The automotive sector, as it turns out, is a rich area of inspiration for horologists. Specially edition models dedicated to legendary names like Ayrton Senna and Jacky Ickx is one thing, but examples like the Conquistador Grand Prix and Graham Silverstone Stowe Racing examples demonstrate that sometimes it’s the era that inspires the creation. Like this.
This is the Stauer 1930 Dashtronic. While it’s true that the name alone has won crankandpiston over completely, the intricacies involved in the design are pretty cool too. Gone for example is the piece of glass – so typical of timepieces nowadays, don’t you think? – in favour of an extended stainless steel case with a viewing window in which the rotary dial moves while the needle stays still. This ‘jumping mechanism’ was actually inspired by a dashboard speed-o-meter.
Anyone interested in forking over $147 for this slice of nostalgia – it’s also available Gold-Fused if you want the full sepia treatment – may want to act fast, since this is a limited edition model. All that’s needed then is to track down a Ford Model A for the full experience.