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C9 Me 109 SPC - 100 piece Limited Edition

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When Phillip Whiteman, the editor of Pilot Magazine, pulled a WWII vintage Junghans clock from his bag at the end of a dinner meeting with CW co-founder Mike France, little did he know what his actions would lead to: the creation of the C9 Me 109 SPC, and only the second watch to carry Calibre JJ02.

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  • Description

    Being honest has always been an important part of what defines us here at Christopher Ward, so we'll go ahead and say it: designing watches can sometimes be a long and arduous process. Yet there are also times when a watch emerges so organically - from the inspiration behind it, to its dial design and movement - the process flies by.

    Such was the case with the C9 Me 109 SPC. CW co-founder Mike France and Pilot Magazine editor Philip Whiteman were at the end of a business lunch at White Waltham, an airfield situated just a few miles from our Maidenhead HQ, when Philip retrieved a vintage Junghans clock from his bag. Taken from a Messerschmitt Bf 109, a Luftwaffe fighter that had seen service between 1937 and 1945, it was in need of repair (a new mainspring, it transpired).

    But it was the movement inside, a Unitas 6497, that caught Mike's attention. After all, our in-house modification of the Unitas, Calibre JJ02, would later awe the horological community upon its release inside the C9 Single Pusher Chronograph in 2012. Combining JJ02 with a Junghans-inspired watch seemed the perfect choice, whilst also marking its first appearance in a watch outside of our dress Collection.

    Despite being a watch of Germanic styling in a predominantly British-influenced aviation collection, the inside of the C9 Me 109 SPC is just as special as its exterior. Marking only the second time our award-winning Calibre JJ02 will appear in any Christopher Ward, one thing is for certain: JJ02 is flying high.
  • Movement

    Using the Unitas 6497 movement as a base, our master watchmaker Johannes Jahnke worked alongside Jean Fillon - an artisan with over 50 years of expertise working upon movements including the 6497 - to create a horological masterpiece. How? By deconstructing the Unitas and effectively re-designing its chronograph function with a new main plate, winding mechanism, and centre and second wheels.

    This enables a continuous-seconds sub-dial and a 30-minute totaliser to be operated through a single pusher in the crown, all of which are perfectly visible through the Me 109's museum-grade reverse sapphire crystal.

    Calibre JJ02 has also been overhauled cosmetically, with its balance bridge, chronograph bridge and chronograph module receiving a black PVD coating and chamfered edges.

    Beautifully engineered and gorgeous to behold; this is the art of horology writ large.
Technical
  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Height: 15.7mm
  • Weight: 90g
  • Calibre: JJ02, hand-wound chronograph, highly modified from Unitas 6497
  • Case: Sandblasted DLC stainless steel
  • Vibrations: 18,000 per hour
  • Timing tolerance: +15/-15 seconds per day
  • Water resistance: 5 ATM (50 metres)
  • Lume: Old Radium SuperLuminova®
  • Strap width: 22mm
  • Strap colour: Camel
  • Lug to Lug: 51.5mm
Features
  • Swiss made
  • Special limited edition of only 100 pieces
  • Highly-modified Unitas 6497 hand-wound mechanical chronograph by Johannes Jahnke with Jean Fillon
  • Continuous seconds and 30-minute totaliser sub-dials operated through a single central crown
  • Balance bridge, chronograph bridge and chronograph module finshed with black PVD coating and polished chamfered edges
  • 40 hour power reserve
  • Assembled by hand at Christopher Ward's Swiss atelier
  • Museum-grade sapphire crystal with AR08 anti-reflective coating
  • Sandblasted, diamond-like carbon (DLC), marine-grade stainless steel case and crown
  • Full-width sapphire crystal backplate
  • Dial and hands design from the Junghans clock found inside the Messerschmitt Me 109 fighter plane
  • Light Old Radium SuperLuminova® coating on hands and indexes
  • Vintage oak leather strap with embossed diamond-like carbon (DLC) clasp
  • Deluxe presentation case in ash wood together with owner's handbook
  • Unique engraved serial number, 001 - 100, may be reserved by contacting Scott.callaway@christopherward.co.uk