Despite the everyman’s badge up front, the new Ford GT isn’t for the masses. Even if you managed to scrape together the nearly half-million dollars required for entry, the allocation list seemed more exclusive than membership in the Rat Pack. When production ends in 2020, just 1,000 orders will be filled, leaving a large number of enthusiasts out in the cold. Now, Autodromo is here to dry those tears with a new watch co-designed with Ford, celebrating the supercar.
It’s called the Ford GT Endurance Chronograph, and it’s the first Autodromo watch co-developed with an automaker. Aesthetically, the design of the 40-mm case is more vintage-inspired than some of Autodromo’s other products, but there is definitely influence pulled from the 1960s. Each watch arrives on a retro-styled cushioned leather strap, color-coordinated with the chosen color scheme.
Buyers have a choice of five distinctly different colorways, each inspired by a different livery found on famous GTs over the years. The white-on-red Heritage 67 dial is a nod to the 1967 GT that claimed the top spot at that year’s Le Mans, while the red-and-blue 2016 Le Mans dial pays respect to the new GTs class win a few years ago.
For a less year-specific design, the Endurance Chronograph is also available in dark blue with white Ford Racing stripe, or a semi-unadorned solid Le Mans Blue dial that wears contrasting red and blue accents. However, our favorite of the bunch is the black-gold-white Heritage 66 scheme, a tribute to the first GT to win Le Mans, crossing the finish line back in 1966.
Like a fair number of other Autodromo chronographs, the Endurance Chrono pulls power from Seiko’s VK-series of mecha-quartz movements. Essentially, the mecha-quartz movement provides the set-it-and-forget-it accuracy, affordability, and long-lasting power reserve of a quartz movement with the tactility and engagement of a mechanical chronograph movement.
Autodromo has proven itself to be a master of packaging, and the Endurance follows suit. Each watch arrives in a special GT-inspired box, emblazoned with the old Le Mans layout and the front silhouettes of Ford GTs, both old and new. Regardless of design, the Ford GT Endurance Chronograph starts at a reasonable $695, and is currently available for pre-order on Autodromo.com.
For those who are lucky enough to claim the keys to a new GT of their own, Autodromo offers a separate chronograph just for owners. Visually, it’s based on the less exclusive Endurance chrono, but the 43-mm design is tailor made for each buyer, likely mirroring the appearance of their GT.
Inside, the mecha-quartz movement is supplanted by an unnamed Swiss automatic chronograph movement with a flyback complication. It’s replete with GT-inspired touches, like a crown that’s styled after the Ford GT’s rotary selector on the steering wheel.
No word yet on pricing, but we’re sure it’s significantly more than the regular, mass-market Endurance. If you’re an interested owner, get in touch with Autodromo early next year, when the pre-order books are opened.