A quick guide to Driving Watches
It feels as though more has been written on the symbiotic relationship between cars and watches than on the future of the GCC or President Trump’s foreign policy. The connection (mechanical, yes; Freudian, quite probably) linking the two is very horse-and-cart, and it continues to fuel deals between watch companies and automotive marques. From Bremont and Jaguar, Richard Mille and McClaren, to Zenith and Land Rover, everyone seems to be at it.
Despite this, the notion of a driver’s watch is still a little intangible, at least it is when compared to the more clearly delineated watches designed for divers or pilots. Much of this is down to the crossover appeal of a driver’s watch and the fact its defining complication, the chronograph, is found in all sorts of watches.
The key to identifying a driving watch tends to be in its name — top candidates being Rolex’s Daytona (after the speedway), Tag Heuer’s Carrera (after an intensely dangerous Fifties Mexican road race), and those co-branded in one of the endless slew of hook-ups.
While we could wax lyrical about the historical significance, or the raging masculinity of a driver's watch, we've decided to simply present you with a few easy-to-digest things to consider when buying a driving watch: