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Racing Watches: Complete Your Gear for the Upcoming Race

Get the taste of timing your speed for driving or racing with these renowned racing watches.

Date Published
November 18, 2021
Gnomon Watches
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Racing watches speak for racing enthusiasts. Invented for automotive racing, the watches function to tell and measure times, distances, and speeds. Accuracy is crucial in any kind of race sport. Thus, such watches are expected to have maximum precision and a broad range of designs with contrasting colors.

Of course! Racing watches welcome anyone who is in love with a strong chronograph timepiece. Even though one doesn’t have an interest in racing, high-performance watches are worth the money to be in the collection. You’re on the right track if you like a watch with a robust, flashy, and masculine character. However, keep in mind that not every chronograph watch is for racing. They comprise several must-have characteristics for reliable performance during racing. 

The attributes of a racing watch

Racing watches are different from field or dive watches. A racing watch works as a timekeeper to measure times, distances, and speeds. From these 3 key points, it’s important to take a closer look at the watch’s dial, chronograph, and tachymeter bezel.

The dial is the face of the watch to look for the time in its entirety. For racing is a high-speed sport, a driver can only take a quick look at the watch. Thus, a high contrast dial is essential – be it the color of the indices and the sub-dial. It will enhance the watch readability while driving with extreme speed. In addition to that, a racing watch usually comes in an angled case orientation so that the wearer doesn’t need to take their hand off the steering wheel.

Having a chronograph is also vital for a racing watch and it serves as the stopwatch. It is the basic timing function to keep track of the race time and distance. It has one or two pushers to start, stop, and reset the watch’s second hand. You can view the result at a minute subdial of the watch.

While having a chronograph would be useful for indicating the time-lapse. The tachymeter serves the function of measuring speed. It calculates the speed (in units per hour) by measuring the elapsed time (in seconds) over a specific distance. This function works in a fixed, non-rotating bezel.

After knowing these 3 attributes, let’s have a good look at the popular racing watches below.

A solid monochromatic chronograph

Hamilton is reputable for the accuracy and robustness traits in its watch. It is mostly known for the brand’s military watches. Yet, the latest release of Intra-Matic Chronograph White might bring about another competence of the brand.

Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph White Ref. H38416711
Hamilton Intra-Matic Chronograph White Ref. H38416711

At 40mm in diameter, 49.2mm lug to lug, and 14.6mm thickness, this watch shows its versatility for a variety of wrist sizes. It is also built to present excellent workmanship by combining the stainless steel case, sapphire crystal, and black leather strap. These materials make the watch resistant to scratch and comfortable to wear.

The black tachymeter scale blends elegantly on the white dial to enhance legibility. In addition, the straightforward combination of colors adds a vintage charm while the screw-in case back gives a feel of modern touch. A date display fits adeptly at the 6 o’clock position without interrupting the watch legibility.

Be at ease as the watch has the latest H-31 automatic movement with 60 hours of power reserve. Furthermore, it has 100m water resistance. If you’re looking for car racing watches, this Intra-Matic Chronograph is a great pick with its sporty, neo-vintage theme.

A dark sunray blue racing chronograph

Le Jour is a remarkable watch brand that expresses the splendid design and manufacturing of tool watches, with one of its respected partners Heuer. The brand has a rich history in the making of racing chronographs. One of its latest releases, Le Mans Chronograph Sunray Blue shows excellent robustness with classic designs.

Le Jour Le Mans Chronograph Sunray Blue Ref. LJ-LM-007
Le Jour Le Mans Chronograph Sunray Blue Ref. LJ-LM-007

This piece presents a bold presence with the sizes of 42mm case diameter, 51mm lug to lug, and 17mm thickness. The 316L stainless steel bracelet and strap make the watch sturdy and fit easily on the wrist. The domed sapphire crystal creates a good effect for the watch view while maintaining the watch resistance to scratch.

This Le Mans Chronograph features a fixed bezel with a tachymeter scale. On the sunray blue dial, there are 3 white subdials to register the time elapsed. The high contrast dial enhances the watch readability at any moment. These features are useful to measure the speed over a specific distance, a suitable tool for racing enthusiasts and drivers in motorsports. One can enjoy the race with this component racing watch on their side.

Two-tone striking contrasts sports chronograph

Another pick of the men’s racing watches comes from Steinhart. This excellent Ocean 1 Vintage Chronograph Two-tone exhibits a great contrast with fine details on its dial. The watch goes for matt black with contrasting white subdials and an inner ring with red tints. The gold-tone hands further add a slick appearance along with its domed sapphire crystal.

Steinhart Ocean 1 Vintage Chronograph Two-tone
Steinhart Ocean 1 Vintage Chronograph Two-tone

The tachymeter scale fits well on the black aluminum bezel, on top of its overall gold-tone bezel. This feature operates calculations for speed, distance, and time. A functional complication for time tracking of a racing chronograph.

In addition, this classic piece has a good water resistance of 100m from its two-tone crown and pushers. The watch has polished 316L stainless steel with yellow gold coated satin for the case and bracelet. Demonstrating a sporty and vintage charm, this watch shows a high standard of case execution and finishing.

Racing watches have been important since the beginning of motorsports, especially for drivers. Though you’re not going to find yourself speeding on a circuit or having a victory lap, a racing chronograph will surely attract the eyes of many. With the high-contrast dial, chronograph, and tachymeter features, they are going to be great choices for you.

Gnomon Watches first opened her doors for business online in early 2002, founded by bona fide horology suitors who share a profound passion for watchmaking and fine craftsmanship.
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