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Breitling wheels out three watches inspired by classic 1960s motors

W atch manufacturer Breitling has unveiled a trio of timepieces that celebrate three of the most famous cars of the 1960s.

The retro-themed group take their inspiration from the Chevrolet Corvette, the Ford Mustang and the Shelby Cobra respectively.

The Corvette was initially based on a 1959 racing-focused prototype and featured a distinctive low-profile body and sleek, aerodynamic lines. The Mustang, meanwhile, was compact, affordable, and sporty and featured in some of the era’s most popular movies. .

Le Mans winner Carroll Shelby created the Shelby Cobra, a sports car that matched a small, light chassis to a strong, reliable American big-block engine.

When it was introduced in 1962, the Cobra was an instant success and it is still an impressively fast and sought-after car today.

Paying tribute to these icons of the road, the three watches have bold dial colors in red, green and blue respectively, plus racing-themed straps in calfskin leather. Casebacks feature a detailed engraving of the car’s logo. All three watches are water-resistant up to 100 metres.

The 42mm cases of the Chevrolet Corvette and Ford Mustang versions house the COSC-certified Breitling Caliber 25, a self-winding 1/8th of a second chronograph movement with a power reserve of about 42 hours. Both watches include a tachymeter scale and three black contrasting subdials. Their dials display the car logos at the 12 o’clock position.

Inside the slightly smaller 40mm Shelby Cobra is the Breitling Caliber 41, a self-winding 1/4th of a second chronograph movement with a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. It has a white tachymeter scale and two white contrasting subdials, plus the Cobra logo at the six o’clock position.

For more information go toBreitling's website.

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