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.
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.
- 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
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