Jaeger & Benzinger Limited Edition Rare Movement

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Limited Edition 40 Pieces

Hand made watch with rare movement
• Case diameter (mm): 38.0
• Case thickness (mm): 9.5
• Case lug width (mm): 20
• Case back: Transparent
• Case finish: Mixed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Sterling Silver
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Warranty service: RGM or Benzinger

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Jaeger & Benzinger Edition 3 Vintage Movement Limited Edition
Jaeger & Benzinger Limited Edition Rare Movement

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Jaeger & Benzinger Edition 3 Vintage Movement Limited Edition
Jaeger & Benzinger Limited Edition Rare Movement
Jaeger & Benzinger Edition 3 Vintage Movement Limited Edition
Jaeger & Benzinger Limited Edition Rare Movement
Product Details

This watch is from the team of Jochen Benzinger and Kay Jaeger, two of the most well known purveyors of "hand made" products in Germany.

Based in the small village of Baden-Baden, Germany in the Black Forest, Jaeger & Benzinger are preserving the lost art of making watches largely by hand, rather than relying on automated computer controlled CNC machines.

Using the traditional German watchmaking techniques of hand guilloche, hand engraving and hand skeletonization each Jaeger & Benzinger watch is essentially a unique piece since these techniques will never produce an exact copy.

The Movement

To create this watch, Jaeger & Benzinger actually incorporates something from the past.

Jochen and Kay were able to acquire 40 original FHF 96 movements which they have modified and transformed into something very special.

This manually wound calibre features a power reserve of 48 hours, and is only 4.6 mm in height.  This movement features a balance cock completely engraved by hand.

Next, Jochen Benzinger uses his antique hand operated rose engines to engrave the plates and bridges, with a finish in white rhodium and rose gold.

A Brief History of FHF Movements

The Fabrique d'Horlogerie de Fontainemelon (FHF) was founded in 1793 under the name Benguerel & Humbert and is the oldest ebauche movement manufacturer in the world.

In 1816, FHF started industrial production of watch movements, and at one point used hydraulic energy from the River Suze together with steam power to create more than 240,000 ebauches annually.

Through a series of mergers and factory modernization, the company was prosperous until the quartz crisis nearly destroyed all mechanical watch production in Switzerland and Germany.

This crisis caused the company to effectively dissolve into ETA in 1985, but the movement used in this watch is an original FHF Calibre 96 last produced in the 1970's.

The Dial

Like all Jaeger & Benzinger watches the very thing you are likely to notice first is the dial.  Also, as in all Jaeger & Benzinger watches, the dial is not machine made or printed. 

Instead, the dial is entirely hand-crafted in-house out of sterling silver.  The dial is then hand guilloched and engraved on antique and historic rose engines - old world craftsmanship skills that make Jochen Benzinger among the elite in his profession.

The hands are flame blued and provide a striking contrast to the engraved silver dial with Roman numerals.

Other Features

This watch is fitted in a stainless steel case made in Pforzheim, Germany and sports a hand-crafted leather strap featuring a quick-change spring bar system.  Please note that the strap differs from the one shown in the picture above - the actual strap is made from black calf leather with an alligator grain pattern.

Other Watch Considerations

The Rose Engine

The rose engine is a type of geometric lathe, many of which date back more than 100 years.

Operated entirely by hand, each cut must be precisely made or the entire watch component is ruined and must be started again.

There are very few craftsmen in the world who are trained as experts in the operations of rose engines, engine turning and hand guilloche, and these techniques are employed in all Jaeger & Benzinger watches on both the three-quarter plate and the sub-dial.

Rose Engine

The Graver

This hand tool is the same as employed by the 16th century German painter and engraver Albrecht Durer.

Jaeger & Benzinger uses these graver tools to cut and decorate movement parts.

Watch Graver

Skeleton Saw

A skeleton saw (or "fine fretsaw") is usually associated with work done by master goldsmiths, but Jaeger & Benzinger use this tool to create the skeletonizing of the bridges.

Watch Skeletonizating

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Jaeger & Benzinger Limited Edition Rare Movement

"Jaeger & Benzinger Limited Edition Rare Movement"

Verified Owner Comments: I love everything about this watch. I am a fan of modestly-sized watches, and the 38mm case diameter (and 20mm lug width) is perfect. The silver guilloché dial, roman numerals, and blued Breguet hands is an attractive combination, which appears to change under different lighting conditions.

The exhibition caseback displays the beautifully decorated movement. The watch strap is of very high quality. In the short time that I have owned this watch, I have received several compliments and look forward to enjoying my timepiece for many years to come.