And they're off! The auctioneer opens the bidding on a vintage 1920s chronograph. Right out of the gate, the man in the front row takes the lead. On his heels, the woman in red adds another £2,000. From the centre of the pack comes the man in the tweed jacket. They hit the backstretch and rally to £11,000. Down the stretch they come! It's a photo finish…Mr. Front Row wins it by a nose. I used to be in the race for these sorts of watches. Now I just make my own. In terms of timepieces, the Stauer Belmont Chronograph was bred from the best. Its ancestors include the first chronographs which were invented in the 1820s specifically to help time horse races for King Louis XVIII. Almost 200 years ago, chronographs launched a revolution in competitive timekeeping. From those first days of clocking horses, to timing auto races and coordinating air combat, the chronograph has been considered essential equipment when every second counts. The vintage-inspired Belmont 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, cigar-chomping racetrack royalty. The rose gold-toned stainless steel case houses a precision quartz movement. Set within its face are a red 60-second sub dial and 24-hour counter. The Belmont secures with a genuine black leather strap and is water resistant to 3 ATM. This is just the kind of watch you'll find people jockeying for at auction. But while they're busy betting way too much on a long shot, we've got
your sure thing. Fits wrists 6 3/4" - 8 3/4".