The Junghans Meister Hand Winding watch is a truly elegant dress watch that is both very attractive, and very attainable. The high quality stainless steel case is polished and quite thin at 7.3 millimeters in height, and has a bigger feel that its 37.7 millimeters in diameter would suggest. Many owners have commented that the watch has a 39 millimeter feel to it, and that is a great middle ground for watch lovers. This feel is a result of the watch having an all dial design aspect. This is really a watch that the owner will have no problem fitting under a shirt cuff.
One thing that many watch lovers are not happy with, is the decision of Junghans to use plexiglass watch crystals is some of its models. This Meister watch is one of the models having plexiglass, and even though the acrylic is a throwback to vintage days, sapphire theses days is what most watch lovers expect. The plus side is that the plexiglass used in these watches has an extra scratch resistant coating, and using said plaxiglass, enables the watch price to be much easier on the consumer. If sapphire had been used, i believe this watch would be over $2000. Without sapphire, the watch is $1700.
The caseback is exhibition style, and has a crystal of a better mineral content, but still is not sapphire. It is screwed in place with 5 screws and is water proof up to 30 meters. However this is a dress watch not having a screw down crown. It is okay in the rain, and will survive a kitchen splash, but is not made for swimming or diving. The strap is made of brown leather, and has a stainless steel buckle. All in all the watch has an amazing dress look to it, and fits quite well on the wrist with optimum comfort and legibility.
The Meister Hand Winding is powered by the manual wound J815.1 movement. The movement is based on the ETA 7001. The movement is only 2.5 millimeters in height, and that is because there is no self winding rotor among the components. This allows the case itself to be only 7.3 millimeters thick. The movement has 17 jewels, and offers a 42 hour power reserve. As for the price, the watch comes in at about $1700, or EUR 1500. I believe the watch is a great value for the money, and is a brilliant dress watch for those who cannot afford something of greater luxury.