“Maybe I will not live to reach the age of 40. But, until that time, I will have experienced more things in life than anybody else.”
“I plan to go on racing as long as I enjoy it, but I don’t want to feel I am dependent on it. Too many drivers go on racing too long just for the money, and they usually end up getting killed. I want to be able to pull out when I’ve had enough.”
Sadly Rindt did not reach the age of 40 as disaster struck two races after his German triumph. During practice for the Italian Grand Prix at Monza, Rindt’s Lotus inexplicably ploughed into the guard rail at Parabolica. He was not wearing a crotch strap and his seatbelt buckle caused fatal throat injuries.
The tragic irony of the crash was that it had occurred just yards away from where Von Trips had died nine years earlier.
While Von Trips’ points tally was beaten by Phil Hill in 1961, Rindt was not overtaken and was posthumously awarded the 1970 championship.
His watch was the wonderful Autavia 2446M (Minutes bezel)and this is my favorite chronograph of entire Autavia’s family,thanks to Rindt’s engagement.
The movement is a rugged Valjoux 72,screw balance beating at 18.000 a/h.
Rotating bezel,screw back case.