The Danish watch brand REC Watches pays tribute to an icon of the automobile and the 7th Art: the legendary DeLorean DMC-12, the time machine from the “Back to the Future” trilogy. The SPX DeLorean is an exclusive watch whose dial was made from a piece of metal taken from the personal car of John DeLorean, the founder of the American automobile manufacturer.
REC Watches is a Danish brand founded by Christian Mygh and Jonathan Karmstrup, two watchmaking and exceptional car enthusiasts. It has made a specialty of paying homage to automotive icons through watches with a strong personality: starting with the Ford Mustang (read here) Then Porsche 911 (read here)the Mini (read here) or the Japanese preparer Gunther Werks (read here) and recently the Land Rover (read here).
It distinguished itself from other watchmaking brands by proposing an original and unprecedented concept that made it a success: incorporating a bodywork element from one of these icons into the watch whose dial is inspired by its dashboard. The two accomplices thus go in search of old models or wrecks to remove pieces of bodywork and bring them back to life within a watch.
Today, REC Watches pays tribute to an icon of the automobile and the 7th art: the DeLorean DMC-12 (read our article here) which will forever be remembered as the time machine from the “Back to the Future” film trilogy. As a reminder, in 2018, a watch paid homage to the DeLorean : L’Alpha DMC watch (read here).
The SPX DeLorean repeats here the recipe that made the success of REC Watches and offers to wear this mythical American GT from the 1980s on the wrist.
Starting by incorporating an element of the car’s bodywork. Thus the dial was made from a part taken from the bodywork of a DMC-12but not just any since it is no more and no less than the personal car of the founder and boss of the American firm, John Zachary DeLorean which bears the serial number SCEDT26TIBD006882. We can therefore say that we wear part of the history of this car brand on our wrist!
Then, if we observe the watch carefully, we find in its design several elements that recall the American coupe:
– the finish of the case machined in stainless steel 316L evokes the raw bodywork in brushed stainless steel
– the ridges in the black rubber strap are inspired by the black louvers on the rear hatch
– the shape of the case seen from the front evokes the body of the car seen from above
– the shape of the sides of the watch takes up the profile of the car
– the mesh affixed to the glass of the bottom of the box is inspired by rear lights
– the timer on the dial is reminiscent of the “turbine” rims designed by Giugiaro
The 39 mm diameter and 47.5 mm high case is water resistant to 50 meters. It has a fluted crown evoking a mechanical part and engraved with the brand logo. The bracelet is perfectly integrated, forming one body with the case. It closes with a folding clasp. The blackened background is provided with a mineral glass allowing certain details of the watch engine to be observed. It is engraved with the individual number making each copy a unique piece.
Exactly the engine. It is like the enduring V6 PRV fitted to the DMC-12 and who had been so decried at the time for his lack of nobility and power. This is a Swiss mechanical movement, the caliber Sellita SW200-1 self-winding. Its skeletonized finish allows you to see the moving components. It is reliable and goes straight to the point by displaying only the hours, minutes and seconds so as not to overload the dial. The steel needles are the same style as the car body. Rotating at 28,800 vibrations per hour, it offers an honorable autonomy of 41 hours.
In the end, the watch REC Watches SPX DeLorean is an exclusive and original piece made from the personal car of the founder of the American brand and the mythical DMC-12. It will be produced in a limited edition of 456 pieces which will be available for pre-order from December 1 for delivery scheduled from March 2023. Its price? €1,995. It is currently offered at €1,695 thanks to a promotion code if you subscribe to the newsletter. It has a 3 year warranty.
Case: 39 mm in diameter, 316L stainless steel, water-resistant to 50 meters, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, 316L steel back fitted with a mineral crystal, 316L steel crown;
Dial: skeletonised, steel hour and minute hands, steel seconds hand, “DMC” logo at 6 o’clock;
Movement: Sellita SW200-1 S c self-winding caliber, 26 jewels, frequency of 28,800 vibrations/hour (4 Hz), 41-hour power reserve;
Functions: hours, minutes, seconds;
Strap: black rubber, folding clasp in 316L steel;
Limited edition: 456 copies;
Reference: SPX DeLorean;