This latest example of the already impressive Junghans Meister Chronoscope might just be the collection’s most handsome. Its 40.7mm diameter case size fits perfectly on most wrists while its curved convex crystal, slim markers and clean dial design make for an easy-to-read chronograph that trades sportiness for style.
The retro-styled Meister Chronoscope, which alongside the Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope variation has been a long-time favorite at the iW office, rightly claims the ‘Meister’ designation, which for German-based Junghans is placed on only its high-end lines. Those familiar with the brand may be aware that it debuted its first Meister collections in the 1930s. By 1956 the company was the third-largest producer of chronometers in the world, and in 1957 Junghans debuted its first automatic chronometer (Calibre J83), a movement still in demand among collectors.
This latest Junghans Meister Chronoscope exudes elegance with a rich dark blue color both on its sunray dial and its luxurious alligator leather strap. The blue plays nicely off the PVD-coated gold steel case, while gold-hued hands and four primary indexes underscore the watch’s dressy appeal.
Inside Junghans applies its nicely re-finished J880.1, an automatic chronograph caliber based on the reliable ETA Valjoux 7750. A mineral crystal on the caseback allows a clear view of the rhodium-plated, striped finishing on the caliber.
Junghans notes that the owner can request a sapphire crystal to replace the shaped plexiglass version supplied to protect the dial on this watch. However, given the extra effort Junghans expends to source its plexiglass and its coating, I’m not certain many take the offer. Junghans says for its crystals it uses a Sicralan MRL UV coating method originally developed for suppliers to the automotive industry. The clear coating results in increased scratch resistance, improved resistance to ultraviolet light and chemicals, all while adding an intense, deep gloss to the plexiglass. Price: $2,095.
Specifications: Junghans Meister Chronoscope
Movement: Self-winding J880.1 (ETA Valjoux-based) with rhodium plating, rotor surface with stripe finishing and engraved logo, diamond cut on barrel, wheel train and balance bridge, blued screws a power reserve of up to 48 hours. Displays include date, weekday (also available with English display option), small second stop, 30-minute and 12-hour counter.
Case: 40.7mm steel PVD-coated, height 13.9mm, five-screw case back with mineral crystal, convex hard Plexiglas with coating for enhanced scratch resistance (can be replaced with sapphire crystal upon request)
Dial: Dark blue with sunray brush. Hour and minute hands with SuperLuminova
Strap: Dark blue alligator leather strap with buckle