Made in 1950, the rare 18K yellow gold wristwatch has a square button chronograph, registers, tachometer and telemeter. Estimated at $10 000-15 000, the watch is an important piece of racing history.

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Luigi Villoresi was one of the leading racing drivers in the world during the decade after the Second World War. He is remembered as one of the last racers who witnessed the years between the racing of the 1930s and the modern World Championship.

Luigi Villoresi sits in his Maserati whilst preparations continue for Britain's finest international car race at Crystal Palace Image via BBC Luigi Villoresi sits in his Maserati whilst preparations continue for Britain's finest international car race at Crystal Palace
Image via BBC

Villoresi had an illustrious career with Maserati. In 1936, 5 years after he began racing, he bought a 1500cc Maserati and ventured into voiturette racing, which gained him his first major win in 1937 at Brno in Czech Slovakia. This was a crucial point in Villoresi's career, the following year he became a Maserati "works" drivers and in turn his brother Emilio, who was racing for Alfa Romeo, became one of his biggest rivals.

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