As you are no doubt aware, BaselWorld will be kicking off again here pretty soon, which means we will start seeing a lot more announcements about new models and versions. Â A lot of this comes from the luxury brands, and that is not really where we tend to dwell here at WWR. Â No, we like our watches affordable and interesting. Â Sure, the JunghansÂ Meister Driver Handaufzug is not a sub-$500 indie watch, but this one certainly checks off a lot of boxes for me.
For the JunghansÂ Meister Driver Handaufzug, the brand is claiming a car from the 1930’s as its inspiration, the Maybach DS 8 Zeppelin. Â You can see this in the dial as it does certainly have the look of a speedometer, and apparently the inner portion of the padded leather strap features perforations as one might see on the seats of a car. Â For me, it is also present in the two-tone color schemes. Â While the black and tan version seems most in-line with the photo of the car I saw, the one that really sings for me is the grey and tan version. Â This is certainly a much lighter look, and would be a rather versatile piece.
The overall “hard specs” of theÂ JunghansÂ Meister Driver Handaufzug are also in keeping with a more vintage era. Â The stainless steel case measures in at just a hair under 38mm, and is only 7.3mm thick. Â Topping that you have a domed plexiglass crystal (perfect for the old school look), and around back you have a nod to modern conventions with a mineral crystal. Â This shows off the finishing on the J815.1 hand-wound movement, which is based off the ETA 7001. Â Again, the hand-winding just makes thematic sense, along with helping to keep the watch thin.
As I mentioned at the outset, we will be seeing word of a lot of new releases, and many of which will be for watches not immediately available. Â TheÂ JunghansÂ Meister Driver Handaufzug is one of those, with delivery anticipated to occur in September 2016. Â When it hits the streets, so to speak, it will run $1,290. Â Yeah, a four-figure watch is a bit outside of what we might consider affordable, but I think it can also be viewed as a sort of stretch goal, or an affordable luxury. Â You may not fill your watch box with four-figure (or more) watches, but it’s nice to think about having one or two some day. Â With theÂ JunghansÂ Meister Driver Handaufzug, you get that, along with the ability to have the vintage look without the concerns that come with owning and caring for a vintage watch. Â junghans.de
- Brand & Model:Â JunghansÂ Meister Driver Handaufzug
- Price: $1,290
- Who we think it might be for: You’re into old cars and watches, but appreciate the reliability that comes from modern manufacturing
- Would I buy one for myself based on what I’ve seen?: Price tag aside? Â Sure, I could see the grey and tan model taking up residence
- What I’d change: Â I wouldn’t mind seeing an enameled dial make an appearance on this watch
- What spoke to me the most about this watch: Â The overall look and feel
- Movement: J815.1 hand-winding movement with small second at 6 o’clock (Basic calibre ETA 7001 Peseux)
- Finishing: Rhodium plating, blued screws, engraved Junghans logo on the wheel train bridge, bridges with stripe finishing
- Case: Stainless steel Ã˜ 37.7 mm, height 7.3 mm, domed hard plexi-glass with SICRALAN coating, 5-times screwed back with min-eral crystal
- Dial/hands: Polished lacquer dial with “sunburst” effect finish, dial markings and hands with environmentally-friendly Super Luminova luminous substance
- Strap: Calfskin strap with stainless steel buckle
- Water resistance: Up to 3 bar