The Group B era –which spanned from 1982-1986– was arguably the last romantic era of motorsport. It was a time of unfettered technical ingenuity, space age exotic materials and turbo-boosted horsepower. It was also a time of gladiatorial danger for drivers and co-drivers pushed to the very limits of human endurance through unforgiving mountain passes, desert roads, and snow covered woodland.
The Safari takes its name and inspiration from the epic East African Safari rallies as well as the Paris-Dakar rallies of the 1980s, which were among the most punishing motorsports events of their time. A rugged semi-matte green plating gives this version of the Group B an iridescent finish that shifts from a dark gray to almost emerald green depending on the light. The green dial is emblazoned with the word SAFARI in orange.
Autodromo’s Group B watch is an homage to the technical advancement and exotic materials finding use at the time, featuring a bi-metallic case construction. The Miyota 9015 automatic movement is housed within a lightweight 39mm titanium capsule composed of 2 parts, which is held to the wrist via an integrated bracelet crafted in stainless steel. The Group B watch comes in a hand-crafted aluminum box with number plaque, and the integrated bracelet can be removed with a spring bar tool so that the watch can be worn with a strap if desired. The overall aesthetic of the Group B speaks to the “high-tech” design language of the early 1980s, with a high contrast dial inspired by a period racing tachometer.
Stainless bracelet is resizable.
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Miyota 9015 automatic 24 jewel hacking mechanical movement
Titanium and Stainless steel bimetallic case construction