Nissan has collaborated with Denmark-based REC Watches to craft a unique timepiece for renowned racing driver John Morton.

Morton’s skillful driving in the early 1970s elevated the Datsun brand as a competitive contender on the racetrack and earned the adoration of fans globally.

He was behind the wheel of the #46 Datsun 510 built by Peter Brock and Brock Racing Enterprises (BRE), winning consecutive SCCA Trans Am 2.5-litre Championships in 1971 and 1972.

The 1971 race was considered a major upset and earned the car a reputation as a “giant killer.”

“This watch is a small token of appreciation for a valued friend of Nissan and a timeless legend to race fans all over the world,” senior manager, product development, after sales division, Nissan North America, Dave Bishop, said.

The JM 46 Heritage wristwatch features significant nods to the BRE #46 Datsun 510 including its race number #46 on the face, iconic colors and Morton’s signature.

More subtle accents, such as a yellow second hand, pay homage to history.

Wanting to make the car stand out on the track and in photos, team owner and manager, Peter Brock, highlighted various components in a striking Sperex VHT yellow, including its signature yellow exhaust.

Until now, the slightly damaged, original chin spoiler hung on an office wall at Nissan headquarters as a reminder of the iconic Datsun BRE 510 that established the brand as a legitimate performance competitor.

Now, that very spoiler has been used to create the caseback of the watch with contrasting colors of red, white and black.

Nissan presented the watch to Morton in Atlanta on April 25 at the 42nd Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Mitty held at the Michelin Raceway, where Morton raced the BRE Datsun 240Z.

“To see this watch with my name on it is such an honour. I can’t adequately express how pleased I was to be presented this keepsake,” Morton said.

Of course the actual car (with a replacement chin spoiler) remains unaltered and in original livery as part of Nissan’s Heritage Collection in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Chris Riley has been a journalist for almost 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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