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Made from Lotus 98T chassis no. 4, the final black and gold JPS car in F1, raced by Senna in the closing eight races of the ‘86 season.

 

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RRP:3,995.00 USD You save:-800.00 USD Pre-order:3,195.00 USD
Limited to 989 pieces / 29 pre-orders left
RRP:3,995.00 USD You save:-800.00 USD Pre-order:3,195.00 USD
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Made from Lotus 98T chassis no. 4, the final black and gold JPS car in F1, raced by Senna in the closing eight races of the ‘86 season.

 

Delivery from March 2025

  • This is a Pre-order item. Read More
  • Free shipping, 3-year warranty & 30-days return. Read More
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Description

Developed in collaboration with Classic Team Lotus.

The 98T/4 is a limited edition Swiss-made chronograph made from Lotus 98T chassis no. 4. This car was the final black and gold JPS car in F1, raced by Senna in the closing eight races of the ‘86 season.

Each timepiece incorporates reforged aluminum from the car’s original plenum tubes. Encased in a sleek “glass box” case, the timepiece’s design elements capture the essence of this historic racing machine.

Specifications
Dimensions

Case diameter: 39,70mm
Opening diameter: 34,90mm
Lug-to-lug: 45,80mm
Height: 13,00mm

Movement

Calibre name: RC-98T/4
Calibre type: Integrated column wheel chronograph, Automatic, Swiss Made
Power reserve: 62 Hours
Frequency: 28’800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz)
Jewels: 31
Accuracy: ±6 seconds per day
Functions: Hours and minutes display in the center, small second at 6 o’clock. Chronograph counters: 60s and 30 min. Automatic & manual winding

Features

Chapter ring made from reforged 98T chassis #4 aluminum
Cushion case with glass-domes on front and back
Exhibition caseback w. serial no. engraving
Swiss Super-Luminova on hands and indices
Quick-release strap system, 20mm width
Water resistance 10 ATM, 100 meters

Materials

Case, crown, pushers & clasp: 316L Stainless steel
Top glass: Sapphire crystal w. 3xAR Coating
Strap: Double calf-skin leather

Strap

Width at lugs: 20,00mm
Width at clasp: 18,00mm
Strap length: 120mm/90mm

Legal disclaimer

Developed, manufactured and sold under License from Classic Team Lotus.

Racing history

Lotus 98T/4

 

Courtesy of the Classic Team Lotus Archives, we proudly present a media library of never-before-released images from this exceptional F1 racing era.

Team Lotus once reigned as Formula 1’s dominant force, clinching victory in 71 World Championship races across 19 seasons.

However, by the 1986 season, the team was grappling with the aftermath of Colin Chapman’s passing in 1982, striving to equip their star driver, Senna, with a competitive car.

The 98T emerged in the context of F1’s regulations for the 1986 season, which notably widened the performance disparity between race and qualifying trims.

While races often involved fuel conservation strategies, qualifying sessions were always electrifying. Unrestricted by boost limitations, qualifying trim engines surged well beyond 1,000 bhp, the highest ever recorded in F1.

Amidst an era defined by manual gearboxes, conventional clutch pedals, and the absence of power steering and traction control, turbo lag emerged as a significant challenge. Engine power surged unpredictably across the rev range, with components frequently succumbing after just a few flying laps due to the strain.

It would be known as the zenith of the V6 Turbo Era, epitomized by adrenaline-fueled racing, with wheelspin in fifth gear and qualifying engines pushed to their limits, sometimes melting as they returned to the pits.

Steve Hallam, Team Lotus engineer from 1982 to 1990, vividly recalls the intensity of the ’86 season, where turbochargers required replacement after every qualifying run:

That season, ’86, we used to change the turbochargers after every qualifying run […] the air around them was literally sparking as they were so hot. The boys would be sweating and you’d hear the sizzle as the moisture dripped onto the turbo!

Just four 98T cars were crafted by Lotus for the ’86 season, with chassis numbers 1 through 4. Senna piloted chassis no. 4 in the final eight races, including the iconic Australian GP, forever etched in F1 lore for its dramatic end-of-season climax.

