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World of Watches (Singapore) - - Basel Report | Highlights -

Jung­hans re­launches its Meis­ter Pi­lot col­lec­tion this year, keep­ing in­tact much of the at­tributes that made the orig­i­nal such a clas­sic

In 1946, Jung­hans de­vel­oped its first wrist-worn chronograph us­ing its man­ual-wind­ing J88 move­ment. The time­piece en­tered the ser­vice of the Ger­man armed forces and be­came avail­able to civil­ians only about one and a half decades later. Un­for­tu­nately, it did not be­come as well-known to the masses as some of its coun­ter­parts from the same era.

For the col­lec­tor who was too young to ac­quire this watch first hand, and too im­pa­tient to wait for a pre-owned one to resur­face, Jung­hans has launched a reis­sue ver­sion. Here’s the Jung­hans Meis­ter Pi­lot – a 43.3mm self-wind­ing chronograph that mea­sures elapsed time of up to 30 min­utes with its Dubois Depraz mod­ule. The new watch’s me­chan­i­cal beat­ing heart may be a mod­ern one, but its de­sign harks back to days of yore in nu­mer­ous ways. Note, for ex­am­ple, how the bi-di­rec­tional ro­tat­ing bezel has 12 con­cave notches for bet­ter grip, just like the orig­i­nal.

This Meis­ter Pi­lot is wa­ter re­sis­tant up to 100m, thanks to the use of a screw-down case back, which is dec­o­rated with a com­pass rose en­grav­ing. It also uses a sap­phire crys­tal with an­tire­flec­tive coat­ing on both sides for clar­ity. A riv­eted leather strap seals the vin­tage pi­lot look. MOVE­MENT Self-wind­ing Cal­i­bre J880.4 chronograph move­ment with 38-hour power re­serve

CASE 43.3mm in steel, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 100m STRAP Black leather with steel buckle PRICE $4,980

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