Forty years ago, back in 1972, a recently established brand Porsche Design has presented its first product: an analog chronograph watch that had all its visible surfaces treated with black coating. Although offering nothing particularly new in terms of mechanics, the model nevertheless was the first in the world to offer an all-black (with only hands and hour markers covered in white) color scheme that offered unrivalled contrast and legibility. The new Porsche Design P’6510 Chronograph I Reissue automatic wrist watch pays homage to the famous timekeeper with only minor details changed here and there.
The first noticeable difference between the original and the reissue is, of course, the size. While the 1972 model was modest 38 millimeters in diameter, the new version comes in a much more impressive 44 millimeter body.
The second difference became possible thanks to the technological breakthroughs of recent decades: it is now not simply painted, but is treated with more scratch-resistant black PVD coating (although it would be really nice to it sporting matt DLC treatment).
There are also minor differences in dial layout with the sub-dials sporting slightly different chapter rings, different setting crown and new calendar wheels with two-letter abbreviations and different font face. The hour and minute hands were also slightly changed.
According to PD’s official press release, the watch is powered by a well-known ETA Valjoux 7750 column-wheel chronograph movement that offers you all the usual functionality: 12-hour chronograph, a small seconds indicator, a tachymeter scale one the bezel and, of course, the calendar that shows not only current date, but also current day of week.
In a nod to Porsche’s best-selling sports car, the Austrian-based brand is going to sell the watch as a limited edition model with a total production run restricted to just 911 pieces.
As for the price, the new Porsche Design P’6510 Chronograph I Reissue will sell for CHF 5700 and €4700, which roughly converts to $6200. Well, goods from Porsche Design have always been terribly overpriced.
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Porsche Design P’6510 Chronograph I Reissue (Ref. 6510.43.41.0272) watch specification
Price: €4700 / $6200
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA Valjoux 7750, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800
Movement decoration: N/A
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, chronograph, date, day of week
Power reserve: 48 hours
Case material: Stainless steel treated with black PVD
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 44.00 mm
Case height: 14.50 mm
Lug width: N/A
Hour markers: White, luminous
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: Micro-blasted steel bracelet with black PVD treatment, folding clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Screw-down