Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition

Limited Edition of 50 Pieces

Manufacture movement with hand guilloche and engraving
• Watch diameter (mm): 39.0
• Watch height (mm): 11.5
• Lug width (mm): 20
• Lug to lug (mm): 44
• Case back: Sapphire
• Case finish: Polished / Brushed
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Dial color: Dark Green
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Warranty service: Jochen Benzinger

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Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition
Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition

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Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition
Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition
Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition
Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition
Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition
Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition
Product Details

New Dial Color - The GAP 1 Dark Green

A New Watch With a New Manufacture Calibre

To create this new watch, Jochen Benzinger teamed up with Habring Uhrentechnik in Austria to design a new manufacture calibre.

Introducing the Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition, which stands for German Austrian Partnership (GAP).  With this watch, you'll get the best of German and Austrian watchmaking, all in a hand made watch with exceptional finishing.

Take a few minutes to learn more about this new watch and if you'd like to make a reservation, simply follow the link at the bottom of the page.

This is a very special watch.  So much so that the case back is engraved with "UNIKATE" which means "unique" in German. Jochen Benzinger will produce only 50 pieces in total for the new GAP 1 Collection, which features eight dial choices.

Jochen Benzinger has long been renowned for his engraving, guilloche dials, and skeletonized movements.  He set out to create something even more exceptional by developing a manufacture movement together with Habring². 

Habring² is a small but highly regarded manufacturer of mechanical wristwatches and movements, often featuring unique complications.  The brand was launched in 2004 by Richard and Maria Habring with the goal of becoming Austria's first modern mechanical watch brand.   

Over the years, Habring² has earned a sterling reputation not only for their watches, but also for fostering partnerships with other brands embracing their philosophy of high quality and small production.

The team of Jochen Benzinger and Habring² combines two of the most respected names in independent watchmaking.

The Dial

The positioning of the hour and minute hands is shifted slightly toward the 12, in much the same way as are watches featuring subscription complications.

And speaking of the dial, Jochen has created a work of art with a dark green finish.

Starting with sterling silver, he uses antique rose engines to engrave interesting guilloche patterns, all by hand.  The dial also features rose gold hands along with Arabic hour numerals.

The unusual positioning of the small seconds sub dial at 8 and the date display at 4 is a new design for the Benzinger collection, and was made possible by creating an all new manufacture calibre.

The Movement

The Jochen Benzinger GAP 1 Dark Green Limited Edition features a manually wound manufacture movement with a power reserve of 48 hours.

At 28,800 vph, this movement also features tangential screw fine regulation for improved accuracy and a KIF shock absorber, which offers additional protection against external forces.  A Carl Haas German balance spring is designed for chronometer level timekeeping.

The movement is masterfully guillochéd and skeletonized by hand, and is easily recognizable by those familiar with Jochen Benzinger's work.

Rose gold and rhodium plated movement parts stand out against the black rhodium plated base plate along with flame blued screws and wheels.  

The Case

In addition to the new movement powering this watch, the watch case is brand new as well.  Jochen Benzinger worked with a German case manufacturer in his hometown of Pforzheim to create this new 39 mm stainless steel case with elaborate engraving on the case back.

Another special feature of this watch is the positioning of the crown.  The crown is located at 2 while the traditional position at 3 is occupied by the date quickset pusher. 

The case back features a sapphire crystal surrounded by relief engravings, and although this watch is limited to just 50 pieces, Jochen has chosen not to use individual numbering.

This watch ships on a black calf leather strap with a steel engraved Benzinger buckle.  This strap is attached to the case using steel lug screws.

Water resistance is amazing for a watch of this design - 100 meters.

How Can I Purchase This Watch?

This watch is available by special order as it is hand made and limited to just 50 pieces (total for all eight GAP 1 dials).

If you would like to own this watch, please follow the link below to learn about the reservations process.  Watches will be delivered in the exact order in which we receive your reservation.

To make a reservation and to learn more about delivery estimates please click here.

Watch specifications are provided by the respective watch manufacturer and/or other sources. Although we use best efforts to provide accurate information, we reserve the right to make corrections when advised of specification changes and/or content errors.

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 Jochen Benzinger watches.

Rose Engine

The Graver

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

Jochen 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 Jochen Benzinger use this tool to create the skeletonizing of the bridges.

Watch Skeletonizating