For those unable to stretch to buying a DeLorean DMC-12 immortalised by the Back to the Future movies, there is a solution ─ so long as you like telling the time and have a spare £120 kicking around. Meet the DeLorean watch.
The officially licensed DeLorean watch can be had with black, silver or blue detailing and is powered by a Japanese Miyota 2315 movement. The silvery case measures 44mm and is resistant to water up to a depth of 100 metres, which is useful for when you inevitably wear it in the sea.
Hardened mineral crystal protects the rather fetching face from damage. Keeping it on your wrist, meanwhile, is the job of a black leather strap with beige stitching or – in the case of the blue version – a matching blue strap with yet more of the ‘B’ word.
You also get a date function, located at 3 o’clock, and a stylish DeLorean watch ‘presentation box’ to keep it safe at night and provide a touch of wow-factor if you plan to give it to someone else. You generous soul, you.
Not that you will ever see it when being worn, but underneath the watch is a rather nifty engraving of the DeLorean DMC-12 complete with its ‘gullwing’ doors ajar.
Besides making watches, the DeLorean Motor Company (hence DMC) will also be building actual entire DMC-12 cars for around US$100,000. There was a rumour the car would take on a different appearance, but DMC said it would be based on a 1982-spec car and its 2,800-odd components.
The DMC-12 remake was meant to go on sale in 2017, but the wait is ongoing because of regulations associated with low volume manufacturers. There is actually a timer of just how long overdue on the DMC blog, as well as specific details on what specific areas of the US government are holding up proceedings.
The new DMC company has nothing to do with the original DeLorean Motor Company. It was actually bought by British entrepreneur Stephen Wynne, who had been running a DeLorean parts and service centre in the US when he was given a chance to buy the name.
Low sales figures did little to harm the DeLorean DMC-12’s iconic status, of course, 99 per cent of which was due to Marty McFly using it to travel through time in the 80s movie trilogy, Back to the Future.
The original car went on sale between 1981 and 1983, during which just 9,000 examples were sold.
Having been unveiled in the spring of 2017, you can buy the Alpha DMC DeLorean watch for £119.99 from DeLorean’s official watch shop. A one-year guarantee is included. At the time of writing, you can knock 15 per cent off at checkout using the discount code: ALPHADMC12.
As for an actual DeLorean DMC-12, you can fill out a pre-order form here and hope the regulation issue is ironed out soon. If only there was some way to jump forward in time to find out when that will be…