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Watch & Learn: Sir Jackie Stewart’s Rolex

The racing legend’s throwback timepiece

On the occasion of Lewis Hamilton tying Sir Jackie Stewart’s British record for winning three Formula One racing championships, we thought we’d check in and see what the man they called the Flying Scotsman was up to these days.

It turns out that Stewart is still very active on the racing scene. We spotted the former driver and sportscaster hanging out at the F1 Grand Prix in Singapore last month. Of course, we couldn’t help but notice his Rolex Day Date 36 with a distinctive green dial and leather strap.

The Rolex Day Date 36 watch

Not only is Stewart one of the greatest Formula One drivers of all time, in the 1970s he was a style icon. Back then, he seemed to single-handedly make his flat cap, shaggy hairstyle, aviator sunglasses and big sideburns the most manly look around. As you can see, Stewart is still rocking this signature look (minus the muttonchops).

Stewart’s watch of choice has made a big comeback in 2015. The ‘70s-style colored dials are on-trend, and here Stewart has chosen a deep green face that complements the colors in his Stewart family tartan.

In fact, Rolex has recently released five new versions of the classic 36mm Oyster Perpetual Day-Date in a rainbow of dial tones that are matched to their leather straps. The case is milled from a solid of 18k gold but its fluted case back screws down to ensure that it’s waterproof (hence the oyster part of the watch’s nomenclature). The screw-down crown is also fitted with Rolex’s Twinlock double-waterproofing system.

The perpetual part of the name refers to the watch’s automatic movement. It’s powered by Rolex’s in-house caliber 3155. And all Perpetual models are fitted with a blue Parachrom (a Rolex-exclusive alloy of Niobium and Zirconium) hairspring. It not only resists the influence of magnetic fields and withstands extreme temperature variations, it also keeps this timepiece ticking in accordance to chronometer standards.

While his racing record has been matched by Hamilton, Stewart is still dressing like an unmatched champ. We’re always happy when a good look—like the green-dialed Day Date—endures the test of time.