But that is not, and should not, be where the fun of watch collecting ends. While it is perfectly normal for one to have at least one or two iconic models to form the foundation of one's watch collection, sometimes it's worth the effort to stray away from the sidewalk and look for less mainstream-y pieces that come with their own charms and stories behind. Something that might or might not appeal to everybody yet you simply don't care, so long as it speaks to you.
And today, with the generous help from our friends over at LT Watches who provided the timepiece, we bring you the complete anatomy of a modern cult classic in the form of a super sexy, 100% badass vintage chronograph from the 1970s that was most famously donned by Nina Rindt, the Finnish model and widow of Jochen Rindt, the only person to ever posthumously win the Formula One World Drivers' Championship: The Universal Geneve Compax "Nina Rindt".
Interestingly enough, as if UG has found itself in a situation whereby they did not have to worry too much about spending time building movements from the ground up, it has actually managed to devote effort in designing some of the most edge-cutting, contemporary looking sporty chronograph pieces from that era. And the UG Compax family is one such example. The most famous member of the family? You're looking at it.
The reference 885105/03, or more commonly known as the "Nina Rindt", features what we call a "Panda Dial", with the base color being a nice creamy white with dark, sunken sub-dials at 3, 6 and 9 o'clocks. The hour markers are printed, instead of applied, with lume dots on the perimeter as usual. The white sub-dial hands are especially refreshing here, being much "fatter" than their counterparts found in other chronographs of that era that, while not necessarily the most pragmatic way of going about it (it could get confusing trying to read the the markings if the hands are wide enough to cover one complete increment), it's certainly the memorable little detail that sets it apart from many other "me-too" chronographs from the 60s.
In case you're wondering, we've found a live listing of this very same reference here. The price? Go figure.