On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Mario Andretti’s historic win at Indianapolis in 1969, French brand YEMA pays tribute to his career with the reissue of the Yema Rallye chronograph worn by Andretti during the race.
This collector’s edition is limited to 1969 pieces and is now available to order. During his career Andretti won 111 races, stretching over 5 decades and across 6 continents.
The watch is powered by an ETA Valjoux 7753 movement. This Swiss chronograph movement, well known for its precision and reliability, comes with an automatic ball-bearing winding and with a power reserve of 44 hours.
The timepiece is presented in a brown leather watch box exclusively designed for this collector’s edition.
It includes a commemorative medal honouring Mario Andretti’s epic career, two autographed portraits of Mario at Indianapolis 1969 wearing the vintage Yema Rallye on his wrist and three 19mm leather rally-style straps (black, dark and light brown) for a resolutely racing and vintage look.
“I love wristwatches almost as much as I love racing. I bought the Rallye in the 1960s because I thought it was really cool. At the time, it was state-of-the-art and right on the cutting edge of modern. I got many compliments on it so I wore it often. I actually wore it daily for the entire month of May 1969 in preparation for the Indianapolis 500 – for practice, qualifying and during the race itself. It certainly became sentimental after I won that race, just like the helmet I wore that day and the fire suit. And the race car that carried me across the finish line ended up in the Smithsonian. All of these things became part of a day that changed my life.” said Mario Andretti. On their website
Those wanting to buy this collector’s edition may visit their official page for more details. The limited edition timepiece is retailed at $ 2,699.00.