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Junghans Meister Kalendar Watch In Blue

Junghans Meister Kalendar Watch In Blue Watch Releases

Simplicity and elegance define the slimline Junghans Meister Kalender collection from one of Germany’s most enduring brands. This family of watches is a testament to why the company, which does not have nor seems to strive for the manufacture status of many of its peers, still rolls on, able to draw consumers toward the brand with strict adherence to a quintessentially German design code.

It would not be accurate to suggest that Junghans never veers from its lane, but it does so rarely and without great fanfare. There are a couple of models, like the Meister Pilot and the slightly odd Mega Solar series, that stray from the beaten path, but we haven’t seen their likes for a few years, nor were those “acceptable experiments” particularly damaging or warping to the brand’s image, thanks to Junghans wisely its releases on the down-low, and rather short-lived.

Junghans Meister Kalendar Watch In Blue Watch Releases

Here a cognac leather strap is paired with a deep blue sunray dial. Although the watch appears gloriously simple, it packs a surprising array of functions into a small space. The date encircles a moon phase indicator at 6 o’clock, while the day and month are visible through tiny rectangular apertures at 10 o’clock and 2 o’clock, respectively.

One cute touch that may go unnoticed upon first inspection is the presence of the Junghans star on the moon disc. It is a quaint feature but, unfortunately, my least favorite aspect of this design. While I appreciate Junghans adding its logo to the disc to show they have not just bought a standard moon disc off the shelf, I find it gimmicky and a poor band-aid for the fact the movement itself is not made in-house.

However, caliber J800.3 is not entirely generic. Although it started life as a garden variety ETA 2824-2, the addition of a Dubois Dupraz 9310 calendar module makes it significantly more interesting, and the fact that the overall thickness of the watch remains just 12.2mm is very impressive, indeed. With a 42mm diameter and an exceedingly thin bezel, the watch wears even flatter. The Junghans Meister Kalender in blue is available now, priced at a competitive €1,990. Learn more at junghans.de.

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  • egznyc

    I have liked this brand for a few years, particularly after having seen them in the metal during a trip to HK. They have a classic beauty in their apparent simplicity (my favorite is their Meister three-hander), though this one is not exactly simple but benefits from its symmetry. The crystals aren’t sapphire but they look very good in their old-school curves. Even the subdial has a curvature, which is a really elegant touch.

  • Warsh

    Not a very helpful review. Would be nice to know if this is an annual calendar or just a complete calendar. And I’m sure I’m not alone in caring about the size of the watch, which is also missing.

    • Anna Nuehm

      Last paragraph: 42 mm.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    I ‘ve always loved the look of these watches. So elegant ( I’m just going to pretend I never saw the Meister Pilot) Gorgeous watch just to darn small. Could have done without the date windows and yes , that j in the moon phase was a terrible idea.

    • Anna Nuehm

      42 mm with nearly no bezel is huge in my book.

      • Raymond Wilkie

        What can I say, I’ve got thick wrists.

        • Hi Mr. Raymond.With regards to the dimension. Max diameter of casing minus crown = 40.4mm; width of crown 2.2mm = so case+ crown = 42.6mm

          • Raymond Wilkie

            Hi Miss Fox
            I never factor the crown into the diameter of the watch.

  • SuperStrapper

    Wow, I’m impressed. Really well thought out appearance. Good pricing too. I don’t know if I can see junghans retail here but I would look into it to try this on.

  • Classy looking and priced right, what’s not to like?

  • private private

    An ugly watch all around. Date and month indicators are too small. Legibility suffers as a result. The diameter of the date disk is too large. Proportions of dial elements are way off.

  • JChief

    I am assuming this is a complete calendar as opposed to an Annual calendar watch. At a price of 2000 Euro not sure it represents value or indeed anything new/different to distinguish itself from many other complete calendars.

  • NaJo

    Looks like an angry shouting lego character!

  • False – an acrylic crystal should not cost you $70. But that assumes you are changing it yourself.

  • ray h.

    You would get a monthly bill of $70,if you wear the watch a lot in the real world. Buy the pollywatch.

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