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Lemans Clock

I am very understanding of the value of age, provenance, and rarity.  I also know the value of a dollar.  These two known truths conflict with each other over this clock available for sale on eBay, and I cannot decide if the starting bid is absolutely ridiculous, or completely valid.

On the one hand, this clock is more than a rarity; it is one of a kind.  It is truly unique in the full definition of the word, and if you pass this opportunity up, you will never find another like it, I can promise you that.  It is also truly expensive, and 250 grand can buy a lot of other really cool stuff.

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Providing timing for several 24 hour races in a little town called Le Mans, France, having presided over the start-finish line of one of the most important racing events in the world, this clock was used for one day per year for several years. This clock presided over and determined 24 hour victories by Mazda, Porsche, Jaguar, McLaren and Peugeot. According to the seller, this is the only Le Mans clock in private ownership, as the original “Dutray” clock (as seen in the McQueen classic “Le Mans”) was lost during timing tower renovations, and the subsequent Rolex Clocks are all either in use at the circuit, or held in the museum.

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All of that being said, is the seller crazy to ask for a quarter million dollars in payment for this clock? Here are a few counterpoints:

  • First of all, the clock is not operational, and has been in storage since it was replaced by the Rolex clock for the 1998 race.
  • Secondly, it does not appear to be complete, as two bulbs seem to be missing.
  • Finally, no information is included to give any idea of how the clock came to be located in Texas. I am, by no means, accusing the seller of fraud or theft, but it would be nice to know how they came into ownership, and how and why it was shipped to the United States in the first place.

I don’t think the question involving this clock is “is it worth it?”, the real question is “what is 250,000 dollars worth?”  What could you get for the same amount of money that would provide more enjoyment? If you asked me, I would answer 2011 Porsche 997 GT2 RS.  But that’s just me.

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