Best German Watches

There is a great debate whether you should buy popular stylish Swiss brands or buy the affordable, accuracy, stylish and reliable German brands. Come on, is it that hard to choose? Well if you are having trouble debating which to buy for yourself or as a gift then we are here to help you choose.

In offering an alternative, German luxury watch making delivers customers around the world with more choice. With Swiss brands, they are fanciful and eye candy, all about the sparkles. With German brands are all about high quality over bling-bling with more emphasis on technical prowess and intricate designs. German watches are distinctively unique, often purpose-built, with innovations both outside and inside their cases.

I also have a special treat at the end of the article for those who like dive or military watches, Sinn has a nice selection of those as well.  With the holidays coming up, let us guide you throughout our top 10 Best German Watch Brands. Let’s go!


MeisterSinger

Head designer and founder of MeisterSinger, Manfred Brassler, places great emphasis on the German traits of quality and service. The simple time measuring instruments made of high quality and sold at an affordable price. The 2015 collection incorporates the first single-hand watch with a second time-zone.

Yet the pride of its new range is the Circularis which emphasizes the new MSH01 hand wound swiss movement. It is a turning point improvement in terms of both innovative craftsmanship and design.MeisterSinger has dedicated itself to concentrating on pure essentials-single hand watches and the calmness and poise they convey.

Neo NE902N

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The Neo NE902N is an exceptional watch with a vintage look and feel to it. Coming in at 36mm and wearing very thing this watch is all about quality, structure and appeal. They have done very well in keeping up with the 1950s design but giving it a modern day feel as well. The automatic self-wind is a very convenient.

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Sinn

German pilot Helmut Sinn began making watches for aviators after being annoyed by the high cost of pilot’s watches. High function mechanical watches that still looks good on your wrist.A favorite of law enforcement, military, divers and adventurers, Sinn watches focus on durability and the list of features and innovations is long. Top quality watches at an affordable price, what more can you ask for? Sinn owners appreciate their high level of performance, their robustness, and durability, as well as the quality and precision of the timepieces.

If you are looking for your first nice mechanical watch, or just want to dip a toe into the German offerings, I can think of no better place to start than with a Sinn. They are very much tool watches, built for a purpose with reliable movements and great little details. These are watches made for watch nerds in the truest sense, the engineering sense. Although they are very modern in terms of technology and materials, I feel that they are the embodiment of the pre-jewelry professional watches of the first half of the 20th century.

SINN 556.A

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Striking form, sparse dial design, superior readability – characteristic SINN features which highlight the similarities between the 556 series and our pilot and navigation cockpit clocks.The accentuation of the hours, minutes, seconds and the date plus the sanitized stainless steel case are what give the watches their sporty yet elegant appearance. The crystal of the 556 watches is made from sapphire crystal, as is the transparent back which provides an intriguing insight into the filigree mechanical movement inside. Low-Pressure resistance to boot!

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Glashütte Original

Glashütte Original is a German luxury watch brand. It was established in 1994. and owned by the Swatch Group and produces its movements in-house.  Glashütte Original is today an innovative and well-respected company that makes robust sports watches as well as elegant dress watches. As always Glashütte Original brings the finest in watchmaking traditions together and combines them, under one roof, with the most advanced of contemporary materials and production technologies.

In-house design and manufacture of thousands of precision components ensure that each of their exquisite mechanical movements meets the highest possible standards of quality.The brand has become one of the most respected and creative in the industry. Each is, after all, a work of art.

Glashutte Senator Men’s Automatic Alarm Watch 100-13-02-02-04

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The great watchmakers of Glashütte focus on movement innovation, with fusee-and-chain mechanisms, month-long power reserves and monthly mechanical alarms. The world first – this watch features an amazing capability to set an alarm up to 30 days in advance. self-winding automatic men’s watch features a 42mm stainless steel case surrounding a black dial on an alligator strap with deployment buckle. Features include chronograph, alarm, date, hours, minutes and seconds. This watch is water resistant to 50m. I say this is a Christmas present that couldn’t be matched!

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A.Lange & Sohne

Offering superb craftsmanship – the company’s very finest products are generally given the coveted ‘‘1A’’ designation – the Lange Zeitwerk Striking Time. They come with three-quarter silvering baseplates with hand-minted balance cocks.Their animated motions are simply captivating, and most would agree that they are easily the most attractive watches in the market today.All movements are assembled twice, first to ensure proper operation, then disassembled, cleaned and reassembled with all new screws.A. Lange & Söhne revives the concept of the uncompromisingly precise timekeeping instrument. The holidays just got more attractive, don’t you think?

A. Lange & Sohne Saxonia Men’s White Gold Automatic Watch 380.026

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The Saxonia Automatic unites advanced horological technology with striking aesthetic appeal. This model comes in 38.5mm 18k white gold case. Movement: Caliber L086.1 self-winding with approximately 72 hours power reserve. This piece also features an 18k white gold fixed bezel and a silver dial with polished white gold hands and applied white gold index hour markers.

Lastly, the piece fastens with a black alligator leather strap with a firm tang buckle and resists water to a depth of 30 meters/100 feet. My. My, my what a beautiful present to receive or give.

