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An Elegant German-Made Chronograph Wristwatch For Under $2000

An Elegant Self-Winding German Made Chronograph
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* Self-winding movement with an exhibition back
* Features 48-hour power reserve
* Made in Germany and includes two-year warranty

Whether you’re a seasoned horological nerd or starting to explore the world of watches, every collection should include a chronograph. If you think about it, the idea of constructing a completely mechanical movement that’s fairly thin and lightweight enough to wear on your wrist is pretty ridiculous. And that’s before you consider what the movement actually does. In the case of Junghans’ stainless steel Meister Chronoscope it’s plain to see. Literally.

German-based Junghans was founded in 1861 and began producing wristwatches in 1927. But most will know the Bavarian brand for the timekeeping designs by Bauhaus legend Max Bill in the 1950s. While many remember the wristwatch, it’s worth noting that the clocks Bill designed for Junghans were the original inspiration and not the other way around. Junghans also used to produce 1/10th of a second stopwatches that would track 0.1 seconds in very clever and cool ways.

Which brings us to the 40mm stainless steel Meister Chronoscope that was first introduced in the 1930s. With a charcoal face that beautifully displays three sub-dials and day and date, it’s not overly complicated, while still being somewhat subdued. The Meister functionally includes six different movements in the form of the following: hour, minute, second hands, day, date and stopwatch function. The hour and minute hands have a touch of environmentally friendly luminescence, so you’re not totally in the dark should the lights go out.

Encased in stainless steel with an accompanying stainless steel clasp bracelet, the self-winding caliber J880.1 movement is beautifully displayed through an exhibition back that’s typically only found in higher-priced pieces. Even better, it ships in a wonderfully designed presentation box.

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