Autodromo is a brand we’ve had our eye on for some time. You may remember the Autodromo Monoposto from our Great Watches Under $1000 article from almost 3 years ago? If not, they’re definitely a brand you should know, especially if you’re a motoring enthusiast.
I’m a motoring enthusiast, and I’m a big fans of the 80’s, most notably the music and the cars. Like myself, Autodromo Founder Bradley Price is also a fan of the period, and the storied Group B era of rallying is the inspiration for his new watch. Many, including Price, maintain that the Group B era, which spanned from 1982-1986, was the last romantic era of motorsport.
“A time of unfettered technical ingenuity, space age exotic materials and turbo-boosted horsepower. A time of gladiatorial danger for drivers and co-drivers pushed to the very limits of human endurance through unforgiving mountain passes, desert roads, and snow covered woodland.”
Following a lap of Baskerville race track earlier this year in an Audi Sport Quattro S1, I consider myself slightly more certified to agree.
The Autodromo Group B watch is an homage to the technical advancement and exotic materials of the time, featuring a bi-metallic case construction. The Miyota 9015 automatic movement is housed within a lightweight (52gms) 39mm titanium capsule weighing just 52 grams and composed of 2 parts, held to the wrist via a single-piece chassis with integral lugs, crafted in brushed stainless steel.
The Group B watch comes in a hand-crafted aluminium box with number plaque, and is equipped with two nylon straps inspired by racing harnesses, which can be changed on the fly with no tools. The Group B is available in 4 colours, white, red, blue and yellow – all with a matching colour strap (and back up grey).
Available now and priced at US$925. Check them out here.