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Chronoswiss

Even if the brand name is suggestive of Swiss provenance, this watch manufacturer was actually founded in Munich in the early 1980s. It may be made in Swiss country but made by German hands. Its visionary Gerd-Rüdiger Lang defied the so-called quartz crisis and relied exclusively on mechanical components for his watches. In 1982, Chronoswiss did something that no other watch brand had ever done before; It created the very first mechanical chronograph with a moon phase display and mineral crystal back. Chronoswiss watches are extremely intricate and innovative. The brand was technically created in 1984 and it has been creating high-quality watches ever since. The love for the smallest subtle element and the passion for specialized accuracy is what makes their watches so extraordinary. It is committed to its genuine craftsmanship and preserves the ancient traditions. Chronoswiss announce the most recent expansion with its sports line that collectively consolidates the functional highlight of a second-time-zone with a vigorous surface.

Chronoswiss Timemaster Chronograph CH-7533-GST-SI

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Self-winding automatic watch features a 44mm stainless steel case surrounding a silver dial on a black crocodile strap with a stainless steel tang buckle. Functions include hours, minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph, and GMT. Your wrist will be thanking you, trust me.

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NOMOS Glashütte

Is a German watchmaking company based in Glashütte, Saxony, which specializes in manual-winding and automatic mechanical watches. Nomos is best known for the utilitarian chic of its Bauhaus-inspired watch faces and simple yet elegant designs.An expert team of designers in the creative capital Berlin shapes the dials, the hands, and the cases of the watches to ensure they appeal for years to come.  Since 2005, NOMOS Glashütte has only used in-house movements. Beginning with α (Alpha), a manual winding caliber, the range has since been expanded to include a range of other manual winding movements with additional functions. Elegant and suave is a beautiful combination.

Tangente 38 Datum Leather

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This watch is the epitome of NOMOS Glashütte, at least for many people. The rounded case with many right angles, this masterpiece of straightforwardness is the embodiment of Glashütte craftsmanship. Plenty of tradition and handcraft—combined with high-tech, where it outperforms handcraft: That is NOMOS Glashütte. Tangente 38 is also available with a long-distance date: One of NOMOS Glashütte’s own constructions, conspicuously large, conspicuously beautiful and striking, even from a distance. The date (with NOMOS rapid switching) makes this classic model even more elegant, interesting—and helps wearers to remember birthdays, weddings and other important dates. Oh and don’t forget Christmas!

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Junghans

It was the first company to introduce quartz wristwatches to Germany in 1970 and unveiled the world’s first radio-controlled watch, the Mega 1, in 1990. “An innovative spirit and the incessant pursuit of precision” is the Junghans mission statement – and the German brand uses custom equipment to assemble each of its distinguished watches. Junghans’ focus on technological distinctiveness continues to result in original and desirable timepieces. The result is a range of highly technical sports watches, which are renowned for their robust qualities. After putting some initially turbulent years behind it, Junghans is now able to draw on past successes and creates a lot of buzz with its striking product portfolio. It covers everything from solar to radio controlled watches and also mechanical chronographs.

Junghans Watch – Max Bill – Chronoscape – Milanese

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As one of the most extraordinary designers of the last century, the architect, painter, sculptor and product designer Max Bill left behind an extensive life’s work, including one ofthe most fascinating watch collections of recent decades. The design of this watch is classic, discreet and impresses by its simple appearance and features. The mechanic Chronoscope watch by Max Bill with a Milanaise-strap and a white golden dial provides a stop function and is made of stainless steel round case with a polished stainless steel base and a domed plexiglass.

Also known to be the largest clock and watch company. Today Junghans presents its watches in a harmonious composition by adding more color combination of Max Bill. The three new model varieties of the max bill are basic and clear in brilliant shades. A Swiss mechanic clockwork, caliber ETA 2801-2, 17 Steine is running in the core. Can you say, stunning?

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MONTBLANC

Montblanc is headquartered on the Elbe, for the production of luxury timepieces, however, they resort to the expertise of Swiss watchmakers in Villeret and Le Locle, where their collections such as the Star, Timewalker, Sports or Bohème model are manufactured. These master craftsmen hold their breath in order to create the perfect timepieces.

Star 4810 Chronograph Automatic Mens Watch

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Masculine elegance and superior functionality characterize the Montblanc 4810 collection timepieces for the modern traveler. Combining performance and artisanal prowess, this wristwatch encloses its precise, self-winding Caliber MB 25.07 with a bi-pusher chronograph in a large, bold case featuring a dial of functional composition and harmonious proportions. With scratch, resistant sapphire crystal protects the watch from scratches.

Water resistant to 99 feet (30 M): withstands rain and splashes of water, but not showering or submersion. For better readability at night, the central hour and minute regate hands feature a Super-LumiNova coating for full visibility in the dark. To facilitate accurate chronometry, the precise minuterie along the dial’s edge features red markings at 30 and 60 seconds. Featuring straight horns and a thin bezel with a satin-finished border, the 43 mm stainless steel case complements a black alligator-skin strap. A wonder masterpiece that compliments any wrists.

