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The German brand Junghans looks back on over 150 years of tradition. During this time, the Schramberg-based spirit of innovation has been proven, both technically and aesthetically. The brand combines classic restraint with future-oriented technologies.  More

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The current collections from the German brand Junghans

  • Junghans Meister Pilot - The collection is based on the watches that Junghans produced since the 1930s. In 1955, the company presented the legendary Bundeswehr chronograph, specifically based on the Meister Pilot and made for the army of Germany. With distinctive luminescent numerals and hands, the models offer a good readability, the ergonomic bezel ensures an optimum in grip.

  • Junghans Meister - When technology and design are combined to create a strong character, and the fascination and form remain the same for decades, Junghans will award the title of Meister. Watches in the collection are inspired by the prime of the 50s and 60s and pay homage to the technical achievements of those years.

  • Junghans Meister Mega - A little more precise, a little more stylish. This is how Junghans describes the Meister Mega collection. Traditional watch design with modern accents, simple elegance paired with innovative technology. The Meister Mega contains a newly developed, high-precision Funkwerk movement that is linked to the time standard of the most accurate watches in the world.

  • Junghans Meister Driver - Arthur Junghans and his sons shared a fascination for cars as well as a passion for watches. One thing led to another, and over the course of time numerous car watches and groundbreaking patents were created. The Meister Driver models continue the tradition of automotive instrument panels and revive their historical models.

  • Junghans Max Bill - The series of mechanical wristwatches that the Swiss architect Max Bill designed for Junghans in 1961 is still being produced today in almost unchanged form. A purist dial, clear and rounded numerals and the curved glass communicate the charm of the 1960s. Thanks to the discreet design, the eye is not distracted from the essential, namely the time display. The balance between utility and beauty could hardly be more balanced.

  • Junghans Max Bill Mega - Having made precision indispensable for Max Bill at the time, it is only logical that the series he designed is also available with incorruptible radio technology. Only the back of the watch has been modified, as the world map and reception indicator can now be seen here. Otherwise, the models in the collection are pure and purist - as they were in 1961.

  • Junghans Form - With this collection, Junghans has created the ideal watch shape. A modern, simple design meets the trendsetting convex case shape, which makes the models appear even slimmer. This is also the reason for the extremely high wearing comfort. At the same time, the concave dial creates a certain three-dimensionality, so that when viewed from the front, the watch appears much deeper than it actually is.

  • Junghans Funk & Solar - The quest for the most accurate watch in the world led the company to radio technology as early as 1985. With a deviation of approximately one second in one million years, there was potential to be exploited. Miniaturisation followed until the technology found its place in a wristwatch. With its solar watches, Junghans achieved another world sensation, because solar energy made winding the watches superfluous. Instead, more space was created for radio technology and it was developed further and further.

Top reasons to buy a Junghans watch

  • The design of Junghans watches is classic, understated or even innovative
  • Prices for pre-owned Junghans models range from €500 to €13,000
  • Junghans is a company with 150 years of tradition
  • All Junghans watches are "Made in Germany"
  • Lucrative investment: Junghans watches are stable in value

Most popular Junghans watches and their prices

Meister Chronometer (Ref. 027/4130.00)
Price: Second-hand from €1,130 / New from €1,490
Condition: Very good / Year: 2015 / Included: Box and papers
Special features: 38.5 mm stainless steel case, white dial with bar indices, date window at three o'clock, luminous hands, automatic movement J820.3 with 42 hour power reserve, water-resistant up to three bar pressure, fine stainless steel bracelet with stainless steel folding clasp

Max Bill Chronoscope (Ref. 027/4501.00)
Price: Second-hand from €1,200 / New from €1,695
Condition: Very good / Year: 2017 / Included: Box and papers
Special features: 39 mm stainless steel case, anthracite dial with luminous numerals and subsidiary dials, date window and weekday display at three o'clock, luminous hands, automatic movement J880.2 with 48-hour power reserve, splash-proof, brown calfskin strap with stainless steel pin buckle

