THE DEREK BELL
The Derek Bell 500 Chronograph
The legendary motor racing driver Derek Bell MBE, five times Le Mans winner, three times Daytona 24 winner and the two times World Sports Car champion, is regarded as one of the greatest sports car and endurance racing drivers of his era.
Bell is best known for winning Le Mans 24 hours race five times, in 1975, 1981, 1982, 1986 and 1987, making him the most successful British driver in the race to date. He was teamed with the Belgian Jacky Ickx in 1975, racing the Gulf Mirage GR8, again in 1981, racing a Porsche 936, and finally in 1982 racing a Rothmans Porsche 956. The Bell/Ickx partnership is considered as one of the most famous pairings in motorsport history. Bell went on to win the 1986 and 1987 Le Mans teamed with Hans-Joachim Stuck and Al Holbert racing a Rothmans Porsche 962.
His first Le Mans was in 1970 in a works entered Ferrari 512, with co-driver Ronnie Peterson, his last in 1996 racing a McLaren F1 GTR. Bell achieved his highest ever speed at Le Mans at the 1971 Le Mans 24 Hours April test day, reaching a calculated top speed of 246 mph on the Mulsanne Straight in the JW Gulf Porsche 917.
We are proud to offer an official motorsport watch as a tribute to the legendary Derek Bell – Limited to just 500 pieces worldwide.
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