Junghans Meister Pilot

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Junghans Meister Pilot

Postby Racer-X » September 24th 2018, 1:32pm

"Early Cold War-era military pilots’ chronographs are having something of a renaissance. From last year’s reissued Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 to the increasing prices of vintage Heuer 1550 SG Bundeswehrs, it is clear that this school of watch is very much en vogue for today’s collector.

Founded in 1955, Germany’s modern armed forces (collectively known as the Bundeswehr) were created by NATO-allied West Germany to help defend against the threat posed by East Germany and the Warsaw Pact. In 1958, Junghans replaced Hanhart as the Bundeswehr’s contracted air force watch supplier, producing the J88 Bundeswehr Chronograph for the Luftwaffe until 1967. One of the J88’s defining features was its unusually shaped bezel. Scaled to 60 minutes, the bezel is twelve-sided for an easier, more ergonomic grip. Junghans reissued the J88 – albeit slightly tweaked – to great acclaim at Baselworld last year in the form of the Meister Pilot. And the brand has now added an updated black DLC-coated version of the Meister Pilot to its catalogue."

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