Ever since I was a young lad I’ve always had a massive interest in watches. I am lucky enough to be working in an industry that I am so passionate about.
I wanted to share some amazing watches which hold a special part in sporting history.
Very Rare Yema Rallye ‘Andretti’ Chronograph Circa 1969
I was so excited when I managed to buy this watch at auction. These watches are becoming ultra rare and collectable. I’ve seen the value of these rocket in recent years. This model is known as the ‘Andretti’ after Mario Andretti was known to have worn this watch during his racing career.
I have included an image (photo credit: OnTheDash.com) of Mario Andretti with his Yema on his wrist during the 1969 Indy 500, his sole win of the legendary race.
TAG Heuer Monaco
This is the classic TAG Heuer Monaco known as the Steve McQueen. The watch was originally introduced by Heuer in 1969 in honour of the Monaco Grand Prix. McQueen also known as the King of cool, made the watch famous in 1971 when he wore it in the film Le Mans. In the decades after his death, the use of film stills has made the watch synonymous with McQueen. Although it was discontinued in the mid-1970s, the Monaco was reissued with a new design in 1998 and was reintroduced again with an entirely new mechanism in 2003 in response to McQueen’s increasing popularity.
TAG Heuer Professional Golf ‘Tiger Woods’
My final watch is my own personal watch I wear for golf. The TAG Heuer Professional Golf ‘Tiger Woods’ (this is the only thing that’s professional about my golf!). The story goes that Tiger was signed up by Tudor watches as a brand ambassador, Tudor then produced the Tudor Tiger which is a lovely chronograph watch. Woods was then approached by TAG who offered him the chance to design his own golf watch. The rest is history and my image shows the design Tiger came up with. Notice the crown of the watch is on the ‘wrong’ side of the case, this is so it doesn’t press into your wrist when playing strokes. The watch case also acts as the clasp, so the rubber strap is continuous making it extremely light and comfortable to wear. Good job Tiger! At this period in his career, every Tiger touched turned to gold so it’s no wonder TAG let him design his own watch.