Paying Tribute to the Ford Mustang
With the P-51, literally every scratch tells a story. The handmade dial showcases the 40 years of patina from the Ford Mustang it was partly made from. Moreover, The P-51 is mirroring design elements from the original Mustangs – capturing the masculine DNA of one of the most iconic cars ever produced.
Fun fact: The original Ford Mustang was named after the American long-range fighter-bomber used during World War II – The P-51 Mustang. Ford went on to adopt the Mustang name as a tribute to the fighter-bomber. REC Watches adopted the P-51 name as a tribute to the Ford Mustang.
In 1964, Ford launched a new age of American sports cars: The Ford Mustang. Although viewed by many as the "original" Muscle Car, the Mustang didn't start out as one. Lee Iacocca, Vice President of Ford at the time, wanted to give the American market a car which weighed under 2,500 lbs. priced at under $2,500.
The very same day the Mustang was introduced in 1964, Ford dealerships sold a record-breaking 22,000 Mustangs. The Mustang was an instant hit, and Ford sold more than 400,000 Mustangs in their very first year of production, making the Mustang an indisputable success.
In 1967 the Mustang received a major facelift with the introduction of the new '67 Fastback, regarded by many as one of the finest looking American sports cars ever made. And if the legacy-of-cool was not already apparent to everyone, it was further cemented in 1968 with the release of the iconic "Bullitt" film, featuring Steve McQueen blazing a '68 Fastback through the steep streets of San Francisco.
Still, after a tumultuous period including numerous radical design changes to the Mustang during the 70s, 80s and 90s, it was not until 2005 that Ford would go back to the roots of the original Mustang design. The new S197 design was a direct testament to the classic 60s Mustang, and this highly popular throwback styling has defined the modern Mustang ever since.
The dial is the real star of the show as it ensures the uniqueness in every single P-51 timepiece due to the fact that no two dials are alike. Every dial used in the P-51 is recycled and always unique - cut from the body of a salvaged Ford Mustang and coated with a clear layer of lacquer. This ensures that the “patina” in the dial does not spread to other parts of the watch.
The design of the power reserve is inspired by the fuel gauge of the classic Ford Mustang. However, while on the classic Mustang the E(empty) indicator is on the left, this is reversed on the P-51 due to the mechanical movement in the P-51.
The three-hand and date function is inspired by the original Mustang dashboard. This reference is sized down in order to showcase even more of the beautiful patina dial. The dashboard inspiration gives the P-51 a vintage feel and even the font used on the dial is borrowed from the original Mustang.
Fun fact: Every P-51 timepiece is engraved with the unique Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) and year of the salvaged Mustang that was used to make the P-51 timepiece.
Your P-51 timepiece comes with a scanable Story Card - which is both NFC and QR compatible - taking you directly to a video documenting the stories, anecdotes and origin of the specific car which became part of your watch!
About REC Watches
REC Watches was launched in 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark by a team of petrolheads and watch fanatics with the vision of transforming these passions into truly unique timepieces.
Guided by the unique concept to RECover - RECycle - REClaim, the result is that every single REC watch incorporates salvaged, recycled parts of iconic cars.
With a REC watch, expect to find a perfect blend of distinctive designs, subtle references, handmade components and fantastic storytelling!