From 1950 onwards Junghans also produced wristwatch movements in chronometer quality; by 1956 the company was already the third-largest producer of chronometers in the world. Coming in the spring of 2016, Junghans is ready to introduce the new Meister Pilot watch. Take all of these details — combined with it being relatively inexpensive for the value it represents, and its interesting historical link to one of the first watches of a then-newly formed, democratically organized West German military — and you have yourself an excellent conversation piece. The most sophisticated of these were fitted to the Meister watches.
When it has retained its fascination and form over the course of decades. Numerous calibres were developed in Schramberg during this time. One look at the Meister Pilot Event Edition puts that fear to rest. The watch comes on either a black or brown riveted leather strap, but wrist size allowing is perhaps the ideal candidate for a Bund strap. While obviously hindering split-second accuracy in timing, this arrangement is ideal for the kind of instant low light readouts necessary in the cockpit of an aircraft. The all steel bezel features deep scalloped-grooves for grip, giving the top surface a dramatic star-like shape.
The sub dials of the chronograph are at 3 and 9. Since first learning about horology, he has garnered extensive knowledge in the field, and spends much of his time sharing his opinions among other writers, collectors, and dealers. Zach views watches as the perfect synergy of 2D and 3D design: the place where form, function, fashion and mechanical wonderment come together. The Meister legend lives on in our new models. Rather than white, Junghans printed these numerals in a metallic silver color.
The lugs also feature a bevel on their outer edge, building on the complexity of the geometry. They sit on top of long pistons that protrude from the midcase, just behind the lugs. As compared to the original piece, the modern Meister Pilot takes many of the vintage details and works to further bolden and sharpen them. On the wrist, the Meister Pilot wears big and bold. The numbers are thick and wide, but rather than having harsh angles, are soft.
The 60-second chronograph scale is painted on the dial around the rim of the dial. Because of the case shape, the crown tapers before meeting an extension that comes out of the midcase, which has a cool, architectural look. The watch is available in two versions, vintage and classic the former featured in this review , which indicates the lume and strap color. Rather than the more usual coin edge or toothed design, the bidirectional stainless steel bezel features 12 rounded cutouts for easy operation even for wearers with heavy flying gloves. The original piece was developed in 1955 for the newly-established West German military the Bundeswehr , serving pilots of the time with its unique dodecagonal bezel, which was designed for easier gripping and rotating. The modern Junghans Meister Pilot is based on one of these watches, the Junghans J88 Bundeswher Fliegeruhr see above, photo courtesy of FratelloWatches.
The height of the case is 14. I enjoyed wearing the watch and really looking forward to see what Junghans has to offer for us next year. This is a subtle change, but makes the hand unique looking. The pushers are ovals, providing a nice surface to push. Specifically, the watches draw on the two-tone tachometers from these vehicles during the early to mid-twentieth century.
Case The case of the Meister Pilot is simply a work of machined art. That being said, Junghans also produces a wide range of high-quality mechanical wristwatches. Overall, Junghans has done well in re-creating this historical watch within a modern framework. Obviously some of the most influential non-Swiss watchmaking powerhouses in the history of horology.
Designed and issued to the newly-established Bundeswehr, the watch featured a unique bezel, dual-register layout and Junghans in-house column wheel movement, the J88. The case is brushed stainless steel. Besides this, the Meister Pilot is plainly interesting to look at: its dodecagonal bezel is an attractive quirk, its dial is clean and has a nice curve, and its case is noticeably well constructed and sturdy, as any good military-inspired piece should be. Now, the Meister line celebrates the history of the brand through vintage-inspired designs ranging from simple dress watches to calendar complications and chronographs. The buckle is made of the same brushed steel as the case and bears the Junghans logo.
They chose such color for the lume only to imitate the yellowed tritium on vintage models giving a more historical look to the Junghans Meister Pilot. Dinner After the long but interesting tours we headed back to our hotel, this time with a shuttle bus, for a few hours of relaxation before the main event. The last thing worth mentioning is the finishing. I accepted the invitation and on a sunny Friday afternoon drove 2 hours to Schramberg for an amazing weekend with some cool people from Ohio to London, Hong Kong to Italy.