With the rise of vintage we’ve seen many contemporary brands and start ups styling their watches after those from the 60’s and 70’s. The heyday of the motorsport chronograph, the 60’s and 70’s were a time of experimental design with exciting use of colors, interesting cases and, of course, the dawn of the automatic chronograph.
Manchester Watch Works, a young American brand from Vermont whose dive watches we have discussed before, is back with a new racing chronograph that pays tribute to that era of fierce sports and engineering rivalries. Named the Morgan, MWW has developed a quartz chronograph with a very intriguing aesthetic, featuring a great case shape that just shouts 70’s Zenith.
The case measures a healthy 40 x 48.5 x 11mm, which is inline with many of the larger pieces from the era. The geometry is really gorgeous with a cushion shape that drops off at a steep angle, creating short, chunky lugs. The whole top surface is brushed vertically and contrasted by polished bevels that run along either side. On the right side you have two long pushers, which look great with the shape of the case, and a sizable crown. Flip the watch over, and you have a solid case back with an interesting etching in the center. MWW has created a sort of yin-yang out of interlocking horse head silhouettes in positive and negative. It’s a nice and unexpected detail that refers to the horses from which the watch gets its name. The watch is capped off with a raised and beveled sapphire crystal.