Background Behind Junghans
Since 1861, the German company Junghans, which was formerly known as “Junghans and Tobler,” has specialized in the production of watches and clocks.
They began manufacturing wristwatches as early as 1927, and by 1903, they had been recognized as the world’s most successful clockmaker, with annual sales of three million timepieces.
Even if they didn’t produce smartwatches, the technology of the time allowed them to make significant advancements in other areas.
The Junghans catalog is rather modest and limited compared to the enormous brands currently available. Let’s take a look at some of the most well-known ones, shall we? This article that you are about to read is a fantastic history lesson on a traditional watchmaker that has remained true to its roots.
In the 1930s, a mechanical version of the Meister watch was introduced. They reached their zenith between the years 1950 and 1960. During this time period, they manufactured timepieces, and they very rapidly became recognized as the most prolific manufacturer in the world.
There is a wide selection of models available to choose from within the Meister lineup. The Classic, which sells for $1,695 (or £1,380.00), is the most popular model. This watch has a diameter of 38 millimeters and is available in stainless steel and four various colors. It was first made available in the 1930s alongside the original timepieces.
The Mega comes in at $1,039 or £990 and is the next step up in the lineup. The range has been developed into this more advanced form. This obtained information is dependent on radio mobility, which contributes to its remarkable accuracy. When there is no radio reception, you may use the app on the Mega to sync the time on your iPhone or Android smartphone. This allows you to keep accurate time even when there is no signal.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the Bauhaus design collective, Max Bill Auto 100 Jahre Bauhaus was released. As a representation of the Bauhaus Dessau building, the strap has a concrete gray color, while the dial is silver. Simplistic but gorgeous.
At the 3 o’clock position, there is a date window that is a vibrant red. It includes markers in red to indicate the minutes and the hours. On the reverse side of the watch, a window opens up to reveal the internal workings of the timepiece.
You can still buy a Bill as recently as today. The overall layout has not been altered in any way. There are still watches available for purchase that have a straightforward dial, rounded numerals, and a glass dome atop the face of the watch.
Because they are available in a variety of sizes, you can obtain a Bill that is appropriate for either men or women. In any case, you will end up with neat lines and legible digits.
$2,560 / £2,140
Back in the bustling 1930s (busy for Junghans, at least), Junghans produced clocks used on airships and planes. These clocks could be seen all over the world. Twenty years later, when the Bundeswehr Chronograph was finally introduced, the time had come. The Master Pilot was a timepiece that had been developed especially for pilots. The dodecagonal bezel is by far the unique aspect of this watch. This feature has been a standard offering since the very first Master Pilot was put up for sale.
They manage to look both sophisticated and tough at the same time. They were motivated by the aesthetic of the past. You shouldn’t be surprised to see that the hands and numbers on it glow in the dark because it was intended to be used by a pilot.
Compared to the version from the 1950s, the one from today doesn’t differ all that much from the one back then. Junghans remained steadfast in their commitment to the design. On the other hand, the modern one has a case that is 43.4 millimeters in diameter and a leather strap that is available in either brown or black colors.
Radio Control and Solar
The year 1985 marks when Junghan launches the production of their first radio-controlled table clock. They made the ridiculous assertion that this clock was accurate to a second over the course of one million years. I have no idea if they are currently conducting research on this allegation.
Let’s fast forward to the nineties. A period in which innovation played an essential role in everything. Junghans further developed the same technology and incorporated it into a wristwatch. The Mega 1 was the first in line, and then shortly after that, the Mega Solar was made available to the public. It’s possible that you guessed correctly that the latter was only fueled by the sun.
Amusingly, an authentic Mega one may be purchased through online auction sites for less than one hundred dollars. The most recent iteration of the Mega Solar retails for no less than $1,500 (about £1,285) and is available in either titanium or ceramic construction with a sapphire crystal front.
Following the launch of these two watches, Junghans has gone on to develop some truly remarkable new features and functions. To be more specific, an expanded solar and radio control collection. The Chronoscope Solar is one model that falls within this category (1972).
This was a genuinely unique watch, and it was chosen to serve as the official timepiece for the Olympic Games that were hosted in Germany.
After some time had passed, they produced the Milano by finalizing the development of the Mega. A watch that is operated via radio and is very accurate. The Milano comes in at a reasonable $750 (or £580 in the UK), making it a more wallet-friendly option when compared to the most recent iterations of its predecessors.
As we approach our last destination, we will have a look at the Form collection. It features a characteristic convex curve that gives the impression that the watch is narrower than it actually is. One of the things that set this series apart from competitors is its comfortable and ergonomic design, which fits the user just right.
The Form collection features understated elegance and uncomplicated design. This is the pinnacle of effective minimalism design.
Form A is the item that is purchased the most frequently from this assortment. It comes as a pleasant surprise that this watch has not only been praised well by reviewers but also has a price that is significantly lower than one thousand dollars.
Another homage to the Bauhaus can be found in the Form A100 Jahre Bauhaus collection, which features an adorable design with vivid rainbow-colored marks. Only a thousand of these clocks were produced, but they can be yours for the unexpectedly low price of one thousand dollars.