R1 Racing Chronograph

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Congratulations! You've just secured pole position for our R1 launch. Keep a close eye on your email inbox in the coming days for additional updates on the exact launch date. This release will be on a first-come, first-serve basis and select models may sell out.


Water Resistance Rating

The R1 is ocean-ready - and sold with a guaranteed waterproof warranty.


Domed Crystal

The R1 features a scratch resistant top crystal, and deep etched caseback.


Assembly and Testing

The R1 is assembled in America - and powered by a Japanese mecaquartz movement.

"If you're looking for a functional, durable, and historically informed chronograph for under $500, you're absolutely going to love the Vaer R1 chronograph."

Hybrid Movement

The best of both worlds

The R1's movement uses quartz technology for the main functions of the watch and a mechanical module for operating the chronograph. This means that you get that beautiful sweeping motion for the chronograph, but you don’t need to worry about power reserves and keeping the watch wound, as the battery will keep it running. You also get the benefit of quartz accuracy here at +/- 20 seconds per month.

Two Case Sizes

With 3 unique colorways

Our goal at Vaer is to deliver our owners a enough customization to make each watch we sell custom fitted to every persons unique tastes and lifestyle. We're excited to offer the chronograph in two distinct sizes; a 60s authentic 38mm case, and a larger and more modern 42mm for those who prefer more presence on their wrist. Of course, all R1 models will ship with two 20mm interchangeable straps, and the optional upgrade of a premium leather strap or stainless steel bracelet.

Iconic Aesthetics

A dial and case rooted in 1960s F1 racing.

Like all Vaer watches, our goal with the R1 was to combine collector oriented aesthetics with our own function-first design ethos. Midcentury watches like the Heuer Autavia, and Omega Seamaster Chronograph were important reference points for our design, though we've worked to blend elements to create something truly individualized and unique. The choice to avoid a tachymeter and bezel were important distinctions and allowed us to deliver a legible and accessible chrono design, that is colorful and complex without being overwhelming or crowded.

Why are we making this watch?

At the start of the year, a chronograph watch was the biggest missing piece in the Vaer lineup. It’s something that we always intended to make, it was just a matter of when, and what kind? In our view, the hybrid mecaquartz the perfect option for a first release because we can keep the price around $400, order far more pieces (in more sizes), and ultimately deliver a watch that makes sense for everyday ocean wear, which is a core ethos for our brand.

Early Bird Access starting at $319

We're incredibly excited to bring this watch to life - and firmly believe it will be a core addition to our lineup. We're aiming to launch a pre-order in late summer 2022 on a first come, first serve basis, with delivery aimed for approximately 60 days after purchase.

Free Shipping

For Purchases in America

Due to batch assembly and demand, most watches ship in 7 days.

Easy Returns

Full Refund within 30 Days

We think you'll love this watch. If not, we make it easy to exchange.

Full Warranty

2 Year Complete Coverage

All Vaer watches are sold with a 24 month guaranteed warranty.