Trotters, Thoroughbreds or steeplechase—winning and losing millions in horse-racing can be measured in the blink of an eye. Everyone asks, “What was the winning time?” In 1910, that question led little known watchmaker Fritz Moeri to build what we believe is the first wristwatch to have start and stop functions. The horse-racing boom in America at the turn of the century created a need for extremely accurate chronographs.
With horses like Man o’ War creating huge betting pools and causing purses to soar, bookies and trainers were desperate for accurate timing devices. Now we’ve reprised Moeri’s great invention with the Steeplechase Chronograph. The vintage-inspired Steeplechase has all the marks of a thoroughbred. Details of its dial came from the classic 1920s watches that you would have seen on the wrists of fedora-wearing race track royalty.
The rose gold-finished stainless steel case houses a precision movement that oscillates at an unbelievable 32,768 times per second. Set within its dial are a grand date window and three subdials. The contrasting stitching on the black leather band gives this classic a modern, updated look. Rare original chronographs have recently fetched upwards of $680,000 at both Sotheby’s and Christies auctions, but no one’s likely to wear those every day.
Instead you can enjoy vintage looks in a classic design that boasts even more accuracy than the original. The Steeplechase is a sure bet.