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The Porsche Design Chronograph 1 is Widely Available with the All-Black Numbered Edition

Subtle updates are made to the iconic Chronograph 1 while it enters the regular collection.

| By Robin Nooy | 2 min read |

The year 2022 marks the 50th anniversary of a very important watch. Presented way back in 1972, the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 was the very first commercially available black-coated watch, and the very first product by Porsche Design as a newly founded company. Headed by Ferdinand Alexander “Butzi” Porsche, Porsche Design started with and has always evolved around watches. For the majority of times, this was through collaborations with companies such as Orfina and IWC. Yet, as we’ve explained on numerous occasions, the time has moved on and Porsche Design now produces watches in-house. But the most important thing is the Chronograph 1 is still very much alive, and now moves into the regular collection with the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 All Black Numbered Edition.

Earlier this year, Porsche Design launched the Chronograph 1 – 1972 Limited Edition, with the entire production run of 500 watches long sold out. Now though, the Chronograph 1 becomes part of the regular collection only to be limited to an annual production of 1,000 pieces. The watch has also received some subtle yet important updates with respect to the 1972 original.

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An example of the early 1972 Porsche Design Orfina Chronograph, the first black-coated watch

The updates to the Porsche Design Chronograph 1 All Black Numbered Edition are minimal, yet important. This includes slightly updated fonts and the use of the present-day Porsche Design logo, as well as updated typography of the tachymeter scale. The subdials for the chronograph are slightly recessed and the design for the minute hand has been slightly changed. The dial is also marked with “Certified Chronometer”, a testament to the movement’s precision.

Power comes from Porsche Design’s Werk 01-140 automatic chronograph movement. This proprietary movement is based on the Valjoux 7750 architecture yet improved in several key areas. This includes the day/date indication that instantly jumps at midnight and a new Porsche Design rotor. The movement can be seen through the sapphire crystal caseback.

The Porsche Design Chronograph 1 All Black Numbered Edition comes on a black PVD coated three-link titanium bracelet with a very easy-to-use integrated quick-release system and a micro-adjustable folding clasp. It will retail for EUR 8,950 and can be pre-ordered from May 2022, with deliveries commencing in September of this year.

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5 responses

  1. $10500 bucks sure that’s reasonable for a reworked 7750 and a pvd case ….pass

  2. I don’t understand Porsche Design. The more sought after model with limited run to 500 units has no viewable case back and is cheaper.

  3. The premium is steep. At least it should have used DLC instead of PVD and a column wheel modification to justify the price, although the midnight day/date jump is a sweet addition.

  4. Well done Porsche. the watch can be pre-ordered, so there won’t be any scalpers around. Finally! like it, pre-order it, get it. Voila!

  5. I have the original Porsche Design watch from 1978 made by Orfina using the Lemania Caliber 5100, and that one looks better, way better than this one, and I did not paid 1000.00 USD for that one, and it had a Column wheel controlling the chrono functions, concentric seconds and minute counter hands with the regular hour and minute hands, and at 12 it had a 24-hr dial. No, I will pass this one. I will stay with my Speedy collection as it is, plus my Porsche Design, and my Fortis Astronaut Chrono with the Lemania 5100. And No, I don not have the Rolex Daytona because it does not have the real Pedigree these other three models have, just good marketing, and in any case, Rolex failed the 1965 NASA resting…………….


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