Junghans Meister Pilot

This pilot’s watch by German brand Junghans has a world of character. It’s totally pilot’s in its looks, but it’s different from any other pilot’s watch. It incorporates a lot of the brand’s history, with the movement named after its own in-house J88 chronograph movement designed in 1949, and the unusual twelve-sided bezel derived directly from the 1955 Junghans pilot watch Bundeswehr chronograph. It has the slightly domed dial and the shallow concave subdials that are a feature of Junghans Meister watches, with a minimalist dial contrasting with the complexity of the bezel. Dial markings and hands are coated with SuperLuminova.

Junghans Meister Pilot

The movement is the Junghans J880.4 self-winding calibre, with small seconds at 3 o’clock, and a 30-minute chronograph counter at 9 o’clock. The movement is not made in-house: it is modular, with an ETA 2824 or Sellita SW200 base calibre, and a Dubois Depraz 2030 chronograph module. It is housed in a stainless steel case, 43.3 mnm in diameter, 14.4 mm thick, with a solid caseback. Water resistance is 10 bar/100 metres water.

Junghans Meister Pilot stainless steel caseback

The watch is in two versions, differing for the colour of the strap and the SuperLuminova. Reference 027/3590.00 is more modern with its black strap, 027/3591.00 has a vintage feel with its beige SuperLuminova and brown leather strap.

Junghans Meister Pilot, two versions


The Junghans Meister Pilot costs $2,465, approximately €2,240. It will be available at points of sale from May 2016. See http://www.junghans.de/ for further information.

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