Las Vegas, Nev., November 25, 2019 — Ernst Benz, a leading watch designer and manufacturer, has partnered with Gateway Bronco in support of The Ryan Blaney Family Foundation, auctioning a one-of-a-kind 1974 Ford Bronco with a matching Ernst Benz timepiece to benefit the Alzheimer’s Association. 

The Ryan Blaney Family Foundation, headed by star NASCAR driver Ryan Blaney, commissioned Gateway Bronco to reimagine and build a custom Bronco that will be sold at Barrett-Jackson’s 2020 Scottsdale Auction where all proceeds will be donated to the Alzheimer’s Association. There is a personal connection between the Foundation and the Association as Blaney’s grandfather, legendary racing driver Lou Blaney, passed away from Alzheimer’s disease in 2009. 

The Ryan Blaney Family Foundation Bronco is destined to be the first Bronco delivered with the Eaton TVS supercharger technology, the same as the 2020 Shelby GT 500. The highest bidder will go home with both the Bronco and the Ernst Benz watch inspired by the collaboration. 

“I’m excited to be working with both Gateway Bronco and Ryan Blaney to support an incredible cause,” said Leonid Khankin, Managing and Creative Director of Ernst Benz “We met Ryan through our involvement with NASCAR and the Speedway Motorsports family, and he is an exceptional guy doing great work that we are proud to support.” 

The watch, a unique 47mm Ernst Benz Instrument ChronoScope, was designed to emulate the details of the ‘74 Bronco, with the dial matching the “steel blue” exterior PPG color and featuring a unique design inspired by the numbers of the vehicle’s speedometer in white luminous numerals, with a “Blaney Bronco Project” logo and Blaney’s signature along with instrument hands in white and orange luminous. The Bronco’s speedometer was then reverse engineered to match the dial of the watch. 

Features of the Bronco’s design are depicted in even the finest details of the watch including; a brown Aviator strap made from vintage Porsche leather that mirrors the interior of the vehicle, an angular bezel and polished square pushers with a brushed case to match the finish of the car details, and wheels in a stainless steel case with signature exhibition back showing the movement. 

Gateway Bronco, one of the largest restorers of the first-generation Bronco, has worked closely with Blaney to bring his vision of the ultimate classic SUV to life featuring an original 1974 Bronco fully restored and re-imagined with a contemporary Ford drivetrain, updated suspension, genuine Porsche leather interior and heritage styling — including barn wood bed in the cargo area with ”Blaney & Sons Lumber Special” logo to pay homage to the Blaney family’s lumberyard that helped support the family’s passion of racing. 

The Bronco was most recently on-hand at the Eaton booth at SEMA this November and will now head to Barrett-Jackson’s 2020 Scottsdale Auction. 

About Ernst Benz: 

Inspired by the spirit of travel and the art of watchmaking, Ernst Benz watches are designed and manufactured in the traditional Swiss manner. Surpassing quality standards typical of equipment designed for professional aviators, the Great Circle collection is renowned for its accuracy, durability, and legibility. 

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About Gateway Bronco: 

Gateway Bronco, innovator in the re-imagination of Ford Broncos, guarantees up to a 5-year warranty by producing reconditioned off-road vehicles on a production line with quality checks each step of the way. Each product is equipped with a Ford Coyote 5.0L V8 engine from Ford Performance, a now a 10-speed automatic transmission, and is engineered to perform like a modern vehicle using proprietary solutions exclusive to Gateway Bronco. For more information, visit 

About Ryan Blaney Family Foundation: 

Established in 2018, the Ryan Blaney Family Foundation – a 501(c)3 organization – supports causes that have directly impacted the Blaney Family. Benefactors of the Foundation include the Alzheimer’s Association and UPMC Sports Medicine Concussion program. 


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