Junghans Meister Handwind Watch Review

Junghans Meister Handwind Watch Review
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Junghans Meister Handwind, On the Wrist

Back in June we wrote about this watch, and today I'm pleased to present our review of a week with the Junghans Meister Handwinding ref 027/3200.00, courtesy of Junghans USA.

In addition to that beautiful dial with subtle speckle texture, the back view is equal to the front:

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Junghans Meister Handwind, movement

That's an ETA/Peseaux 7001, a classic hand winder of unusually compact dimensions. The workhorse ETA 2824 and 2892 are 25.6mm; this is 23.3. The 2824 is 4.6mm thick, the 2892 3.6, but the 7001 is even thinner at 2.5mm.

Stop and consider that a moment. That's amazingly slender. Here's a comparison shot of my 2892-based RGM 151P:

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Junghans and RGM

The RGM is my go-to dress watch, but the Junghans makes it feel oversized and clunky. Another angle:

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Junghans and RGM

Some numbers: The Junghans is a vanishing 35g including leather strap, measuring 37.5mm across by 7.8mm thick at the center of the domed Sicralan crystal. 49.2mm lug to lug.

This is easily the slimmest watch I've reviewed. It laughs at snug cuffs and would rock a tuxedo. A Calatrava for the rest of us.

The packaging is simple, uncluttered and functional, very much like the watch itself.

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Junghans Outer Box

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Junghans Inner Box

The watch has excellent case finish and detailing, complete with laser-engraved crown. This picture on the next page shows how well-polished the hands are - very nice for this price point... more »

9 comments
egznyc
egznyc

I rather like the look overall.  I'm amazed at how thin it is, but I'm surprised there is no comment in the review that this is partially the result of not being an automatic movement, but rather, a hand-wound movement.  I also think there is a subtle curvature of the dial (not just the plexiglass), but there's no mention of this, either.  I agree that the sub-seconds dial seems too close to the center of the dial.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

I appreciate other Junghans models, but not this one.  It has weird proportions.  The hands look stubby and inelegant (even though they meet the indices) and the sub-dial is misplaced, just as gerikson said it's too close to the centre.  The dial looks "scrunched up" as a result.  A small sub-dial with better placement would keep the face looking more open.  My old 1995 Seiko quartz chrono has that white speckle appearance on the dial and it was what, $130?  Same thing with laser engraving, it doesn't take any skill to do as it's a computerised process.  Gives a very sharp, clean, but clinical result that leaves me unmoved.  It's nothing special.  The movement is barely decorated and doesn't even hack.  Offering so little at such a high-price, you really have to nail it in terms of what little there is, and I think this watch misses the mark.

gerikson
gerikson

I like the design and concept of this watch - my daily dress watch is a 60s Omega with a plexi crystal and I'm ok with being careful with and/or regular buffing.

Also props for thinness!


The one thing that bothers me with the design is the sub seconds dial, it's too close to the center of the watch.

Panagiotis
Panagiotis

Sure, it's nice but come on! That price...Just get a nice max bill and you're all set!

HawaiianHorology
HawaiianHorology

An impractical watch...

1) The plexiglass makes it difficult to be a daily wearer unless you want to buff it out...

2) The watch is CLEARLY a dress watch.  Elegant but not sporty.  So it is not an all ocassions watch

3) It is handwind only

I have a watch winder but unless I wore the watch everyday (and wound it every day), it would stop ticking, which is probably not so good for the watch.  If I wore it everyday, would it match my attire?

Although the Omega Speedmaster comes with a plexiglass handwound combination, it is much more of a daily wearer so you can pull it off.  Not so here....

Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

"For elegant occasions". Guess that counts me out. I don't own a suit, and I'm certainly tuxless. My favourite T-shirt with the armpit ventilation system, a bowl of microwave popcorn, a beer, the Leafs on TV :  a Junghans on my hairy wrist might be out of place in the man cave. G-Shock or Ironman for this rube.

Kidding. I'd pay $1400 for the Junghans -  and avoid hockey fights in the cave due to the non-sapphire crystal.

jmsherer21
jmsherer21

Great looking watch, just might need to trim my arm hairs before wearing.  

RandyTorres
RandyTorres

I can live with Plexiglass, the price point however...

Spaceguitar
Spaceguitar

You had me until "Plexiglass". Argh!

Gorgeous otherwise.