You can finally tell your friends you have a real DeLorean time machine.
REC Watches has revealed a new timepiece created from a recycled DeLorean DMC-12.
The company, known for creating wristwatches out of car components, says the SPX DeLorean is made from John DeLorean's personal company car, making it all the more intriguing. The design is said to be inspired by the original car and, while there are no gullwing doors, the resemblance is clear to see.
A brushed stainless steel case recalls the DMC-12's iconic bare metal finish, while the face is reminiscent of the DeLorean's gauges. Like the vehicle, the timepiece boasts a black dial with white lettering. The typeface itself is similar to the one found on the DMC-12's speedometer.
The exhibition case back features the same grid design that gives the DMC-12's rear lights so much character and enables the owner to view the intricate mechanical workings of the watch.
Engraved on the case back glass is the vehicle's VIN along with "John DeLorean's company car," just in case someone doesn't believe you. Due to the finite amount of material provided, REC has had to limit the production run to just 456 examples, making it an exceedingly exclusive and rare collectible.
Surprisingly, it's not priced like other high-end, automotive-themed watches - at $1,995, it's a relative bargain.
Stephen Wynne, CEO of the DeLorean Motor Company, says the watch is a truly special piece for DeLorean collectors and aficionados alike. "DeLorean owners always have a connection with John DeLorean, and when you buy the watch, it's actually got pieces from the car that he touched and drove. If you're [a] collector, it's the ultimate piece of memorabilia."
He explains that the watches were made out of a small piece of the original car. "That they were able to achieve so many pieces ... [from] the small piece that we were able to harvest from the car ... [is] really cool."
The DeLorean name has made a comeback in recent years, Headed by Joost de Vries, DMC has teased several striking electric vehicles, such as the gorgeous Alpha5, but is yet to introduce anything to the market. However, the company recently announced that its Alpha2 will enter production shortly as the second production model in the modern lineup.
Powered by a V8 engine, it will take the fight to the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and, possibly, even the Porsche 911. "We had so many requests for [Alpha2] to be made, so we'll probably do a very small run," said de Vries at the time. Whether it comes to fruition is another story.
As for the watch, that is available now, with preorders already open and deliveries taking place from March 2023.