Autodromo Steps Up Its Game with the Group B Series 2
Article By: Logan Hannen
NOV 07, 2018
New York based watchmakers Autodromo have unveiled the newest addition to their much-respected lineup, the Group B Series 2.
The Group B line is inspired by the motorsport era of the same name (considered 1982-1986), and pays tribute to the exotic materials and design philosophy shared by vehicles in that time. The original Group B series launched in 2016, and has seen several variations in the two years since. However, this is the first time the line has received a total revamp.
The Series 2
Autodromo Group B Series 2 “White”
The Series 2 is, in many respects, simply a new coat of paint over an already established design and build. Like its Series 1 older brother, the Series 2 still powered by a Miyota 9015 automatic movement, the case still measures 39.5mm in diameter, and is still made of a combination of stainless steel and titanium.
The primary difference between the Series 1 and 2 is the strap/bracelet and, perhaps more importantly, the lug system designed to house them. The Series 1 featured a custom nylon one piece strap (and a spare one in the box), and fixed lugs/spring bars, meaning you couldn’t remove the strap and replace it with, say, leather or rubber (the exception being leather straps with folding ends, but that’s another discussion entirely). With the Series 2, Autodromo sought to do two things: the first, to give the Group B a bracelet, something brand founder Bradley Price said customers had been asking for. The second was, as an extension of this, the introduction of a traditional springbar system. This was done primarily in an effort to accommodate the bracelet, but the end result is the owner can now customize the Group B Series 2 with their choice of aftermarket or OEM straps.
The Three Group B Series 2 Variants
Source: SJX Watches
The Series 2 comes in three variations, all stock on a bracelet. The only major difference among them, in fact, is the dial design/colors. The white and orange colored dials feature the same design, including an incredibly pronounced hour and minute track in the respective colorway, while the third variant is a special edition known as the Night Stage II, and features a very militaristic, radar design on the dial, as well as a fully sandblasted bracelet in contrast to the more standard brushing found on the other two models.
All three Series 2 models are currently available for pre-order for $875 USD, and their final retail price will be $975.
As readers of this series will no doubt be used to me saying, I’ve got a soft spot for this brand, and specifically the Group B. It’s always felt like such a spot-on tribute to design and function in the world of motorsport while still maintaining a very specific identity of its own. The fixed lugs of the Series 1 were the reason I never even considered one previously for my own collection (have I mentioned I absolutely despise NATO/slip-through straps?), but this new evolution of the Group B may just have enough going for it to make it a serious contender. Plus, I’ll be the first to admit that if you give me even the slightest Gerald Genta vibes with your design, I’m probably in. I know, it’s a character flaw, but I’m working on it.
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