Founded in 2014, REC Watches specializes in quality timepieces incorporating salvaged parts from some of the auto world’s most iconic vehicles. As such, each unique watch comes with visible variations in the dial patina. In the past, REC’s watches have included pieces made from everything from Mini Coopers to Spitfire aircraft. For their latest release, REC Watches took a decidedly off-road inspired approach to the design.
Dubbed the “Road Not Required” (RNR) collection, this pair of watches was built using recycled Land Rover Defender body panels. They’re available in two varieties — Beachrunner and Rockfighter — so you can pick your look based on which donor suits your style. The former, handcrafted from a 1981 Series III roof, was once owned by Portuguese photographer and filmmaker Daniel Espirito Santo. It comes with a dial directly cut from his car, boasting all of its imperfections for you to see. On the other hand, Rockfighter was made from 4×4 Experience founder Michael Ortner’s. He used the 2003 Defender donor featured in the watch to travel countries such as Sardinia, Corsica, Iceland, and Morocco. Made in limited numbers, each watch comes with a Sellita automatic movement, sapphire glass, and a stainless steel case. You can buy each for $1,795 a piece.
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