Introducing – Christopher Ward C9 Me 109 SPC Limited Edition


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Coming from the workshops of the British watchmaker Christopher Ward is a cool new pilot chronograph – the C9 Me 109 SPC Limited Edition. Issued as a limited edition of 100 pieces, this is only the second Christopher Ward watch to feature the ingenious Calibre JJ02 – a hand wound movement featuring single pusher chronograph function, the most advanced complication the British watchmaker has to offer. The timepiece itself takes inspiration from a vintage Junghans clock taken from the cockpit of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 – a German fighter plane introduced during the Spanish Civil War of 1937 and flown until 1945.

Wait, what? A British pilot’s watch inspired by an instrument from a German aircraft? Yes, it does sound strange at first, but there is actually an interesting backstory to this :) . The idea for this timepiece was born during a meeting between Christopher Ward’s co-founder Mike France and Philip Whiteman, the editor of the Pilot Magazine (Britain’s best selling general aviation magazine). The two were at the end of a business lunch at White Waltham, an airfield near the watchmaker’s Maidenhead headquarters, when Philip retrieved a vintage Junghans clock from his bag. The clock was not in great condition and needed a repair.

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The design of the dial is inspired by a vintage Junghans clock taken from the cockpit of a WWII German fighter plane

 

However, what caught Mike’s attention the most was the movement inside – the Unitas 6497. The Calibre JJ02 is actually a modification of this vintage movement. The brand’s master watchmaker Johannes Jahnke and artisan Jean Fillon deconstructed the Unitas and redesigned its chronograph function with a new main plate, winding mechanism, and centre and second wheels. This modification allows the small seconds counter and 30-minute chronograph counter to be operated via a single pusher in the crown. Assembled by hand at the brand’s atelier in Biel, Switzerland, the Calibre JJ02 first appeared inside the C9 Single Pusher Chronograph in 2012. For the new C9 Me 109 SPC Limited Edition, the movement has received some cosmetic changes and now features black PVD coating and chamfered edges on its balance bridge, chronograph bridge and chronograph module.

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Some of the movement’s components received black PVD coating and chamfered edges

 

The new Christopher Ward C9 Me 109 SPC Limited Edition (ref. C09-43HSP2-SD0K0-OC) has a 43mm sandblasted DLC stainless steel case. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and features a large fluted crown and transparent sapphire caseback. Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a highly legible black dial with vintage-looking beige markers, numerals and hands. The minute ring, hour markers, and hands are all filled with light Old Radium Super-LumiNova. The dial features a familiar bi-compax layout with the small seconds at 9 and 30-minute chronograph counter at 3 o’clock. Inside the watch, the hand-wound Calibre JJ02 ticks at a frequency of 18,000 vibrations per hour and enables a power reserve of approximately 40 hours. The C9 Me 109 SPC Limited Edition comes on a stylish vintage oak leather strap with embossed black DLC clasp.

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All functions can be operated via a single pusher in the crown

 

The latest Christopher Ward timepiece can now be pre-ordered for mid December. Priced at $3,370, the C9 Me 109 SPC Limited Edition is presented in a special deluxe case in ash wood.

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The watch comes in a special ash wood presentation case together with owner’s handbook

 

 

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