The allure of the 60s sports cars is undeniable in terms of their classic design and personalities steeped in our culture. When we talk about sports cars from the 1960s, there are three icons of American car culture which spring to our mind. The Chevrolet Corvette, Ford Mustang, and the Shelby Cobra have captured our imaginations and still continue to do so. Hence, a trio of racing chronographs that draw inspiration from these three would be the perfect choice for any automobile connoisseur.
These timepieces themselves are also a nod to the original 1960s Breitling Top Time model while having a modern-retro interpretation. These chronographs with a motoring twist have bold dial colors with orange and yellow or red and blue touches and racing-themed watch straps in calfskin leather. Engraved stainless-steel case backs showcase each car’s logo in detail, and the chronograph pushers punctuate the dial. All three watches are water-resistant up to 100 meters.
The range includes the Top Time Chevrolet Corvette in red and black, based on the design of the Corvette C2 from the mid-1960s, the one referred to as the “Sting Ray”.
Then there’s the Top Time Shelby Cobra version in blue and brown. The Cobra was created by the iconic American race-car driver and manufacturer Carroll Shelby for 1960s competitions, which then added classic British chassis design with American racing ingenuity and engineering. The watch also showcases the blue paint job with the white racing stripes.
The 42 mm cases of the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang versions house the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 25, a self-winding 1/8th of a second chronograph movement with a power reserve of about 42 hours. Both watches feature a tachymeter scale and three black contrasting subdials. Their dials display the car logos at the 12 o’clock position.
Inside the slightly smaller 40 mm Top Time Shelby Cobra beats the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 41, a self-winding 1/4th of a second chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. It has a white tachymeter scale and two white contrasting subdials.
These beautiful retro automotive-themed timepieces are priced at $5,500.