Today, chassis no. 4 resides under private ownership in the UK, authenticated by Classic Team Lotus. The car continues to compete in historic races even today. When replacement of the plenum tubes became necessary, the original ones were provided to REC Watches for incorporation into the 98T/4 timepieces.

The final JPS

BLACK & GOLD

 

The Lotus F1 cars’ menacing black and gold paint scheme remains etched in Formula 1 history as one of the most iconic liveries to ever grace the tracks.

Lotus 98T chassis no. 4 was the last ever F1 car raced by Team Lotus in this iconic livery, marking the end of an exceptional era which would last from ‘72 to ‘86.

However, unbeknownst to many, the origins of this iconic racing livery offers an interesting piece of motorsport history in itself.

In the late ’60s, commercialism in motor racing was increasing, with major sponsors appearing on the F1 scene, namely in the form of tobacco and oil companies.

One of the earliest instances of tobacco sponsorship in F1 was with the Lotus team in the ’68 season, where Imperial Tobacco’s Gold Leaf brand became the first tobacco company to prominently feature its logo on an F1 car, adorning the Lotus 49 cars.

This marked the beginning of a trend that would see various tobacco brands becoming synonymous with the sport. All the way until 2007, tobacco advertising was seen on countless cars, with almost every single team profiting from cigarette company sponsorships at some stage.

This trend had developed into a regular torrent by the time Team Lotus changed its Gold Leaf livery to the unmistakable black and gold of the John Player Special cigarette brand in 1972.

The conceptualization of the JPS livery was undertaken by the Stanbury Foley Organisation, a London-based motor racing promotions company and the design is largely credited to Barry Foley.

Little did he know, the JPS livery would become one of the most cherished liveries in motorsports. Even as the landscape of Formula 1 continues to evolve, the black and gold livery of the John Player Special remains an enduring symbol of excellence and innovation in the world of racing.

From race to wrist

Racing DNA

 

Forged from aluminum plenum tubes salvaged from the Lotus 98T chassis no. 4, the tachymeter chapter rings of this timepiece evoke a storied legacy in racing.

Infused with a piece of the 98T chassis no. 4, each timepiece not only bears a tangible connection to a golden era in motorsport, but is also designed to pay homage to the distinctive character and racing DNA of this legendary vehicle.

Limited to 989 pieces.

In addition to featuring an authentic piece of racing and F1 history, a myriad of design references capture this iconic vehicle’s unique character and racing DNA.

These include both overt and subtle nods to the Lotus 98T, ranging from the striking black and gold color scheme, to intricate details like the skeletonized rotor “12” mirroring the car’s nosecone, or the movement back plate which subtly emulates the Renault EF15B engine top.

Crafted with precision, the 98T/4 timepiece features domed crystals that envelop the dial and caseback with the reforged tachymeter scale seamlessly integrated into the dial beneath the crystal.

Encased in a sleek cushion case measuring less than 40mm in diameter, these crystals add a mere 3mm of height, resulting in a remarkably slim timepiece profile.

The angle of the tachymeter chapter ring aligns perfectly with the curvature of the crystals, ensuring exceptional readability at a glance under any lighting conditions. Swiss Super-LumiNova is applied to the hands and indices, while double anti-reflective coating on the crystals minimizes glare.

Movement caliber

RC-98T/4

 

Powered by our first in-house developed movement: caliber RC-98T/4.

Developed specifically for this timepiece, this is a fully decorated, integrated column-wheel operated chronograph movement with a 62H power reserve.

With a slim profile of only 6.90mm, the RC-98T/4 movement boasts remarkable power and intricacy while maintaining a sleek and agile design reminiscent of the 98T race car.

Chronograph counters: 60 seconds at 6 o’clock and 30 minutes at 12 o’clock.

The decorations include a back plate designed to match the Renault EF15 engine, adorned with a skeletonized rotor bearing the driver’s number “12” found on the nose cone of the car, complete with an ultra-slim outer oscillating weight lip made from tungsten.

Caliber RC-98T/4 is certified Swiss-made, and manufactured in Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

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