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Mühle Glashütte

Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte is now the only watch manufacturer in the German town of Glashütte that is still owned by a long-established local family.The company’s current focus emerged under the management of the fourth generation of the Mühle family: the production of high-quality wristwatches, marine time systems, and other nautical instruments.The mechanical wristwatches made by Nautische Instrumente Mühle-Glashütte fully focus on the fundamental task of a timepiece: to measure time exactly and to display it so that it can be read at first glance.Mühle Glashütte not only makes wristwatches (sports, nautical and classical timepieces) but nautical instruments and marine time systems as well. Extremely helpful when out on the seas.

Mühle Glashütte Germanika IV Automatic Men’s Watch M1-38-33-MB

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The Germanika IV is the medium version of this watch family. With its casing diameter of 34.6 millimeters, it comes into its own on a somewhat more delicate wrist.

Despite the smaller diameter of the casing, this watch can still display the same loving details as those offered by its big brother, for example, the well-designed date window, of which the horizontal and vertical edges are shaped in different ways, giving the dial its particular charm.

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TUTIMA

Tutima is derived from the Latin word “Tutus” which means “safe” or “protected.”Tutima actually exists twice. In Schierbrok, in Lower Saxony, not far from Bremen, modern sporting and instrument watches are produced for the German military. Tutima is establishing itself as a Glashütte brand. Young watchmakers are working on a manufacture mechanical watch for Tutima/Glashütte, which aims to follow the long tradition. The corresponding watch is to be launched this year.

Tutima Grand Classic Automatic PVD 43mm Watch – Black Dial

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New Tutima Grand Classic cases made of hardened stainless steel can cope with even the toughest of demands. Unlike conventional hardening processes, Tutima uses a unique method which takes several days to complete and allows the hardening process to penetrate deep into the core of the metal. Swiss Automatic movement with day/date calendar. Hardened steel and black PVD coated 43mm case with bi-directional coin edge style rotating bezel on metal 7 link black bracelet, screw-down crown and observation caseback. Jet black dial with Arabic numerals and large luminous hands. The challenge of this module was not only to make sure that it reliably functions without compromise but also to pack it into the smallest possible amount of space. The result is a masterful construction!

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Sinn Diver Chronograph automatic-self-wind mens Watch 757

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SINN was the first company to manufacture diving watches that complied with European diving equipment standards, and the first to test and certify them for pressure resistance, water−resistance, and resistance to fogging. Sinn’s pack incredible craftsmanship, over-engineered tech, and restrained style all into generally accessibly priced packages. They developed a number of ways of hardening cases: first, ‘ice hardening’ using thermal annealing techniques, which hardened the case all the way through.

The watches are meant to be used as tools, and thus survivable; some cases also have argon filling and copper sulphate capsules to negate the need for a helium release valve or absorb moisture; there are soft iron inner cases for magnetic field protection; diamond coated pallets and escape wheels for lubrication free operation, and finally, special oils and gaskets to provide extreme thermal stability and full functionality underwater.

One of the most interesting features available on most modern Sinn watches is that they are filled with an inert gas mixture. You can tell the ones that have this as most have a small ‘Ar’ in a circle on the dial, and a cylinder in the case which changes color as the gasses escape. According to Sinn, this helps to keep dust and moisture out of the case which means the oils in the movement last much longer.

To someone who’s not all that interested in dive watches, many of them may look alike. But if you are into collecting dive watches, you’re always looking for another one to buy. In doing so, you have several options: you can go vintage, stick with the classics from established brands, or maybe even consider some of the many alternatives out there from start-up, re-launched, and boutique dive watch brands.

The case is made of a matte-finished stainless steel with a solid case back. Mounted on the case is amatte-finished stainless steel rotatable bezel with a black bezel insert. This amazing watch Is water resistant up to 200 Meters (650 Feet). Featured on the side of the case is a moisture detector, which turns red once there are signs of moisture in the case. They use a long range of clever innovations to make their watches practically indestructible. As examples of their ingenuity, they use submarine steel to build the case!

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Wrap-Up

 

Keep in mind you don’t have to throw down a lot of money to have a good quality and affordable watch accompanying your wrist.  As a kid I loved having a watch on my wrist, it didn’t matter what brand or what kind as along as it was on my wrist and it told the time as well as glowed in the dark. I was and still am fascinated by the ‘hands of time’ , by the ‘face of time.’ What goes on in a watches brain? How does it know to do this or do that? You can tell I had a lot of questions as a kid. Whether a clock, a pocket watch or just a watch, I fell in love with more than just the designs but the simplicity of it.

The unique of individual watches. For watch enthusiasts( I refuse to call them snobs), they can appreciate that now more than ever some timepieces are affordable and can still offer that “wow” and “awe” from most people who catch a glance at their wrist. Sure, buying a watch can be about the more it costs the better or it can be about buying a watch that represents you. Watches, like any other object you buy or collect, says something about the owner.

Each watch, each brand, and each intricate design will speak to you, whether you are in the market for a brand new watch or not. It will say, “I belong on your wrist or in your pocket.” Watches speak to us, not because they tell time but because they are unique.

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