German quality workmanship: Wempe Zeitmeister watches
Under the Wempe Glashütte i/SA
brand, Germany's largest jewellers and concessionaire Wempe proves that they are also highly capable of producing top-quality wristwatches of their own. With the establishment of the new manufactory in Glashütte
, Kim-Eva Wempe
is fulfilling her grandfather's long-awaited family dream and leading the company into the future. Watch enthusiasts can expect high-precision timepieces from the Wempe Zeitmeister collection
, which can be easily combined with different looks and styles due to their simple elegance.
The Wempe Zeitmeister Collection puts function before form
The Wempe Zeitmeister
also proves that watches from Germany
are more than a match for their Swiss competitors. With the perfectly crafted stainless steel cases and the classically elegant design, which includes both round and tonneau-shaped models, Zeitmeister watches are suitable for all occasions. The dials prioritise readability and functionality but are at the same time of uncomplicated and perfectly formed beauty. In contrast to the Chronometerwerke collection, Wempe mainly uses ETA movements
for the Zeitmeister series
, which are finished in-house at the manufactory in Glashütte.
Wempe Zeitmeister models and prices
- With the Zeitmeister (Ref. WM340001) you will receive an uncluttered, simple stainless steel watch with world time display and calibre ETA 2893-2 for a bargain price of €1,350.
- The Zeitmeister (Ref. WM550001) houses the chronometer-certified ETA A07.211 calibre and is finished with an easy-to-read dial in a 45 mm wide stainless steel case. The model has a recommended retail price of €2,500, but you can purchase a certified pre-owned model at Watchmaster for €1,940.
- The Ref. WM540001 is a slightly smaller model with a 42 mm stainless steel case, the ETA Valjoux 7750 and a classic Tri-Compax arrangement. In addition, the black hands and indices here provide a classy contrast. This second-hand Zeitmeister model is available from €1,550.
- The Wempe Zeitmeister (Ref. WM140001) men’s watch delivers the perfect understated style for just €1,150. Featuring a 37 mm stainless steel case, black leather strap and an uncluttered dial with silver hands and line indices, this is a versatile, classy timepiece. Additionally, the ETA 2892-A2 used inside was updated to chronometer standard and it includes a small date display at 6 o'clock.
The beginning of a new era: the Wempe Zeitmeister
With its release in 2006, the Wempe Zeitmeister
was one of Kim-Eva Wempe's first projects. She has managed the company since 2003 and established a manufactory in Glashütte
, which was the long-standing dream of her grandfather Herbert Wempe, who ran the company from 1921 to 1951. The Glashütte Observatory
was chosen as the watchmaking manufactory and is now the production site for the two-watch series
that are crafted under the Wempe Glashütte i/SA brand name.
Wempe Glashütte Chronometers put to the test
The Zeitmeister isn’t just assembled and tested at this site, but it also undergoes a chronometer test
to verify the accuracy of the watches. The manufactory in Glashütte is Germany's only test centre for wristwatch chronometers using ISO standards
. The notable difference between the German chronometer test and COSC certification is that instead of testing outside the case like COSC certification, the movement already fitted inside is tested
. With this precision in mind, the collection has grown accordingly in recent years. In addition to the classic version, pilot’s and diver's watches, quartz models and diamond-embellished dress watches have been added, skilfully displaying Wempe's diversity.
Limited editions and Zeitmeister partners
Wempe also used other materials such as ceramics in limited editions
and released a manually-wound wristwatch with annual calendar and moon phase to mark the brand's 10th anniversary
. The brand pulled off a major coup when Herbert Grönemeyer
came on board to design the Zeitmeister Stahl 1
, which was launched in 2018 and the two versions were limited to just 250 pieces each. The rectangular Ref. WM690010
has a powerful green dial in the style of his first dark green Jaguar Mark II classic car, while Ref. WM690011
has a bold steel blue dial.
Wempe's second series: chronometer movements
As Wempe is still a relatively young, independent brand, the company focuses much more on quality than quantity. With the Wempe Chronometerwerke series
, the Hamburg-born watchmaker doesn’t just celebrate its own quality control and certification, but also proudly presents its high-quality yellow gold cases and the specially developed CW4
(automatic) and CW3
(hand-wound) calibres. Depending on the model, these watches are also equipped with small seconds counters and a power reserve.
Different styles are available within the various sub-collections of the Zeitmeister. These include the Zeitmeister Fliegeruhr
and the Zeitmeister Sport
. These are fundamentally different watches, which could easily exist as standalone series. However, the comprehensive Zeitmeister collection includes diving watches, pilot's watches, GMT watches, chronographs and classic three-hand watches. Wempe relies on well-known designs that are pleasing to the eye and can be combined to great effect.