Rolex Ref. 1675 GMT, presented to Derek Gardner by Sir Jackie Stewart
The Geneva Watch Auction: FOUR, Lot 162
The present watch has an extraordinary history. As indicated by the engraving found on its caseback: "To Derek From Jackie With Thanks 1971", this watch was gifted to Derek Gardner by Jackie Stewart showing his personal appreciation for the truly amazing work he did.
Not much can be said that hasn’t already about the 'Flying Scot' as he was so aptly named. An illustrious racing career with three Formula One Championships wins in 1969, 1971 and 1973 up until his retirement that same year, his dedication to the sport and in particular, the safety of drivers and the tracks is unsurpassed. Sir Jackie Stewart has been an ambassador for Rolex since 1969 and remains so to this day, so what better watch to present to Derek Gardner for his loyalty and genius in designing the winning car that enabled him to take the 1971 World title.
Derek Gardner was a designer and engineer who developed four-wheel drive systems for Matra in 1969. He then met Ken Tyrell in 1970 and Tyrell chose Derek Gardner to design his chassis. The frst chassis, the Tyrell 001, was built in his garage alongside his home in Warwick, England to where Jackie Stewart came in secret for a ftting one evening afer he had been testing a Matra F2 car at Goodwood.
The frst car was raced in the 1970 Canadian Grand Prix where Jackie Stewart qualified the car on pole on its debut and it led until an axle failed on lap 34. The car was further developed into the Tyrell 002 and 003 and drivers Jackie Stewart and François Cevert achieved seven wins between them in 1971. Stewart won the Drivers World Championship and Tyrell took the Constructors title.
This watch is not only complete with all you would expect on a 'full set' GMT-Master but further enhanced by double punched papers and booklet, one stamped Montres Rolex S.A and two original race photographs. These rare original images show Jackie sat inside the Tyrell on pole position at the 1973 Monaco Grand Prix, with Derek Gardner (in yellow shirt) listening in, with his Rolex GMT- Master visible on his wrist. Sir Jackie Stewart went on to win this race, not only securing the 1973 World Championship but equaling the record of 25 Grand Prix victories set by his good friend Jim Clark.
This watch presents a unique opportunity for both watch and motor racing aficionados to be able to own a watch that was worn and enjoyed for over 40 years by Derek Gardner; the man who 'built a World Championship winning car in his garage'. Further enhanced greatly by the fact that Sir Jackie Stewart, his friend, race legend, and long standing Rolex Ambassador personally presented it to him.
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