Two years after they launched the Vintage Rally Healey Chronograph, Frederique Constant has launched a three-hander with date version of the watch in two models and an attractive price. Read on for further details.
The two Vintage Rally Automatic take their style cues from the 2018 models. These watches take their design codes from the aesthetics of classic automobiles and combine the classic and sporty. Austin Healey automobiles and Frederique Constant have been partners for 14 years. Since 2004, Frederique Constant has sponsored vintage car rallies worldwide and is also a supporter of the European Healey Club.
There are two new models – one in stainless steel and the other rose gold plated stainless steel. The two-part case is 40 mm wide, is fitted with a domed sapphire crystal, and is depth-rated to 50 meters. The closed caseback has an engraving of the famous Healey 100S NOJ393 that was purchased by a collector for £155 in 1969 and sold for nearly €1 million in December 2011.
The stainless steel version has a British racing green dial with a raised silver flange that has the printed minutes track. The applied indexes, Arabic numerals and hands on the dial is coated with SuperLuminova for optimum legibility. A date window is placed at 3 o’clock and the Healey logo is seen at 6. On the rose gold version, we find a silver dial with a chocolate brown flange and hand-polished rose gold plated hours and minutes hands with luminous and pearl black seconds hand.
While the steel version is paired with a tan leather rally strap, the rose gold version is presented with a chocolate brown leather rally strap. Both watches are powered by the FC-303 caliber, which is basically a Sellita SW200-1 movement. A movement with an escapement that oscillates at 4 Hz, it has a power reserve of 38 hours.
Both versions are limited to 2,888 pieces. The steel version (Ref. FC-303HGRS5B6) is priced at €1,450 while the rose gold version (FC-303HVBR5B4) is priced at €1,750.