We all have a history, a story, a moment that may have defined us, that may be pivotal in our lives, that may inspire others….
This is the REC Watches story!
The 901 Collection is an automatic watch collection made from and inspired by more than half a century of the Legendary Porsche 911! This collection features handmade materials, high-quality components, and a design that pays tribute to the timeless car-design originally created by Ferdinand Porsche.
Each watch also comes with a Story Card, which explains the history of the watch; the car it came from, the owner, the origin of the watch, was the car involved in any car accidents, and even why the car is not used anymore….?
The reason behind choosing the 911 to form the backbone of our newest collection was not just due to its incredible legacy. Having received more than 6,000 votes on our website poll, the 911 emerged as your clear choice of car! You voted, and we listened!
Very few cars possess the kind of legacy the Porsche 911 does, and the following hardly scratches the surface of the rich backstory and pedigree of this fantastic vehicle. For a fuller history of Porsche and the 911 we highly recommend the works of Brian Long and/or Karl Ludvigsen.
The 911 itself traces its roots to sketches drawn by Ferdinand “Butzi” Porsche in 1959, son of Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche. The Porsche 911 was developed as a more powerful, larger, more comfortable replacement for the Porsche 356, the company’s first consumer car.
Almost immediately after it went on sale in September 1964 (as a 1965 model) the 911 established itself as an icon of ‘60s cool. Then it segued gracefully into being an icon of ‘70s performance, then an icon of sophistication and affluence in the ‘80s, followed by becoming an icon of athleticism and power in the ‘90s and is now simply the definition of German sports cars manufacturing.
Did we make a typo in the name? Not quite!
Similar to our previous timepieces, we wanted the name of this collection to be a significant yet subtle reference to the car from which it was made.
The origin of this name goes all the way back to the 1964 Paris Auto Salon, where the very first Porsche 901’s were presented, intended as the successor to the legendary Porsche 356. There, French car maker Peugeot objected to Porsche using any three-digit number where the middle number was 0, asserting ownership of the naming rights in key markets, having already sold many models with that naming scheme.
So, Porsche simply replaced the middle 0 with a 1, and called the car Porsche 911. We found this story too good not to include, so we named this collection the ‘901’!
With REC Watches motto of ‘recover-recycle-reclaim’, we are ultimately reincarnating this car and putting it to use for all car and accessory lovers, and have created unique timepieces, with its own story and own history.
Please contact Bev Wharton-Hood at firstname.lastname@example.org , visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RECWatchesSouthAfrica/ and Twitter on @RECWatchesSA for more information about these unique timepieces. You can also visit our website www.recwatches.com