For whatever reason, cars and watches go together perfectly. Maybe it's years of motorsports sponsorship, or perhaps fans of both just love mechanical objects. Either way, here are some of our favorite car-related watches. Some are more explicitly automotive than others, but all will look great on your wrist.
Note: That's an Autodromo Monoposto in the image above. You can buy it .
The Tag Heuer Formula 1 isn't as loved in racing circles as the watchmaker's iconic Monaco and Carrera, but it's an affordable entry point to the brand.
Brooklyn watch designer Bradley Price is a hardcore car enthusiast, and he includes all sorts of automotive-inspired detailing into his affordable watches. We're big fans of the Group B line, which is inspired by the legendary rally class of the 1980s. This one's even got Martini colors for the strap!
No, the Timex Weekender doesn't have a specific automotive connection, but racers have used chronographs for years to measure time in rallying. Plus, it's a damn good watch at just over $50, and you can for it too.
The Apple Watch isn't designed specifically for car enthusiasts, but we think it could be put to use by racers. If you plan on doing any racing, you'll need to be in good shape, and the Apple Watch is an excellent fitness tracker.
This square chronograph was made famous by Steve McQueen, who wore one in Le Mans. TAG Heuer has also been involved with racing for decades, back before the watchmaker bought out by the TAG group (which also owns 25 percent of McLaren). The Monaco is nearly as iconic as Rolex's Daytona, and it's a fraction of the price. And if you want something a little less square, we recommend .
Like the Timex featured earlier, this isn't specifically an automotive watch, but we couldn't not include it. At under $100, this automatic watch is an astoundingly good bargain, and it's durable enough to wear every day. Plus, Sekio offers all sorts of color and strap options too.
Rolex's most iconic chronograph is named after Florida's most famous racetrack, and specifically, the 24-hour sports-car classic held there every year. Paul Newman famously wore a Daytona—his just sold for nearly $18 million at auction—and Rolex has given these to all the winners of the Daytona 24 since the early 1990s. They're expensive, with prices for used models starting in the low five-figures, but hey, it's a lot more expensive to win its namesake race.
Shinola doesn't make motoring watches specifically, but how could we not include a brand based in Detroit? The Runwell is the classy entry-level watch for Shinola, and it comes in all sorts of cool colorways.
IWC and Mercedes-Benz have enjoyed a long, fruitful partnership.You'll find IWC-branded clocks in AMG products, and this chronograph is inspired by the W125 GP car of the 1930s.