Unique man, unique motor sport achievement… and now, unique watch.
It’s not just that it’s the prototype of a limited run of John Surtees special editions from Scalfaro. Or that it has been on the great man’s wrist for the past two years. It’s all of that – plus it has pieces of JS’s championship-winning 1960 MV Agusta and his title-winning 1964 Ferrari 158 inside the case. We’re guessing they are pretty small pieces, but even so… who do you know with any of the other bits?
‘Unique’ is of course the right word for John Surtees himself, the only man ever to win world titles on two and four wheels and who in his 80th year is one of the guests of honour – and one of six F1 world champions – at the this year’s Festival of Speed. He will be driving the Ferrari 158 which, 50 years ago, gave him that two/four wheels double title and sealed his place in the record books.
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Complete with some of the championship DNA aboard, the watch has been designed and made by Scalfaro, one of the few family-owned high-end Swiss watch brands. It’s a mechanical watch described as combining classic design with modern technology.
The 38mm case features a face with JS’s signature and the helmet logo of the Henry Surtees Foundation, John’s charity set up after the death of his 18-year-old son in a fluke accident at Brands Hatch in 2009. The see-through back is engraved with details of JS’s championship victories.
The prototype will be auctioned by Bonhams at the Festival of Speed on Friday 27 June. Like everything John is doing publicly in his 80th year, all proceeds are going to the Henry Surtees Foundation which raises money to help accident victims and assist young people find a career.
In addition to the prototype, Scalfaro are making available 300 John Surtees Edition watches, at £3295 each, and some of the proceeds from each will also go to JS’s charity for his son. (But we don’t think you get any of the Ferrari…)