Points of Mention
This watch is sold with its original Christopher Ward Box & Paperwork. The watch comes paired on its original Christopher Ward signed leather strap with a signed buckle. The watch is from February 2017 and is in fantastic condition as you can see from the photos, likely worn only a handful of times altogether. The watch comes with our 12-Months Warranty.
Founded in 2005 by Mike France, Peter Ellis, and Christopher Ward they started the world's first online-only watch brand. Launched from a converted chicken shed on a farm in Berkshire. Soon after the launch of the brand Dave Malone was a Tasmanian lecturer and watches expert. When he saw the press ad for a watch powered by an ETA 2824–2 automatic movement, he decided to buy one. He planned to write a critical review on the world’s largest watch forum, Timezone.com. Fortunately for Christopher Ward, his review was most complimentary. Stating the watch was the “best value mechanical watch in the world”. Sales immediately spiked and Christopher Ward became firmly established. After receiving such high praise in the industry and from collectors in 2008 they began work with assistance from a Swiss watchmaking company: Synergies Horlogères. Based in Biel, Switzerland. SH was owned and led by Jörg Bader who had the same vision Christopher Ward had on designing a new movement. After many years of design and development, July 2nd, 2014 saw the announcement to an astounding watch industry of their own in-house movement, Calibre SH21, the first commercially viable mechanical movement from a British watch brand in over 50 years.
Here we have a Christopher Ward C8 Flyer Mk.1 - C8-38-A-SKTN-B with its marine-grade stainless steel case. The lugs taper with a lug to lug length of 46mm for a comfortable fit on your wrist. On the right side is an onion signed crown in keeping with its vintage aesthetic. Its deep knurling makes gripping for adjusting a breeze. The sloping bezel is also sandblasted. A flat sapphire crystal AR coated protects the black matte dial. An outer minute track with an inverted red triangle at 12 o’clock. Applied Arabic numerals 12, 3, 6, and 9 with the other numerals painted indexes mark the hours, coated in Superluminova BGW9. At 3 o’clock a framed date window. Both the hour spade hand and slender minute hand have Superluminova BGW9 infill. A red sweeping seconds hand adds some colour to the dial. On the reverse, a screw-down case back with the blades from the Farnborough wind tunnel (used in aerodynamic research, 5 wind tunnels are housed in 3 listed buildings on the site) embossed in the centre. Inside a Sellita SW200-1, 26 jewels, 28,800 beats per hour. Fitted on its original 22mm leather strap with a signed buckle. The watch comes with its Christopher Ward presentation box and papers.