Damon Hill is the son of the late British racing driver Graham Hill, who twice won the Formula 1 drivers’ championship and is the only driver to win the Triple Crown of Motorsport comprising the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.
In 1996, Damon Hill became Formula 1 World Champion driving for the Williams team and in doing so, Hill and his father became the first family to have a father and son both become Formula 1 World champions.
I noticed while browsing for photos on racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart, that Hill was wearing an Omega Speedmaster chronograph. I have never heard of anyone mentioning Hill sporting a Speedmaster, so I decided to do start searching.
Going through images, Hill was sporting the timepiece as early as 1994 on its stainless steel bracelet and he drove with it during races. At a pre-race event for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Hill is wearing the timepiece while chatting to fellow driver David Coulthard.
You can see it on Hill’s wrist after winning a race on the 11th of September 1994.
In 1995, Damon Hill was still sporting the Speedmaster, and coincidentally he is wearing the watch again at the Italian Grand Prix, pictured next to legendary F1 commentator Murray Walker. The Speedmaster is clearly visible on Hill’s wrist.
In November of 1995, we see Hill interviewed at the Australian Grand Prix by Jackie Stewart and once again, Hill is wearing his Speedmaster.
We see the watch on Hill’s wrist in 1996, while on the podium at the opening race of the season at the Australian Grand Prix.
Later on, in the 1996 edition of the British Grand Prix, we see Hill taking to The Beatles guitarist George Harrison and Hill’s Speedmaster is now on a leather strap.
For the 1997 Formula One season, Damon Hill was still wearing the Speedmaster on the leather strap. At the Hungarian Grand Prix, you can see it on Hill’s wrist as he is putting on his fire-resistant balaclava.
Hill left the Speedmaster in this configuration till his retirement in 1999 and the last photograph I found of him wearing the watch was dated 2002. Since Hill actually wore the Speedmaster while racing, this gives the watch an uber-cool level of provenance and history!