After adding a chronograph model to their Le Mans collection, Steinhart now presents another sporty timepiece, and this time it’s flavored with retro. We’re talking about the Racetimer collection, comprising three watches with different colors of the dials, as well as straps. With this new collection, Steinhart is reminiscing about the olden days of car racing, when there was no fancy computer technology to come to the rescue, and when drivers often put their lives at risk to get to the coveted winner’s podium.
The Racetimer makes quite a strong first impression, with its tough titanium case with satin finish, measuring 44 mm in diameter. One of the first things you notice here is the polished stainless steel bezel, which displays the tachymeter scale. The color of the bezel can be black, brown, or blue, depending on the particular version of the watch. On the side, you’ll notice the prominent screwed-down crown and chronograph pushers, which additionally emphasize the sporty character of this watch. And on the back, you can spot the movement with its golden rotor, thanks to the see-through glass that’s integral part of the case-back. Finally, the timepiece has a limited water resistance of 5 ATM.
Now, when it comes to the dial, we’re also presented with three distinct versions. First, there’s the metallic grey and silver dial complementing the black bezel. Next, we have the metallic brown dial combined with beige details, which altogether creates a bit of a retro vibe. The third version includes the blue-silver combo, which looks very effective.
The basic layout of the dial is the same for all color variations. The chronograph counters can be found on the top and bottom of the dial, while the small seconds indicator is located at 9 o’clock position. This is followed by the applied indexes and silver hour and minute hands, both covered with white superluminova. Spicing things up, you’ll find the orange central second hand, and the same vivid color is present on the chronograph counter hands. One last addition to the dial (well, actually two) are the day and date windows, both located at 3 o’clock position. The dial is protected by a domed sapphire crystal, which has double antireflective coatings on the interior segment.
For the movement, Steinhart used an automatic movement, the ETA Valjoux 7750. One of its most prominent features is the golden rotor, visible from the back of the watch. The movement has a power reserve of 38 hours, and it beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The color choice for the strap mirrors the one found on the rest of the watch, so you have a choice of black, brown or blue leather straps. All are enhanced with orange stitching, and feature a butterfly clasp made of stainless steel. But that’s not all for the wrist – Steinhart has also prepared another option, a brushed titanium bracelet, which nicely matches the case. Finally, the price of the Racetimer is 890 Euros.
Fast & Retro: Steinhart Racetimer,