A Tribute to Iconic 1960s Racing Watches
Inspired by the design, spirit, and durability of the iconic racing watches of the 1960s and 1970s, our new R1 Racing Chronograph is an all-purpose mecaquartz timekeeper blending the aesthetics and functionality of a modern chrono with the durability, water resistance, and everyday practicality synonymous with our brand.
"Vaer is guiding people toward an enthusiast design language in a way we haven't seen before."
The Best of Both Worlds
Boasting the strongest water-resistance specs in its segment, the 10ATM R1 will keep you on time and in good taste from the track to the ocean, and everywhere in between. In addition its impressive outdoor specs, the R1 is distinguished by full US assembly and its hybrid mecaquartz movement which uses quartz technology for the main functions of the watch and a mechanical module for operating the chronograph.
Water Resistance Rating
The R1 is ocean-ready - and sold with a guaranteed waterproof warranty.
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.
Quartz Accuracy with a Beautiful Sweeping Hand Action
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.
Assembled in USA
An investment in American craftsmanship
Your daily wristwatch is an incredibly important and personal object, and we think you should have a choice of where it's put together. While we do offer the choice of Swiss and Asian assembly, our core offering is USA assembly by our team of technicians. The R1 line is powered by a Japanese made VK-63 meca-quartz movement, and fully assembled in the USA.
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.
316L Stainless Steel
38mm x 46mm x 12.2mm
Bubble Domed Sapphire w/ internal AR coating
True Mechanical Reset, 1/5 second sweep center-stop hand
Hattori VK-63 Meca-Quartz
Hour + Minute Color
Second Hand Color
-10/+20 sec / month
FKM Tropic Strap (Standard), Nylon, Bracelet, Leather (Optional)
20mm (Compatible with all Vaer straps)
Dive Clasp, 4 Micro Adjustments, Solid end links, 18mm Taper
24 Months (Waterproof Guarantee)
$399 - $509
United States of America
Built to Last a Lifetime
Vaer is a small self-funded company, and we’ve spent countless hours designing and building the R1 watch. We hope you love it as much as we do. But if for some reason there's a problem or it's not a fit, you can get in touch with us, and as the founders we'll do everything we can to ensure you have a positive experience with our brand.
For Purchases in America
Due to batch assembly and demand, most watches ship in 7 days.
Full Refund within 30 Days
We think you'll love this watch. If not, we make it easy to exchange.
2 Year Complete Coverage
All Vaer watches are sold with a 24 month guaranteed warranty.
Love this watch!
This watch is such an elegant piece and so comfortable to wear. To be honest, it looks like an heirloom watch that has been passed down and I love that! I have small wrists but still opted to go for the 42mm size and feel like I made the right call. This watch is a perfect companion piece to add into the rotation with my C5 Field Watch (R1 for when I want to impress folks and the C5 for running and other active pursuits). Also, the jubilee bracelet with this watch looks dynamite! Well done, Vaer!
My first Vaer, but not my last
I received the R1 Cream 38mm a week ago and it has exceeded my expectations. I bought this watch on preorder and it was definitely worth the wait. The R1 ticks all the boxes: - sporty retro design - quality look and feel - American assembled - excellent veterans discount I will purchase another Vaer soon. Trying to decide if I should get the D5 Tropic or the A5 Field.
Brilliant chronograph at a reasonable price
Very pleased with my R1 Chronograph. Such a handsome design. The combination of brushed and polished surfaces on the case in particular is very well done. I got the black version, and legibility is excellent, particularly for a chronograph. You can dress it up, or dress it down. Looks good with anything, and the 38mm size is perfect for my modest-size wrist. I have to say, I did have a small issue with my watch. I could have lived with it, but Vaer had a replacement to me within a few days. Beyond impressed with the customer service and overall experience. More than anything, I'm impressed with the watch!
Just arrived today. This is my second Vaer watch. There will be a third in the very near future. I had originally ordered the 38mm version. Sent it back and swapped it for the 42mm. You guys are top notch and awesome to deal with
I love this watch! I’ve bought watches at this price point before and I’ve always been disappointed. Vaer doesn’t cut any corners on quality. The R1 is super functional and rugged. It has the perfect amount of weight that lets you know it’s sturdy, but not too heavy where you always feel it while you walk. This thing is so comfortable I sleep in it. The chronograph function is a fun addition if your like me and like to “use” a watch a little more. The customer service is also terrific. I had an issue with one of the extra nylon bands it came with, and they sent me two more bands within the week. I’ll definitely be buying more from Vaer.