Saturday implies our week after week vehicle related segment is live… So indeed, this scene will be centered around vehicles and motorsport, however as we’re likewise a watch magazine, we’ve chosen to blend it in with magnificent watches as well… And what a match it is! This week’s Petrolhead Corner joins fearless motorsport, champagne splashes and a “infrequently seen on the wrist” vintage, 1960s Breguet Diver – a slippery watch known to be one of the most extraordinary jump observes at any point created, regardless of brand. And the entirety of that is because of one man: Dan Gurney.
If you are an aficionado of engine racing, you can clearly imagine the ‘what has become routine’ demonstration of champagne showering between first, second and third-place drivers on the podium. This has a become an absolute necessity, whatever the racing category.
The first individual to splash his competitors with champagne was the American racing driver, Dan Gurney. He partook in a few classes (regular back in the days) like Formula One, NASCAR and Indy Car. He won the 1959 12 Hours of Sebring while racing a Ferrari 250 TestaRossa for the Scuderia Ferrari, with individual drivers Chuck Daigh, Phil Hill and Olivier Gendebien.
Dan Gurney at the 12 Hours of Sebring 1959, with his Ferrari 250 Testarossa – Photo by Bob D’Olivo/The Enthusiast Network by means of Getty Images/Getty Images Dan Gurney, Ford Mk IV, 24 Hours of Le Mans, 11 June 1967 – Photo by Bernard Cahier/Getty Images
Gurney won the 1967 24 Hours of Le Mans with individual American driver A.J. Foyt, driving a Ford Mk IV for Shelby-American Racing. Gurney precipitously showered the bottle of champagne given to him on the podium, building up what has now become a motorsport tradition.
When it comes to wristwatches, Gurney additionally was a champ! He wore a couple of Rolex watches while racing however one, specifically, stands out. Gurney wore a reference 6234 chronograph on a steel bracelet.
The 6234 is the grandfather of the acclaimed Daytona chronograph. Gurney is the main driver that I have come across wearing a 6234 while racing. He additionally wore a stainless steel Datejust on a Jubliee bracelet, later on in his racing career.
Photograph by ISC Images – Archives through Getty Images Photo by Alvis Upitis/Getty Images
I have saved the most intriguing watch for last. I ran over a photograph of Gurney at the 1965 British Grand Prix at Silverstone, wearing a watch that I have found out about previously yet never seen on anybody’s wrist. The watch was not intended for engine racing however for the profundities of the sea, which makes the revelation much more interesting.
As spotted on Dan Gurney’s wrist was a Breguet Diver. The photograph is extremely striking, as you can in any case see the engraving of Gurney’s racing goggles around his eyes and brow. The watch gets your attention promptly, because of the very enormous brilliant hour markers, bakelite plunging bezel and the steel network bracelet.
The masterpiece is the mark on the dial, in cursive content, which says Breguet. How could he come to get the watch… ? I don’t have a clue, and I can’t remember numerous other racing driver wearing a plunging watch for engine racing. It is likewise the first occasion when I have seen somebody wearing this exceptionally uncommon Breguet Diver.
Dan Gurney, Silverstone, 10 July 1965 – Photo by Bernard Cahier/Getty Images Photo by Bernard Cahier/Getty Images
As far as I can review, the most punctual past locating of a jump watch on somebody’s wrist while racing was Steve McQueen wearing his Rolex Submariner reference 5512 – at Sebring in 1970. In any case, this Breguet truly is something special!