Today, we officially welcome the 2018-19 season of the WEC (World Endurance Championship) with the 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Practice commences *looks at watch* right now, with the race itself taking place on Saturday, May 5th. This is the first official lead up to the famous 24 hour race at Le Mans, which kicks off June 13th, and which officially ends the season in June of 2019. With Porsche out of the LMP1 picture (they are shifting focus to their GTE program), Toyota will be the early favorite against a fleet of privateer teams (in LMP1 class, at least). But we’re not here to speculate, we’re here to talk about watches, and what all of us here at StockX Watches, have our eyes on as huge WEC fans ourselves. These are the watches we’d be using to track all 8 of the endurance races in front of us, and why we love them.
Yeah it’s a pilots watch, but we love it for this application for a few reasons. First off, it’s rocking an El Primero (naturally), so it’s got pedigree. It’s also a dual register chronograph with the date aperture neatly placed at 6 o’clock for that symmetrical handsomeness. It may not be a racing watch, but it’ll get the job done and look damn good doing it.
If you like your tool watches to be just that: tools, then the G-Shock will be the perfect wrist companion for practical usage, such as timing the duration of the yellow flags, or how long the next driver change will take. We love it for its utilitarian good looks and supreme functionality. Also, it’s inexpensive.
A dive watch that’s not even a chronograph? Yep, bear with us here. First off, look at that dial. Hard to argue with the throwback design and clean, simple display. Second, it’s got an internal rotating bezel that can serve as a timing device in a pinch. So it’s got all the bases covered. Bonus points for looking good on either fabric, or milanese straps.
There had to be at least one racing themed watch on this list, so here are: the Speedmaster Racing from Omega. This may not be the purists choice of Speedmaster, but it’s a sharp watch on its own right. We love the blue dial with black, oversized registers for easy reading. Pump pushers make for easy usage and a 40mm case makes for easy wearing.
If you didn’t see this one coming, what are you even doing here? It is, perhaps, the most iconic of all racing inspired chronographs, having been worn by the likes of Paul Newman all the way to Mario Andretti. It’s historic, it’s a Rolex, and it wears even better than it looks. Trust us, if you haven’t tried one on, don’t unless you’re ready to buy one. It’s that good.