1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
1968 Ford Mustang Fastback
The P51 Eleanor is a limited edition timepiece featuring a handcrafted dial made from a 1968 Ford Mustang Fastback Eleanor.
Limited to 498 pieces.
The original “Eleanor” was a highly customized 1971 Ford Mustang Sportsroof – redressed as a ’73 model – first seen in the 1974 version of “Gone in 60 Seconds”.
However, many will recognize the name from Jerry Bruckheimer’s 2000 remake of the same movie in which the Eleanor was a Dupont Pepper Gray 1967 Ford Mustang Fastback cast as a Shelby GT500 and created by legendary coachbuilder Chip Foose.
Since then, the Eleanor style has become a highly popular custom choice for Mustang owners around the world. The vehicle parts used in this collection are taken from a customized car – originally a ’68 Fastback immaculately rebuilt as an Eleanor by the Thienpont brothers at Mustang & Co. in Saintes, Belgium.
Finding its inspiration in the curves, rims, racing stripes, chrome elements and unique counters of the ’68 Mustang Eleanor, this timepiece seeks to capture the elegant, racy and masculine styling of the Eleanor.
- Diameter 44,0 mm
- Height 10,8 mm
- Dial Opening Ø: 38,0 mm
- Weight: 125g
- Caliber 9130 Miyota movement w. rotor decoration
- Type Mechanical lever movement, self-winding
- Frequency 28,800 VPH (4.0 hz)
- Power reserve approx. 48 hours
- Jewels 26
- 3 Hands / Date / Power Reserve indicator
- Skeleton and orange printed hands
- 3 ATM, 30 meters
- 3-year full warranty
- 316L Stainless steel
- 4-Piece case with black PVD and gunmetal coating
- Top glass Sapphire Crystal with anti-reflective coating
- Exhibition caseback with Mineral Crystal
- Handcrafted metal dial recycled from a 1968 Ford Mustang Eleanor.
- Double black calf leather strap w. black Coated buckle with quick-release system
- Strap Width 24,0 mm
Recovered / Recycled / Reclaimed
The Eleanor parts used for the P51 Eleanor timepieces were provided to us by Mr. Anthony Thienpont who, together with his family, owns and operates Mustang & Co. – Europe’s largest importer and dealer of classic Ford Mustangs.
For this family of classic car enthusiasts and mechanics, the Mustang is a big part of their lifeblood.
Every year, Mustang & Co. hosts an expo of classic cars, attracting owners and enthusiasts from all over Europe. For one of these shows they produced a flyer featuring an image of an Eleanor.
There was just one problem: they had no Eleanor, which meant they had to create one especially for the show.
The result was an immaculately built ’68 Fastback Eleanor, now a crown jewel in the family’s impressive collection of classic cars and a regular fixture at their annual classic car expo.
From Road to Wrist
As part of its Eleanor “transformation”, the ’68 Fastback trunk lid was dismantled, and subsenquently sent to us.
After the paint and primer was removed, we proceeded to punch 498 watch dials, all of which were then coated with a clear lacquer to make sure the original patina of this 51-year-old vehicle remains intact and visible.
With the soul of the Eleanor captured in the recycled dial, the challenge was to create a watch design to match its DNA.
Borrowing inspiration from the curves, rims, racing stripes, front grille, chrome elements and unique counters all of which are so unmistakably Eleanor, the resulting timepieces are both elegant, racy and masculine model with an inherent individuality.
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