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German traditional brand with international reputation
The Pilot Watch Magazine
22 January 2024

Pioneering watchmaking art from the Black Forest

Junghans is one of the best-known German watch brands. The watch forge was founded in 1861 by Black Forest watchmaker and entrepreneur Erhard Junghans and his brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler in Schramberg, a small town about 25 kilometers north of Villingen-Schwenningen, where it is still headquartered today.

Initially, components for large Black Forest clocks such as wooden cases, bronze shields, hands, glass doors, wire hooks, hinges and pendulum discs were manufactured, followed by the first own clocks in 1866. The young company grows rapidly and soon makes watchmaking history.

By 1903, Junghans was already one of the world’s largest watch manufacturers, alongside Omega and Rolex, with production facilities and branches in Germany and abroad. By the time of the company’s 100th anniversary in 1961, around 20,000 watches of all kinds are produced daily by 6,000 employees and 10,000 machines, and exported to over 100 countries – including, of course, high-class pilot watches.

If you want to write watch history, you have to be ahead of your time.


World class Made in Germany

For over 160 years, the Junghans brand has stood for pioneering watchmaking art and for a clear commitment to Germany as a business location. Characterized by longstanding tradition and groundbreaking innovations, the name Junghans has always been synonymous with values such as quality, reliability, precision and passion. Both securing the location and expanding at the Schramberg site play an essential role – as does the training of qualified junior staff.

Fine mechanical watches from Germany

Thanks to its outstanding engineers and inventors, Junghans continues to set milestones in technical development – from mechanical watches and electronic timepieces to radio-controlled high-tech watches with solar cells. A stroke of luck for Junghans in 2009 was the takeover by the Steim family of entrepreneurs from Schramberg. With a new strategic orientation, a return to earlier values, and the production of fine mechanical watches, the company successfully restructures after difficult economic times. Thus, the star of Junghans shines again today – and not only in the brand logo, but also in the watch industry.

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