Details matter. Arturo Merzario's watch

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Details matter.

Arturo Merzario with the gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust watch he was given for helping to save Niki Lauda's life

From 1972-79, Italian driver Arturo Merzario, who is interviewed on page 98, made 57 starts in Formula 1. He is the owner of this gold Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust, a gift from Niki Lauda in 1976 for saving his life at the German Grand Prix. Lauda crashed at almost 140mph and the flaming wreck rebounded onto the track. Merzario stopped, and was able to rescue the Austrian. Weeks later, Lauda made a miraculous return and offered his Rolex as thanks.