Jochen Benzinger Subskription III

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Hand guilloched dial with skeletonized movement
• Watch diameter (mm): 42.0
• Watch height (mm): 11.0
• Lug width (mm): 22
• Lug to lug (mm): 51
• Case back: Transparent
• Case metal: Stainless steel
• Front crystal: Sapphire
• Movement: Manual mechanical
• Strap or bracelet: Strap
• Manufacturer's limited warranty: 2 years
• Warranty service: RGM or Benzinger

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Jochen Benzinger Subskription III
Jochen Benzinger Subskription III

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Jochen Benzinger Subskription III
Jochen Benzinger Subskription III
Jochen Benzinger Subskription III
Jochen Benzinger Subskription III
Product Details

"His work belongs in a museum", is a comment we received from a proud owner of Jochen's watches. The client was at a loss for words while trying to describe the hand workmanship and attention to detail, and emphasized that no picture can do justice to what Jochen creates.

Of course, we already knew this ourselves, considering that we are among his biggest fans.

WatchBuys and Jochen Benzinger present the Jochen Benzinger Subskription III, a watch that remains a mutual favorite.

On the front Jochen starts with a dial that is hand guilloched using machines dating back to the early twentieth century (click here to learn more about these machines and the manufacturing process). The process of making just the dial can take days. Next, he adds blued steel hands which are encircled by silver frost.

There is an interesting story about the back of the watch. While visiting Jochen's workshop on a trip to Germany, we noticed a watch that he had made for permanent display at the Pforzheim Watch Museum. This watch featured certain pieces of the movement that had been engraved in a deep blue pattern. The contrast with the silver and gold colors was striking, and after a bit of pleading, Jochen agreed to use this process on the Jochen Benzinger Subskription III.

The German word "Subskription" is taken from the French word "Souscription", and originally referred to a watch for which a down payment had been received. This term later became associated with movements of the finest design that separated the seconds function from the hours and minutes display, most notably where the hands were off center. This modification to the movement has been completely done in house.

To say the watch has engraved parts is understating the work involved. The entire movement must be completely disassembled with each movement part hand engraved and polished, many using elaborate designs. The use of silver and blue colors on various movement parts also adds to the beauty of the final work. This watch like all of Jochen's watches is one watch that you will want to turn over to show what a true artist can accomplish.

The case features a coin edge finish and onion crown. The case itself features a two-tone brushed and polished finish.

This watch is manually winding with a power reserve of 44 hours, and features a large sub seconds hand at 6. Sapphire crystals on both sides. The presentation box is elaborate, and naturally features engraved plates describing and naming the watch.

This watch ships with a black Benzinger calf leather strap and deployant buckle.

How Can I Purchase This Watch?

This watch is available by special order as it is hand made.

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.

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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