On November 7th 2016, British luxury watch brand Christopher Ward will be launching a silent auction which will provide the public with the chance to bid on the ‘000’ prototype sample of the C8 P7350 Chronometer Limited Edition.
The auction is launching to honour Remembrance Day with all proceeds from the auction being donated to two of the UK’s largest military charities The Royal British Legion and SSAFA.
The C8 P7350 Chronometer Limited Edition was created in partnership with TMB Art Metal who worked closely with Christopher Ward to source original Duralumin from the only remaining airworthy Spitfire to have flown in the battle of Britain – P7350. This historic metal was then embedded into each watch within the 75 piece limited run. The ‘000’ prototype sample being auctioned this November, is the only watch of its kind.
The design of the 44mm watch is based on the Smiths Mk IIa clock that was used in the Supermarine Spitfire’s cockpit, including a careful matching of the original index fonts and colours and the black, anti-reflective case.
The reverse of the watch reveals a laser-cut piece of metal from P7350’s cockpit protected by highly scratch-resistant, museum grade sapphire crystal. A silhouette of the plane’s plan has been precision cut into the metal showing the registration and elliptical wing formation to great effect.
Powering the C8 P7350 Chronometer is a small-second, hand-wound version of Christopher Ward’s in-house movement, Calibre SH21. As well as providing 120 hours of power via SH21’s twin barrels, each movement is a COSC certified chronometer.
The auction will go live on November 7th. The public will be able to place their bids via https://www.christopherward.co.uk/p7350-silent-auction from 11am until 10pm on the day. The minimum bid will be set at £3,450. All bids should be submitted in GBP. The winning bid will be verified by the Christopher Ward team on 8th November and then announced to the public.
Model: ‘000’ C8 P7350
27 jewel in-house hand-wound mechanical chronometer
Historic metal from Supermarine Spitfire P7350 embedded into backplate
In-house hand-wound Calibre SH21 movement
Twin barrel construction in series connection
Vibrations: 28,000 per hour
120 hr power reserve
Small seconds sub-dial
Hand finished marine grade stainless steel case with PVD black coating
Diamond shaped aviator crown
Museum-grade anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Water Resistance: 5 BAR/50 metres
Smiths IIa cockpit clock inspired dial and hands
Two colour SuperLumiNovaTM indexes with blue and green emissions
Premium quality leather strap with CW motif buckle
Deluxe box and owner’s handbook and certificate of authentication