27 Feb '14, 3pm
Hodinkee Post: A Week On The Wrist: The Autodromo Prototipo Chronograph
The Prototipo is the first chronograph from Autodromo. The name refers to the so-called "prototype" era in motor racing, which spanned the late 1960s into the 1970s. The cars were colorful, funky looking, and extremely fast. It was a dangerous time in the sport's history, but one that really pushed the envelope in terms of both style and performance. The watch takes cues from both the cars of the day and the chronographs that dominated the track scene back then, most notably the early automatic chronographs from makes like Heuer. Powering the Prototipo is a Seiko VK64 "meca-quartz" movement. We'll explain exactly what this means later, but for now you just need to know that this is a hybrid of a quartz movement and mechanical mechanisms for the chronograph. It gives the watch a mechanical feel even though the movement does contain a quartz crystal.