Junghans Meister Pilot (Ref. 027/3795.00)
New price: €2,440
Special features: 43.3 mm stainless steel case, dodecagonal bezel, anthracite dial with luminescent numerals, stop function, 30 minute and 12 hour counters, small second, luminous hands, automatic movement J880.4 with 38 hour power reserve, water resistant up to 10 bar pressure, blue cowhide strap with black stainless steel pin buckle

The history of the brand from the Black Forest

On 14 April 1861 Erhard Junghans and his brother-in-law founded a factory for the manufacture of watch components in the Black Forest town of Schramberg. At that time, however, the production of complete timepieces was considered wishful thinking for the young company Zeller & Junghans, as initially only components such as wooden cases, hands, hinges or pendulum discs were manufactured. It was not until 1866, after the retirement of brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler, that Erhard Junghans presented his first own wall clocks.

Only four years later, in 1870, the founder died. His wife ran the company for six years until his sons Arthur and Erhard Junghans Junior took over the business in 1876. They developed the legendary alarm calibre No. 10, which was the cornerstone of the brand's subsequent upswing. It was produced almost unchanged until the 1930s. Through various mergers and takeovers, the company grew very quickly and in 1903 was even considered the world's largest watch factory. With nine production facilities, affiliates in Paris and Venice, around 3,000 employees and approximately 3 million watches produced per year, the company made a name for itself in the industry.

In 1936, the Junghans company presented the first self-designed wristwatch. The model J80/2, powered by calibre J80, is considered the prelude to the Junghans Meister watches. Junghans Meister timepieces feature high-quality workmanship and the highest level of precision and are the work of Anton Ziegler. The watchmaker's creations shaped the appearance of Junghans watches for several decades, because Ziegler knew: "An appealing watch is only created when the proportions of the dial elements match each other".

As more and more precise movements were developed, chronometers also became increasingly important. By 1956 Junghans was already the third largest chronometer manufacturer in the world. One year later, Junghans launched the first automatic chronometer calibre J83, which was a great success for the company. Even today, it remains one of the most beautiful chronometer movements ever produced in Germany and is particularly popular with collectors. In 1961, Junghans presented a series of wristwatches whose design can still be found today in the Max Bill by Junghans series. Max Bill was a Swiss architect and artist; alongside Ziegler, it was his watches that had a decisive influence on the appearance of the Junghans brand. In 1971 the company reoriented itself and surrendered the sceptre to "King Quartz", as the quartz crisis could no longer be denied anyway. It was therefore decided to join forces and produced the first German quartz wristwatch movement. With this movement, but also with radio-controlled and solar watches, Junghans was able to hold its own in the market.

After the millennium, the company got into financial difficulties and was sold to the Egana-Goldpfeil Group. The holding had already invested in various luxury goods manufacturers and was based in Hong Kong. However, with the economic crisis in 2008, the company filed for bankruptcy and took Junghans with it. Shortly before the German brand's final exit, Dr Hans-Jochen Steim and his son Hannes, also from Schramberg, recognised the potential of the traditional manufacturer and took it over without further hesitation. They successfully put the Junghans company back on the right track, so that the 150th anniversary could be celebrated in 2011 - with a limited special edition of the Meister Chronometer. The model was reminiscent of the successful 1950s and also introduced a new trend at Junghans: on the product side, the focus was increasingly on the company's own history and identity as a German brand. In addition to classic, mechanical timepieces, the brand's product range today also includes quartz, radio-controlled and solar watches. Approximately 50,000 wristwatches now leave the company every year, most of them manufactured in Schramberg, Germany.

The philosophy: To live style

True to the motto "To live style", Junghans has made it its mission to combine watchmaking and art in the most beautiful way possible on the wrist. Thanks to the expertise in design and the many years of experience of the designers at Junghans, the brand's watches convey the pleasant feeling of always being well dressed when you wear them. In full awareness, the models are kept discreetly in order to emphasise the personality of the wearer and not to paint over it. Soft tones, yet played with self-confidence - this is how the German company presents itself

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