Just like maybe many of you, I'm was already in an early stage started collecting watches. This went on and off sometimes with a number of years that I have not even looked at them. The result was often that the watches also quickly disappeared from the scene and other interests got the upper hand.
Now years later I noticed that the watch virus began to itch. Fortunately, there is now internet and that used to be different in the old days😁 and now the search for watches was a lot easier. I then came also for the first time in contact with a Dutch forum and later also international fora. Here I got the first impressions in the rep scene and saw what a beautiful watches members had. Not long after that I bought my first rep. I just can't remember wich one that was😬
Anyhow, I was completely "hooked". Over the past few years I bought, sold and even exchanged watches. Then came the moment the watch boxes were pretty full and that I realized that not every watch the appreciation got what it deserved, so I decided to sell my watches and spent the money to buy high end reps . I was pretty impressed by the watches built by Kilowattore, Tripdog, BabaNJ etc. Many of you have probably already heard and possibly seen all of their work . Now that I decided to upgrade to high end reps I could fit my collection in a single box😁
However, I began to wonder how I could justify it for myself to spend several hundreds of dollars on high end watches, while still being Replica's (no offense). I then took a completely different path in terms of watches and have sold almost all of my watches again and started a new search. Only this time for gen watches. Also there is a world of choices, but some with a very sturdy price tag. It had to remain credible for me though, so I created for myself a maximum budget to keep it somewhat affordable🤔
After a long search I came across the Junghans and Glycine brand. Junghans is a brand which is especially known to the older members and a little forgotten. Too bad because they make really good and reliable watches in Germany. Glycine is Swiss watch company, but I had not yet heard of it.
Glycine is a watch manufacturer which was founded in 1914, and is based in Bienne, Switzerland. The brand is famous for its Airman-line, a collection of GMT watches with 24-hour indication which debuted in 1953. This was primarily a benefit of both military and commercial pilots. The Airman was worn during the Vietnam war by many pilots of the United States air force.
The Junghans factory was founded in 1861. The factory was initially specialized in the production of individual watch parts, but it soon became the recognized craftsmanship and produced complete watches . In 1866, Junghans produced there first watch
The logo with the 8-pointed star was first registered in 1890 and is still the Junghans trademark. Recently, Junghans is saved by an investor who wanted to keep the brand alive. The investor has made sure that the factory can remain open and that beautiful new Junghans watches can be produced with style and quality that are very important for Junghans.
The Meister series is by Junghans again revived and in my opinion they have done that really well . It is a nod to the past of fast cars and cockpit instruments.
Here are my two recently purchased Junghans watches:
Junghans Meister Telemeter Cal. J.880.3, which is based on an ETA 2892 with a Dubois Depraz 2030 chonograph module.
CASE: Stainless Steel
MOVEMENT: J880.3 (ETA 2892 w/ Dubois Depraz 2030) features 45-jewels, hacking, 40hr power reserve and a frequency of 28,800bph.
DIAL: Black with light circular brushing, which gives it a “metallic” feel
LENS: Acrylic with Sicralan
STRAP: Stainless Steel
WATER RESISTANCE: 30M
DIMENSIONS: 40.8 x 45.4mm
LUG WIDTH: 21mm
Junghans Meister Driver.
Tech Specs from Junghans
Movement: J815.1 hand-winding movement with small second at 6 o’clock (Basic calibre ETA 7001 Peseux)
Finishing: Rhodium plating, blued screws, engraved Junghans logo on the wheel train bridge, bridges with stripe finishing
Case: Stainless steel Ø 37.7 mm, height 7.3 mm, domed hard plexi-glass with SICRALAN coating, 5-times screwed back with mineral crystal
Dial/hands: Polished lacquer dial with “sunburst” effect finish, dial markings and hands with environmentally-friendly Super Luminova luminous substance
Strap: Calfskin strap with stainless steel buckle
Water resistance: Up to 3 bar
Glycine Airman 18 World Timer GMT
Movement: Sellita SW300-1 based movement 28800 42-hour power reserve hand-winding compatible Hacking second
Case material: Stainless steel
Bidirectional rotating bezel with screw-down lock at 4 o'clock
Lumed hands and markers
12-hour sweep hour hand
Case diameter: 39 mm
Case thickness: 10.25 mm
Lug width: 20 mm
Lug-to-lug: 46.5 mm
Water resistance: 200 m (660 ft)
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