Zero West LS-1 Land Speed Chronograph

Created by British watch brand Zero West, the LS-1 Land Speed Chronograph is probable the only British made bullhead chronograph watch. This automatic chronograph watch model is a tribute to motor car racing.

The 1920’s saw great international competition in land-speed record attempts. A fierce international rivalry existed for holding the much coveted land-speed record. During the 1920’s the land-speed goal was to break the 200mph barrier and during that decade, the land-speed record was broken no fewer than eleven times.

Zero West LS-1 Land Speed Chronograph

The elusive 200mph barrier was finally broken on 29th March 1927 at Daytona Beach, USA, by an Englishman called Sir Henry Seagrave, driving a British built Sunbeam car called “Mystery” aka Sunbeam 1000 hp. The speed recorded was 203.79 mph.

It was an incredible car built by the British Sunbeam Motorcar Company of Wolverhampton. A colossus at 24ft long, 8ft wide and weighing in at 4 tons it was clad in aluminium alloy and painted in a bright red livery. Two 22.4 litre V12 Sunbeam Matabele aero engines, synchronised and mounted in tandem powered the car, one in front and one behind the driver cockpit. Transmission was via a 3 speed gearbox, its final stage being twin chain direct drive to the rear wheels.

Zero West LS-1 Land Speed Chronograph

The record was then broken in February of the following year by another Englishman, Sir Malcolm Campbell, at a speed of 206.956 mph.

Seagrave however went on to retain the record again in 1929 in a car called Golden Arrow at a speed of 231.446 mph, and once again Britain’s dominance in leading the world in engineering and setting new land speed records was upheld.

Zero West celebrates this British engineering achievement with their new LS-1 Land speed bullhead chronograph. This watch is powered by the legendary Valjoux 7750 Swiss automatic movement. Presented in a “Bulls Head” configuration, LS-1 harks back to the dashboard mounted timing watches seen on speed record and racing cars of the 1920s.

The main body is machined from billet 316L stainless steel and finished in matt black PVD with straight barrel knurl and brushed top chamfer. The backplate and lugs are billet machined from a single piece of 316L stainless steel which is then mirror polished to create a beautifully sculpted cradle for the body to nest into. Time adjustment is by an oversize diamond knurled and dome topped crown and the chrono function pushers are sculpted into the cradle to accentuate the flowing three-dimensional form of LS-1.

Zero West LS-1 Land Speed Chronograph

The dial has a contemporary feel with balanced vintage design. A satin steel index ring frames the ink black dial, which features white numerals in SuperLuminova X1 pigment along with the matt steel hour and minute hand.

LS-1 is fitted with a leather strap which is hand crafted in the Zero West workshop using Horween leather, which is known for its beautifully supple and highly water resistant qualities. The result is a rugged, vintage feeling strap that will develop a lovely patina over time.

Technical details

Special features
Latitude and Longitude reference Daytona Beach
Date code references the Sunbeam land speed record
1920’s period dial and hand design
Laser engraved watch back denoting record
Polished stopwatch cradle emulates vintage dashboard fixing

Case
316L stainless steel case: Billet and finished in matt black PVD with straight barrel knurl and brushed top chamfer
Backplate and lugs: Billet machined from a single piece of 316L stainless steel and mirror polished
44mm diameter
15.7mm thick
22mm lug width
52.5mm lug to lug pin spacing
Water resistance: 10ATM (100m) 100% tested
Crown: Screw lock & sprung oversize straight diamond knurled and dome topped crown in polished 316L stainless steel with triple seal technology
Pushers: Sprung & double sealed pusher at 11 o’ clock (start/stop red polished) & 1 o’clock (reset silver polished)
Custom double curved domed sapphire glass with blue AR coating on the internal surface

Movement
Valjoux 7750
28,800vph
25 jewels
Self-winding ball bearing rotor
Power reserve ~48 hours

Dial
Black enamel over brass substrate with over printed vintage dial
Numerals highlighted in Super Luminova X1 luminous pigment
Sweep seconds sub-dial & minute & hour Chronograph sub-dials
Steel satin dial ring with 0.2 second resolution indexes

Hands
Matt steel with inset SuperLuminova X1 luminous pigment
Red Chronograph function hands

Strap
22/22mm Custom handmade Horween leather water strap in ink black
Single wide sliding keeper loop
Natural burnished edges
Waxed hemp hand stitching in biscuit
Polished 316L stainless steel buckle with engraved ZW logo

Retail price
£2,995