Wednesday, August 05, 2015
Heuer Montreal ref. 110.503 "Stefan Bellof"
This shy German had started just 20 grands prix when he died in the summer of 1985, aged 28, and his best result in F1 was a mere fourth place at Monaco. But the fact that more than 25 years on his peers consider him the 35th greatest talent further establishes the legend of a shocking level of unfulfilled potential.
Bellof's dumbfounding speed was attributed by many of his rivals to a complete absence of fear, but there are those who believe he played on this reputation and was more calculating than the reckless spirit he projected.
Either way, the results Bellof achieved in Formula 2 and sportscars were spectacular both in form and the manner he produced them. That he died fighting for the lead of a world championship sportscar race at Spa in circumstances that could only be blamed on him, just as his career seemed destined to bloom, is a tragic yet appropriate epitaph for the ultimate 'what-might-have-been' driver.
The watch ( see pictures ) is the Heuer Montreal ref. 110.503 with serial number 311478. It's in a 100% NOS condition, comes with the original NSA bracelet with Heuer logo on the clasp and the red hangtag. The caseback still has the original and very sought after red sticker.