The British Racing Green Chronograph was designed to incorporate the heritage colour with the sub-dials emulating the roundels found on race cars from the 1920's. The Orange seconds needle was taken from the BRM race car radiator needles of the 1950's Jaguar D-Type. All incorporated in a sunray dial which gives the watch an overall retro-feel. The dial design was actually inspired by Jim Clarks watch of the 1960's which he wore during his Indy and F1 seasons
Not many colours in the World of motorsport are as iconic as British Racing Green.
In the days of the Gordon Bennet Cup, Count Eliot Zborowski, suggested that each national entrant be allotted a different colour. Every component of a car had to be produced in the competing country, as well as the driver being of that nationality. The races were hosted in the country of the previous year's winner. When Britain first competed in 1902, they had to choose a different colour from the national flag colours of red, white and blue, because those had already been taken for the 1900 race by America, Germany and France respectively.
When Selwyn Edge won the 1902 Gordon Bennett Cup race for England in his Napier it was decided that the 1903 race would be held in Ireland, at that time a part of the United Kingdom, as motor racing at the time was illegal in Great Britain. As a mark of respect for their Irish hosts the English Napier cars were painted shamrock green.
In keeping with these Irish/Napier roots, many of the earliest greens used on British racing cars were of a lighter olive, moss or emerald green. Later, darker shades became more common, though there was a return to lighter greens by HMW and other teams in the 1950s. Initially the colour use only applied to the Grandes Épreuves, but was later codified in the Code Sportif International (CSI) of the FIA for use in all international-level motor racing events.
Tech Specs :
Material: Chrome finish stainless steel
Dial Colour: Sunray gloss finish dial
Movement: Japanese Quartz
Water Resistance: 10ATM
Dial : Sunray dial in British Racing Green with luminous notches and indexes.
Glass : Flat sapphire
Strap: Cafe Racer
Material: Italian grain leather
Needles : The hour and minute needles are luminous