Urban Jürgensen BIG8 | Ref. 8 | steel

Ref. BIG8

Regular price


The Urban Jürgensen Ref. Big 8 was recently described by Jack Forster, the Editor-in-Chief at Hodinkee, as a "stunning example of old-school watchmaking". He wrote that "one of the most attractive things about [the Reference Big8], in addition to the quiet but definite high quality of every part of the watch, is that this sort of watchmaking has, almost without anyone noticing, become rather rare." We couldn’t agree more.

The Big8 features an oversized 40 mm stainless steel case and the brand’s distinctive teardrop lugs and convex bezel. Forged separately from the case, the classic teardrop lugs are carefully heat-treated, hand-polished and individually soldered into place using mid-century horological methods, with no visible soldering line.

The hand-finished, traditionally engine-turned guilloché dial in Urban Jürgensen silver, requires up to 700 operations and two full days of hand craftsmanship to complete, and is manufactured from one piece of solid silver. This fine guilloche patterning creates a surface ‘shimmering’ effect, owing to a selection of carefully considered grain sizes and highly-complex, weaving patterns. The dial further features a circular brushed chapter ring, with Urban Jürgensen, hand-printed Roman numerals and patterned outer-minute track.

The handmade, solid white gold ‘Observatoire’ Urban Jürgensen hands are turned on a precision lathe, thermally blued (to Urban Jürgensen’s unique navy colour) and mirror-polished, with the arms of the hands carefully riveted in place, creating a unique visual effect reminiscent of early 18th and 19th century marine chronometers made by Urban Jürgensen. The “eye” of the hour hand is a solid gold insert, concentrically diamond polished and friction fit.

The upgraded Caliber FP 1160, from F. Piguet (now Manufacture Blancpain) is expertly-finished and elaborately hand-decorated, featuring a 21k gold Guilloche rotor, signed with the Urban Jurgensen crest. This automatically-wound movement is adjusted to heat, cold, isochronism and 5 positions, with 31 working jewels. The ‘Swiss Lever’ escapement design of the modified F. Piguet 1160 movement allows the balance wheel to be engaged with the mechanism only during the split-second it swings through its centre position, reducing overall friction and enabling far superior timekeeping ability. The FP 1160 movement is elegantly discrete, at 5.20mm x 32mm, with two barrels and a power-reserve of 48 hours. It comes delivered with a stainless steel tang buckle and black alligator strap.

With an engine-turned dial, slim stepped bezel, recessed crown, tear-drop lugs and beautiful Observatory hands - all for less than the price of many much simpler, luxury watches, we believe that the Reference Big8 represents fantastic value-for-money.

A Collected Man is the authorised UK retailer for Urban Jürgensen. Viewings can be arranged by appointment at our offices in Central London. All watches listed for sale are available, in stock and covered by the full manufacturer's warranty. Any watches from Urban Jürgensen can be ordered through us. The price is inclusive of 20% EU-wide VAT.
Brand: Urban Jürgensen
Model: Ref. Big8
Movement: Mechanical Automatic-winding Cal. FP1160
Functions: Hours, Minutes, Sub-seconds, Date
Features: Guilloche Dial, Display Back, Blue Steel Hands
Case: 40 mm Stainless Steel
Crystal: Sapphire Front and Back
Bracelet: Black Alligator Strap with Steel Tang Buckle
Year: New
Box & papers: Full Set - Box and Papers
This brand new, full set Urban Jürgensen is for sale at A Collected Man, the authorized UK retailer for Urban Jürgensen. Viewings can be arranged by appointment in Central London. This Big8 steel silver dial watch is in stock and is covered by the full manufacturer’s warranty.

All of our pre-owned watches have undergone thorough mechanical inspections, including being ultrasonically cleaned, serviced and resealed if appropriate and tested for at least four days, to ensure they meet our highest timekeeping standards. Our pre-owned and vintage watches are covered by a full, or a limited twenty-four month warranty. For example, due to their age, some vintage watches should not be subjected to the same conditions as when they were new. Please see our Terms & Conditions for further information. 

All of our new watches are covered by the warranty from the original manufacturer. Please contact us for further information.

We offer worldwide delivery on all of our watches.

If ordering from the UK or Europe before 1 PM, your watch will be sent the same working day. The courier will depend on the value of the watch, with all watches delivered the next working day.

If ordering from outside Europe, delivery will depend on choice of courier and destination. 

You can cancel your order without giving any reason, within 14 days from the day the watch has been delivered to you.