar E-Type Series 1 1961 still quicken the pulse of motor sports aficionados when their engine growl and elegant curves glide down the road.

Technically sophisticated, powerful and with an unmistakable design, they set the benchmark for all subsequent generations: This is what unites the European motor sports classics. The DAVOSA Pontus Pilot All Stars were inspired by these petrol thoroughbreds. A nonconformist, characterful design coupled with exceptional technology – in strictly limited editions.

All the models strike a confident note: The 44-millimetre diameter and 12.9 resp. 13.8-millimetre height make an unequivocal statement. The Pontus All Stars are true eye-catchers, but are by no means flashy. The 3-part case is crafted from stainless steel, a solid unit built as if for eternity. The 9 o’clock side carries a screw-down emblem giving the edition number. Flip the watch over and you will discover a 6-fold screw-down back, which provides a glimpse of the modified, hand-winding DAV 6498 calibre. The heart of the watch is expertly finished with details such as Côtes de Genève and blued screws. Under the scratch-resistant, anti-reflection front glass, the dial appears in nuanced shades of matt black and dark grey. An arrow at 12 o’clock adds an aviator touch, while Arabian numerals and hands with vintage and white Super-LumiNova ensure easy reading both by day and night. The 300-piece limited Pontus All Star with red detailing, which is dedicated to the Mercedes 300 SL, boasts a small seconds dial at 9 o’clock, a complication that the other models share. All the models come with a shell cordovan leather strap in muted greys or browns.

For true watch enthusiasts, the automotive-inspired Pontus All Stars come with three different complications, except in the case of the entry model. The customer can choose between a Pontus All Star with a large date display under 12 o’clock and striking French blue accents to match the Renault Alpine. The green model, which echoes Jaguar’s British racing green, possesses a regulator design with a decentral hour display in place of the more usual dial. The orange Pontus All Star comes equipped with a power reserve display. It pays homage to the Alfa Montreal and is the flagship timepiece of the whole collection in terms of price. All timepieces are strictly limited editions. The basic model is limited to 300 pieces; its complicated teammates come in smaller editions of 100 pieces.

REC P-51


The concept of REC Watches is to salvage and transform classic icons into timepieces, a concept which they named RECOVER – RECYCLE – RECLAIM, or just REC for short. The result is that every single REC watch is completely visually unique – that’s right, no two are identical – and is born with the story from the object of which it was made! Now that’s what unique design and great stories should mean!

The P-51 Automatic Collection is made by recycling authentic classic 1960’s Ford Mustangs, a car which to our minds is the very symbol of freedom and opportunity! That’s right: it’s RECYCLED HORSEPOWER! The collection takes its name after Executive stylist John Najjar, who was a fan of the World War II P-51 Mustang fighter plane, is credited by Ford to have suggested the name.

The P-51 watches include custom built 4-piece cases, handmade dials, and sports a highly reliable Miyota 9130 automatic movement; complete with date- and power reserve function.

As a new feature, every single piece comes with a STORYCARD, which you can scan with your phone or tablet, taking you directly to a small documentary video of the specific (yep, that’s right) car that became your watch!

REC has also launched a limited edition of the P-51 collection with only 250 pieces, in a red meets black combination. The limited edition takes off in the classic “Raven Black” paint combination as seen on the Ford Mustang’s in the 60’s. This is why when they recovered a black Ford Mustang from 1966 last year in Sweden, they decided to recycle part of the metal for the Limited Edition timepiece. Not just a simple automotive-inspired watch, REC watches are made from the classic icons itself.