A Porsche 356 designed to wear

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Porsche 356 watch
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The 70th anniversary of the first Porsche 356 sports car can be celebrated every day with a commemorative watch by Porsche Design in a limited-edition run of 1,948. 

Called the 1919 Datetimer 70Y Sports Car Limited Edition, the timepiece features the iconic silhouette of the 356 coupe at the bottom of the dial, along with the date 1948.  The black dial itself is reminiscent of an early Porsche tachometer, except now done in a 42mm titanium case, and with the Porsche Design logo and icon. 

“Looking back to 1948, when the Porsche 356 debuted, the timepiece combines design elements and special characteristics of the vintage car’s dashboard and reinterprets them for the wrist,” Porsche Design says in a news release.

The watch is simple and functional, according to the release, befitting the functional simplicity of the 356 sports car.  No extraneous dials or features mar the straightforward timepiece, with only a single small number signifying the date at the 3 o’clock position.  A “70 Years” logo is engraved on the back. 

And like the seats of the 356, the strap is made of high-quality leather, the release says.

The new 70Y watch is one of 13 timepieces that make up Porsche Design’s 1919 collection.  Priced at $3,422, it comes in a custom box with a special-limitation badge, and is available at Porsche Design Stores, Porsche Centers, specialty retailers and online at the Porsche Design website.

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Bob Golfen is a longtime automotive writer and editor, focusing on new vehicles, collector cars, car culture and the automotive lifestyle. He is the former automotive writer and editor for The Arizona Republic and SPEED.com, the website for the SPEED motorsports channel. He has written free-lance articles for a number of publications, including Autoweek, The New York Times and Barrett-Jackson auction catalogs. A collector car enthusiast with a wide range of knowledge about the old cars that we all love and desire, Bob enjoys tinkering with archaic machinery. His current obsession is a 1962 Porsche 356 Super coupe.

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