Junghans may have marked its 160th anniversary as a business back in 2021, but it has another anniversary to celebrate this year because its founder, Erhard Junghans was born in the Black Forest of Germany 200 years ago in 1823.
That’s more than enough to merit the creation of two limited edition versions of its Meister fein Automatic Erhard Edition in a choice of white or yellow gold.
Junghans was founded in Schramberg in 1861 by Erhard Junghans and his brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler and has been one of the world’s most prolific and innovative volume watch producers for much of the 20th century.
By 1903 the company was employing 3,000 people making over 3 million timepieces per year. Fifty years later it was still Germany’s biggest producer of chronometers and the third largest in the world.
To mark the birthday of its founder, Junghans has made two refined dress watches with nods to its past including a historic version of its logo on a Bauhaus-inspired dial and elongated Roman numeral hour markers.
The flip side of the watch carries the signature of Mr Junghans and his portrait appears at the centre of the J800 automatic movement’s rotor.
They come in 39.5mm gold cases framing the elegant domed white dial.
Junghans is making 200 each of the white and gold versions with a UK retail price of £8,450.