The Junghans Meister (Master in German) line dates back to the 1930’s when it was originally developed to demonstrate the brands’ highest technical achievements. Now, the Meister line celebrates the history of the brand through vintage-inspired designs ranging from simple dress watches to calendar complications and chronographs. Throughout the line you will find Junghan’s dedication to clean, restrained design and high-quality finishing.
The Meister Hand-Winding watches are perhaps the purest expression of the line. They are modestly sized, thin, restrained and subtle, but what they lack in adornment they do not lose in personality and style. Sensuous curves throughout the case and dial create timepieces that speak to mid-century designs while looking effortlessly modern. Hints of refinement, like the scalloped sub-dial and applied indexes, lend a formal air to the watch making it a welcome addition to a suit (or dress) while the lack of fussiness make it a great everyday watch as well.
Matching the exterior in sophistication, inside is the hand-wound mechanical J815.1 caliber, based on the ETA/Peseux 7001. This heavily decorated movement features 17-jewels, small seconds, 42-hour power reserve and a beat rate of 21,600 bph. It is also remarkably thin at just 2.5mm, allowing for generally thinner watch design. The J815.1 can be viewed through the amply sized display case-back.
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- Case: Polished Steel
- Dial: Sunray Anthracite
- Movement: J815.1 / ETA 7001
- Winding: Manual/Hand Wind
- Complications: Small Seconds
- Lens: Domed Plexiglass
- Strap: Black Leather
- Water Res.: Splash Resistant
- Diameter: 37.7mm
- Length: 42mm
- Thickness: 7.3mm
- Lug Width: 18mm
Since 1861, the town of Schramberg, Germany, nestled sleepily in the Black Forest, has been home to one of the greatest names in German watchmaking: Junghans. For over a century and a half, the brand has produced a stunning array of watches and clocks for almost every conceivable application, from egg timers to cockpit clocks for Bf-109 fighter aircraft, but today their collection is comprised mostly of a few lines of clean, design-oriented timepieces.
Junghans’ style trends toward sleek minimalism, with a healthy dose of mid-century style to keep things unique and interesting. This shines through especially well in their Meister Pilot series, with a one of a kind scalloped rotating bezel based on the pilot’s chronographs Junghans supplied to the newly reforming German air force, in the 1950s. The real star of the show for Junghans, however, is the Max Bill series, named after the eponymous Bauhaus designer.