Ronnie “SuperSwede” Peterson was such a promising and unique driver that he inspired Jack Heuer to create a watch that matched—a solid gold Tag Heuer Carrera Watch. Jack presented the watch to Ronnie in 1972 after his incredible performance at the German Grand Prix on the Nurburgring circuit. The watch was built on the 1158CHN Carrera platform. This particular model was known as the “Montre de Pilote” or the driver’s watch. Fewer than 500 of these watches are thought to have been produced in the 1970s. In Ronnie’s case, Jack customized it by making it of solid gold, changing the face and dial layout, and engraving the back with “SUCCESS RONNIE PETERSON FROM JACK.W.HEUER.” The original watch now resides in the TAG Heuer museum.
Peterson’s career was marked by incredible success. His record included 10 Formula One Grand Prix victories, a trip to the podium 26 times, and a third place win at the 1973 Drivers’ Championship. During the 1978 Italian Grand Prix at Monza, a fatal first-lap accident brought an end to Ronnie’s racing career, but it did not herald the end of his contribution to racing. TAG Heuer has partnered with Bonham’s to reproduce and sell the watch Jack gave to Ronnie. Faithfully reproduced, even down to the engraving, the watch will be sold to benefit the Ronnie Peterson Memorial Foundation. The foundation supports young drivers who exhibit the same tenacity and talent that Ronnie did.