Words by: JPS for Duncan Quinn
And he was the first, and still the only, man to do so in a car that he himself built, the unbeatable Brabham BT19, in 1966. Sir John Arthur “Jack” Brabham, AO, OBE (1926 2014) was Australian by birth, and was a Royal Australian Air Force flight mechanic and engineer before he began his racing career in 1948. His first achieved success in Coopers that he helped design before establishing his own racing marque with fellow Australian Ron Tauranac, which became the largest manufacturer of customer racing cars in the world in the 1960s.
Surely he was a Rolex man? He was not. Brabhams timepiece of choice was a Breitling Duograph, which is now set to be auctioned off by Phillips in Geneva on May 15, where its expected to cross the finish line at up to $60,000. Combining a superb complication, stunning aesthetics, and an important racing provenance, Phillips calls it one of the most exciting Breitling wristwatches to appear on the market in recent history. The Duograph was Breitlings most prestigious wristwatch at the time, incorporating a split-seconds chronograph. At 38.5 mm Brabhams boasts the largest case diameter ever made, fitted with a stunning matte silver dial and a natty red chronograph hand. We could make some wrist space for this in a heartbeat.
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