Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug – An Affordable Vintage-Inspired Driver’s Watch

By rolex
May 31, 2021
8 min read

I as of late surveyed the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch from Junghans and was dazzled by its value/quality proportion. The German producer has been delivering watches since 1866 (established in 1861), so it’s among the most seasoned enlisted watch companies on the planet. To say Junghans knows some things about delivering watches is putting it mildly, and it has stayed consistent with their establishing standards of mass creating watches in the most practical manner conceivable. The previously mentioned Meister dress watch comes in at just USD 120 in excess of a comparable Farer Hudson from a microbrand of a couple of years. History and provenance have genuine worth with regards to watches, and Junghans splendidly shows limitation with regards to valuing. The watch I’m auditing now is another in their Meister line that separates itself with a remarkable dial and highlights that draw motivation from a mid twentieth century auto. How about we investigate the Junghans Meister Driver Handaufzug .


The love of vehicles returns to the company’s unique family. Arthur Junghans, child of company author Erhard Junghans, bought one of the primary test vehicles from Daimler in 1892. The company likewise created vehicle timekeepers (speed estimating gadgets in the good ‘ol days) and the current proprietors, Hans-Jochem Steim and Hannes Steim, gather those as well as are exemplary vehicle lovers too. This enthusiasm helped shape the Meister Driver Handaufzug and the plan motivation came from the 1932 German Maybach DS8 Zeppelin. This wasn’t your standard vehicle once upon a time, more likened to an Aston Martin Rapide S or Rolls-Royce Phantom today. The gigantic twelve-chamber motor was commended as being among the most impressive at that point (it could reach over 100mph) and a “more youthful sibling” to the Maybach Zeppelin carrier motors. Mechanical advances in the transmission and grasp framework separated the vehicle significantly more. Just 25 unique vehicles stay in presence today.

The plan and coachwork (by eminent coachbuilder Hermann Spohn) were top notch, and scrupulousness was vital. The exemplary speedometer tasteful and outside shading are revived in the dial and tie, and albeit the watch imparts a case and development to the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch, it should be from an alternate line through and through. The Meister Driver Handaufzug is fun and loaded with character, and brings a vintage hustling vibe that vehicle fans will appreciate. Is it still a dress watch? Maybe, in spite of the fact that it’s definitely not saved and will without a doubt cause to notice itself in the event that it escapes from under a sleeve. It would be comfortable with a T-shirt and pants as well.

Case and Design

This is a vintage-propelled watch and both the case and precious stone address that. At just 37.7mm in measurement, the cleaned tempered steel case fortunately doesn’t have bigger, more present day extents. It’s only 7.3mm in tallness too, so while I wouldn’t exactly call it super meager (however, it’s not a long way from being that), it will handily sneak by the most secure of sleeves. As referenced in my audit of the dress watch, this model wears greater than the 37.7mm width recommends. While a comparable piece like the Farer Hudson at 37mm wears a bit little (feeling like a 35mm case), the Meister Driver Handaufzug felt more like 39mm. That doesn’t seem like a very remarkable contrast, however by and by it is.

I had condemned the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch for having an acrylic precious stone rather than sapphire. It’s an advanced dress watch, all things considered, and reasonable for regular or every day wear. Plexiglas is simply excessively inclined to scratches for my preferring (even with the SICRALAN covering to make it more solid). That assessment has changed with the Driver. The acrylic completes its vintage vibe and albeit unpretentious, mirrors the light contrastingly and misshapes the dial at sharp points. This is one of those uncommon cases in which I really incline toward Plexiglas to sapphire. Some will in any case discover it polarizing to discover “plastic” on a watch costing north of EUR 1,000, however now and then craftsmanship needs to best science, so to speak.

The case has a presentation back with mineral glass that is stronger than the principle gem. In plain view is a designed, hand-wound development, which is equivalent to establish on the dress watch. The crown is stepped with the company’s eight-point star logo and doesn’t screw down, so the case is simply water-impervious to 30m. Downpour and sprinkles are fine however abstain from swimming. It’s propelled by a vintage vehicle, not an antique boat.

