The 24 Hours Le Mans is over. Audi wins the 76th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2008. The Audi trio consists of Kistensen (wins for the 8th time in 9 tries), McNish and Capello.

What has this to do with watches you ask? Besides Steve McQueen wearing his Heuer Monaco in the 1971 movie ‘Le Mans‘, Rolex is long time sponsor of the event. Every year, Rolex presents a stainless steel Rolex Daytona to personalities who embody the spirit of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This Daytona has ‘Spirit of Le Mans’ engraved in its caseback.

Photo by John Holbrook
Picture by J. Holbrook, from his wallpaper collection @ The Rolex Reference page.

This year, the ?¢‚Ǩ?ìSpirit of Le Mans?¢‚Ǩ¬ù Rolex Cosmograph Daytonas will be presented to Yves Courage, constructor and driver who has competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1982 (Lola-BMW), and Martin Birrane, a former 24 Hours of Le Mans driver, who is celebrating his 50th birthday this weekend.

With this limited Daytona (with engraving and background story), their funding for their early-retirement is secure. 🙂

  • Curtis

    I think a Daytona watch is also given to each of the overall winners (3 in the Audi – McNish, Kristensen and Capello. McNish was having pictures taken for Autosport during LeMans weekend and there was a picture of him showing off a black dial Daytona with a BIG smile on his face!!

  • @Curtis: Thanks for your comment. As I understood, most of the drivers already had one (bought by themselves :)), but perhaps I am not correctly informed.


  • Big Al

    Curtis is correct…..I was under the podium when they received their Rolex watches, but I don’t know if they were the “daytona”

  • Jason Hill

    I have a Daytona, but it doesn’t help my driving.