Founded in 1861 by Erhard Junghans in Schramberg, Germany, Junghans took motivation from American watch companies to mass produce watches such that permitted it to undermine the competition on cost. That way of thinking is still set up today as a significant number of its mechanical pieces, some with various complications, can be had for under EUR 2,000. Their Meister Hand-Winding line gets polish and effortlessness a reasonable bundle, two or three models like the Meister Driver Handaufzug add some vintage pizazz to the dials. I’ve had one of their Meister Hand-Winding dress watches a little while at this point, so how about we take a nearer look.
BACKGROUND – Junghans’ history
It wasn’t until 1866 that Junghans began fabricating watches as the company at first delivered components for Black Forest timekeepers. Its eight-point star logo was acquainted in 1890 and stays with this day, following a short stretch with a five-point two or three years sooner. It likewise created the Caliber 10 out of 1890, a dependable workhorse for the company for more than 50 years. Junghans turned into the biggest watch and check processing plant on the planet by 1903 with a creation of more than 3 million watches each year. Due to legitimate need for extra manufacturing plant space in the jam-packed Schramberg valley, a nine-ventured porch working by famous planner Philipp Jakob Manz was constructed and turned into the focal point of the Junghans industrial facility for a long time. The company as of late delivered a couple of restricted expansion Meister Chronoscope Terrassenbau watches to commemorate what is viewed as a compositional masterpiece.
It’s difficult remaining in business for more than 150 years and Junghans changed hands a few times, beginning in 1956 when the Diehl Group took it over. It was right now that Swiss craftsman Max Bill started working together on plan and there are as of now more than 30 watches in the Max Bill line. The company changed hands again in 2000 when EganaGoldpfeil Holdings dominated and the Meister line showed up under its influence in 2006. Following a monetary plunge, the company changed hands indeed in 2008 yet has stayed consistent with its personality and history all through these tempestuous occasions commending its 150th anniversary in 2011. Junghans is among Germany’s most notable brands with an enhanced arrangement of feasible mechanical timepieces.
CASE AND DESIGN
The cleaned treated steel case on this Meister Hand-Winding watch is exceptionally meager at just 7.3mm in tallness and wears greater than its 37.7mm distance across recommends. It seemed like I was wearing a 39mm or even a 40mm watch, which in enormous part is because of the all-dial plan. Comparable measured watches like the 37mm Hand-Wound line from Farer Universal feel a lot more modest. That being said, you’ll have no issue slipping this under a French cuff.
A polarizing choice from Junghans is to prepare large numbers of its watches with Plexiglas precious stones rather than sapphire and the Meister Hand-Winding line is no exemption. The utilization of acrylic gives a vintage fascinate and makes unobtrusive bends to the dial when seen at sharp points, but on the other hand it’s more powerless against scratches. I’m certain numerous potential purchasers would essentially lean toward sapphire precious stones. Junghans’ solidified Plexiglas with SICRALAN covering is more scratch-safe than ordinary acrylic and I can see the two sides of the contention, yet for me, a sapphire precious stone is best on a watch costing over EUR 1,000.
The presentation caseback has a stronger mineral gem that shows the finished manual development. It’s gotten with five screws and the case is water-impervious to 30m. It will endure a stormy day and a sprinkle from the sink, however without a screw-down crown, I’d avoid drawn out swimming and particularly jumping. This is a dress watch completely, leaning toward a custom fitted suit over a jumping suit.
DIAL AND HANDS
The matte dial is light silver with applied metal records at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock. The leftover five-minute markers are printed. A sub-dial for quite a long time is simply over the 6 o’clock file, which was abbreviated to accommodate the expansion. The sub-dial is inward and adds some profundity to the esthetic, and there are printed five-minute markers encompassing the edge. Cleaned silver dauphine hands complement the dressy vibe and there is not a single lume in sight on either the dial or hands.
The Junghans name and logo are printed little at the top, with “Made in Germany” printed at the base. The dial is perfect and rich with no unnecessary components to disrupt the general flow. This is an exemplary dress watch and doesn’t profess to be anything else.
The tie is produced using dull earthy colored pony skin leather with a tempered steel clasp and complements the silver theme well. The carry width is 20mm and other models come with a lighter earthy colored or dark leather tie, or a dark Louisiana croc tie. The lash on the one we had for this audit is soft and comfortable, not needing a break-in period to completely embrace my wrist. It’s cushioned, yet not excessively so for a flimsy dress watch and the sewing matches the leather. For watches around 7mm in tallness or less, I often supplant the provided tie as I incline toward them more slender and additionally more graceful than what’s given. That, luckily, wasn’t the case here.
Beating inside the Junghans Meister is a hand-winding J815.1 development, which depends on the ETA 7001 Peseux type. It’s just 2.5mm in tallness, thanks to a limited extent to the shortfall of a self-winding rotor, considering the case to be just 7.3mm in stature. It’s a common development for slim, moderate watches like the previously mentioned Farer Hand-Wound line and super slender models like the Christopher Ward Malvern 595 and EPOS Originale 3408. It has 17 gems, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz), has sub-dial seconds over 6 o’clock and a 42-hour power save. The exactness of the development is appraised at +/ – 12 seconds out of each day, yet I encountered a normal of just +8 seconds out of every day when compared to a Seiko quartz.
When seen from the display caseback, the scaffolds are enriched with Côtes de Genève and blued screws. As this is a manual development, there isn’t a rotor to meddle with the view and I appreciate that Junghans gave a window to respect it.
Although dress watches once in a while energize me like a special jumper or pilot watch, there are certainly exemptions. I can value a show-stopper like the Breguet Classique Extra-Plate 5157 , yet would sincerely really like to lash on a particular Junghans Meister Chronoscope and afterward purchase a vehicle with the cash I saved. I never felt that I was compromising with the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch from a plan or quality point of view. On the truly uncommon event that I wear a suit or tux, I favor my watch to be perfect, straightforward and to mix away from plain sight without pointing out itself. Being a horology lover, it likewise needs to mark some cases with regards to plan, development and history. The Junghans piece truly fits that bill with its straightforward tastefulness and supports the way that a fine mechanical dress watch doesn’t need to require a second mortgage.
The Meister Hand-Winding line begins at EUR 1,170 (USD 1,295) and finishes out at EUR 1,370 (USD 1,495). I wouldn’t call those costs modest, however they’re reasonable and moderate for what’s being offered. What’s more, coming from a company with more than 150 years of German history, you can invest heavily in proprietorship. You can buy a Meister Hand-Winding piece from Junghans’ site (and here for US clients) or at a taking part retailer. Junghans offers a two-year guarantee on its mechanical watches.