Dial and hands

The dial is the thing that truly separates this piece and isolates it from the dressier pieces in the Meister line. There are really two distinct models, one having a dark dial and cream sub-dial (and numerals) with a dim calfskin tie. I have the piece with a cream dial and sub-dial, and dark external moment track with white numerals. A white hour track with dark printed numerals traverses the furthest edge. My adaptation, specifically, takes after a vintage speedometer and the cream coordinates the outside paint of the exemplary vehicle. The numerals are loaded up with a white brilliant paint that the company says is harmless to the ecosystem (and absolutely not radioactive as in the past).

The seconds sub-dial is at 6 o’clock and has a dark hand and dark printed numerals at 60, 15, 30 and 45. The moment and hour hands are dark and comparable in style to the seconds hand, and both have similar white glowing material as the numerals. The company’s name and logo are printed at the top, with MADE IN GERMANY at the base (separated by the 30 numeral). The dial sounds rather basic, yet it’s outwardly striking and has a more enduring effect than numerous dials that are more complicated. The Meister Driver Handaufzug may impart DNA to the Meister dress watch, however these are two totally different siblings.


Like the Meister Hand-Winding dress watch, the Meister Driver Handaufzug has a hand-wound J815.1 development, in light of the ETA 7001 Peseux type. Handaufzug is really German for “hand-wound.” The development has 17 gems, beats at 21,600vph (3Hz), has sub-dial seconds over 6 o’clock and a 42-hour power save. It’s evaluated at +/ – 12 seconds out of every day, except I found the middle value of under 10 seconds quick each day. It is anything but a guaranteed chronometer, however exact enough for most devotees. It’s a straightforward development without a programmed rotor or complications, and subsequently exceptionally meager at just 2.5mm in tallness. This permits the case to be well under 8mm.

When saw from the mineral glass caseback, the development is enhanced with Côtes de Genève (connects) and blued screws. It doesn’t have the complexity of a chronograph however is outwardly engaging nonetheless.


The 20mm cream calfskin tie coordinates the inward dial and unique outside shade of the Maybach DS8 Zeppelin that propelled it. It has a treated steel clasp with JUNGHANS stepped on the end, and the cowhide has coordinating cream sewing. The insignificant cushioning additionally compliments the flimsy 7.3mm case well. There are holes on the back that don’t penetrate through the front yet assist it with breathing the wrist.

Similar to the tie on the Meister dress watch, it’s comfortable out of the container without requiring a break-in period. My solitary complaint would be the size. I have little wrists and the lash is one opening shy of fitting appropriately. It actually chips away at my wrist, yet I think that its simply excessively free. That being said, I could never supplant it as the one of a kind tone is an indispensable piece of the generally package.


I making the most of my experience with the Meister Hand-Wound dress watch half a month prior, yet would just wear it on more proper events. There’s nothing amiss with that as it wasn’t trying to be something besides a proper piece. Albeit the Meister Driver Handaufzug has a similar case and development, its dial and tie are one of a kind and particular enough that I’d joyfully wear it consistently. It works with both a suit at the workplace and T-shirt on the sea shore and is flimsy and light enough to dissolve away on your wrist. The polished Plexiglas precious stone is really an expert this time (a con on the dress model) and I get a kick out of looking at it each time I’m driving. Rarely a basic watch can have a particularly visual effect, yet the plan group at Junghans hit this one out of the park.

The Meister Driver Handaufzug sells for EUR 1,170 (USD 1,295), which is more than some different watches with a similar ETA 7001 Peseux type, yet reasonable for what’s being advertised. The extraordinary plan, meticulousness and history of the company make an EUR 100 – 200 distinction genuinely ostensible, and it’s likely the nearest you’ll at any point get to claiming a mid twentieth century supercar. You can buy a Meister Driver Handaufzug from Junghans’ site (and here  for US clients) or at a partaking retailer. Junghans offers a two-year guarantee on its mechanical watches.