Published on June 25th, 2016 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Junghans Meister Pilot
Following the successful launch of the Meister Pilot Event Edition in the scope of an event at the headquarters of Junghans, the series model of the Meister Pilot is now also available.
The distinctive design elements of the legendary Junghans pilot watch from the 1950s are also to be found in the series model of the Meister Pilot. The timepiece combines these with the smooth and stylish design of the current Meister collection. The elegant and discreet design of the case and the flowing shape of the lugs focus the attention of the pilot on the large time display. The domed sapphire crystal provides an ideal view of the clear luminescent numerals and distinctive hands. The watch enables good legibility, even in poor lighting conditions and at night. On the dial there is a bicompax display, the two totalisers of which are laid out on the 3-9 axis.
The high demands placed on timekeeping by aviation were first addressed by Junghans in the 1930s, when the company produced on-board clocks for air traffic use. These were manufactured in level 7 of the now heritage-listed terrace building, the structure offered optimal lighting conditions for the delicate task of watchmaking. The classic instrument appearance of the cockpit was also reflected in the legendary Bundeswehr chronograph of 1955.
The design of the Meister Pilot harks back to this: on the bi-directional rotating bezel the 12 distinctive, concave notches ensure a good grip as well as the unmistakable appearance of the timepiece. The screwed case back features a distinctive element: a specially-designed compass rose, which incorporates the symbolism of classic aviation in the form of an artificial horizon. The riveted leather strap ensures a secure fit on the wrist. The particular construction of the front assembly lends the timepiece an unusual elegance for a pilot watch.
J880.4 self-winding movement with small second at 3 o’clock
With bicompax display (totalisers at 3 and 9 o’clock)
Modular Dubois Depraz 2030 with ETA 2824 or Selitta SW200 basic calibre
Chronoscope: Central stop second, 30-minute counter at 9 o’clock
Finishing: Rhodium plating, stripe finishing on rotor, decor on bridge
Stainless steel Ø 43.3 mm with bi-directional rotating bezel
Distinctive feature of the bezel are the 12 concave notches, which were also present in the original
Height 14.4 mm, domed sapphire crystal with double-sided anti-reflection coating, seven-times screwed back with compass rose decor
Water resistance: Up to 10 bar
Dial markings and hands with environmentally-friendly
Super Luminova luminous substance
Riveted leather strap with stainless steel buckle