The brand has heard a growing number of requests from Depancel collectors and enthusiasts alike to return to their racing chronograph roots. Even though they’ve done away with their online questionnaire that allows for the community to directly make suggestions as to what they’d love to see from the brand, the Legend 60s chronograph proves that they firmly still have their ear to the ground. And what better way to return to their “racing chronograph roots” than to develop a watch inspired by the Formula One racing scene in the 1960s.
The Legend 60s marks another first for the Depancel, and that comes in the form of using a hand-wound movement for the very first time. The engine in question is the Seagull ST1901, a movement that can trace its lineage back to the historic Venus 175 chronograph. Venus supplied some of the most accurate and reputable movements of the time, and was likely inside of the watches worn by those in the paddock or in the crowd while watching (and timing) the likes of Phil Hill, Bruce McLaren, and Sir Jack Brabham blasting their way around the track. Like the Venus 175 Chronograph, the Seagull ST1901 movement is sans an oscillating weight, displaying the entire architecture through an exhibition caseback.
On the flipside, Depancel decided to keep the dial as traditional as possible, opting to go with a Panda and Reverse Panda. But the more interesting dial feature resides on the outer edge. A pulsometer scale up to 150 beats per minute, and a “red zone” should the ol’ ticker hit 200 bpm, is located from the twelve o’clock marker to three. The rest of the dial’s outer edge displays a km/h tachymeter scale up to 200 km/h, and like the pulsometer, also demarcates a “red zone” up to 240 km/h if at any point your foot gets heavy on the pedal.