REC 901 RS Limited Edition Is Built From Parts Of A Rare 1973 Race Car
The REC 901 watch series is distinguished by the use of salvaged parts of the legendary Porsche 911, a novel offering for watch enthusiasts who are also petrol heads.
Raising the bar is the new REC 901 RS Limited Edition that boasts a dial cut directly from original parts of the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7. The 1973 air-cooled vehicle was notable for being the first racecar from the 911 series and the first production race 911 to be available to the public. Only 1,580 were produced, making it one of the most coveted sports car ever – and now parts of it live on in this watch, which is limited to 250 pieces.
There is more to the Porsche 911 Carrera RS 2.7 than meets the eye. Although the first owner was originally thought to be German rally driver Peter Rumphkeil, it was only recently revealed by his Rumphkeil’s son Timo that the actual first owner was Clemens Schickentanz, winner of the GT European Championship and several World Championship rounds in the GT class.
Rumphkeil himself participated in several rallies with the car including the Monte Carlo Rally in 1976 and 1977, as well as the Lombard RAC Rally in 1976. Danish car collector, Jorgen Schultz, acquired it in 1982 before he relinquished it in 2015. And that was how the unusable parts eventually found their way into 901 RS Limited Edition, which is available exclusively at Red Army Watches here. The car’s illustrious history is detailed in a scannable story card that comes with the watch.
“We understand that design is important, but a watch also needs to be coupled with a great story,” said Thomas Dusinius Kronevald, chief sales officer of REC Watches when he was in Kuala Lumpur for the watch’s launch. “Imagine checking for the time only to be reminded instantly by the great past of the cars. It certainly elevates the experience!”
As for the watch, the dial is coated in a grey, semi-transparent lacquer, while the flange and seconds hand are in yellow, one of the original colours of the 911 Carrera RS 2.7. The crown design recalls the horn cap of early 911 steering wheels while the VIN number of the dial’s “organ donor” is engraved on underside of the case.
The caseback features the design of the 911 Otto Fuchs wheel rims. The rotor of the automatic movement also borrows a cue from the car, in this case, a decoration that recalls its drilled brake discs. The watch is powered by Miyota Cal. 9100 Automatic movement with day, date and month functions.
It comes with stainless steel bracelet instead of a leather strap, a first for REC. The lines mimic the curvature of the 44mm case shape, which in turn was inspired by the gentle corners of Porsche 911.