The Junghans Meister (Master in German) line dates back to the 1930s when it was originally developed to demonstrate the brand's 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 Junghans' dedication to clean, restrained design and high-quality finishing.
In 1955 Junghans was contracted to make military chronographs for the newly established Bundeswehr. A unique design based on an in-house column wheel chronograph, the J88, the resulting watch is now extremely rare and collectible. With the Meister Pilot Chronograph, Junghans reinterpreted that original design for modern day, while maintaining enough of the original’s key features to keep its unique identity. The big domed dial is visible under a sapphire glass, which sits within an upscaled 43.3mm case. But perhaps more visually significant is the distinctly shaped bezel, which speaks directly to the 1955 model.
Inside of the Meister Pilot Chronograph is the J880.4 Caliber. This Swiss-made movement is based on the ETA 2892 with a Dubois Depraz 2030 chronograph module, which features 45-jewels, hand-winding, 38hr power reserve, a frequency of 28,800bph and hacking (the second hand stops when the crown is pulled out).
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.