Junghans Meister Agenda

Angus Davies reviews a watch ideal for planning future events. The Junghans Meister Agenda – ref 027/4364.00 features a calendar week display, together with other functions, all stylishly packaged in a 1960s inspired design.

This detailed review of the Junghans Meister Agenda – ref 027/4364.00 includes live images and specification details.

Junghans Meister Agenda - ref 027/4364.00 - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

When organising my professional diary during the week, I exhibit an acceptable degree of efficiency. However, when it comes to planning social activities my administrative talents are sadly not fit for purpose. I am hopeless at making plans to meet friends and often remiss when it comes to returning personal calls. Thankfully, I have Heidi, my long suffering wife of 22 years, who expertly arranges the majority of our social engagements.

Most Thursday evenings, the conversation moves to the subject of the weekend and I utter the usual question, “What’s on the agenda?” Invariably, the weekend schedule features a few relaxing meals with friends interspersed with numerous car journeys, taking our children to various social events.

Junghans, a German watch brand, has produced a watch which is interestingly named the Junghans Meister Agenda – ref 027/4364.00. It makes me ponder whether this curiously named timepiece could provide me with a greater degree of self-sufficiency and improve my organisational talents.

The dial

Junghans first used the nomen, “Meister” in 1936, but the watches featuring within today’s collection of models have a distinct 1960s character.

Junghans Meister Agenda - ref 027/4364.00 - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The Junghans Meister Agenda – ref 027/4364.00 is equipped with an unusual complication, displaying the week number on a subdial below noon. Formerly, I worked for a manufacturing company and the use of week numbers for planning was commonplace. Indeed, I suspect that in some occupations, this complication would prove exceedingly useful.

A power-reserve indicator features on a second subdial, located above 6 o’clock.

The matt, silver-plated dial includes a date and day display, positioned at 3 and 9 o’clock, respectively. Each is presented using a rectangular, stepped aperture.

Junghans Meister Agenda - ref 027/4364.00 - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Sword-shaped hands impart the hour and minutes and feature a sliver of luminescent material, proving legible but with a pleasing degree of decorum. The slender central seconds hand is long and kisses the short black strokes encircling the dial.

The hour markers consist of applied silver-coloured batons at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock, with the intervening hourly integers denoted using printed indexes.

The dial exhibits a discreet temperament, absent of gauche excess, and proves readily decipherable.

The case

The stainless steel case has a diameter of 40.4mm and height of 12.2mm. The Meister Agenda appears thinner than the specification would suggest, partly because the screwed case back sits lower than the adjacent case band, creating greater depth.

Junghans Meister Agenda - ref 027/4364.00 - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

Junghans Meister Agenda - ref 027/4364.00 - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

A key element of the design language of the Junghans Meister Agenda – ref 027/4364.00 is the widespread use of curving lines. The lugs emanating from the case band have a gentle arc to their profile which emulates the convex outline of the Plexiglass. The case band features a line which subdivides its height, again playing with the wearer’s perception of volume and mitigating the sense of scale.

Junghans Meister Agenda - ref 027/4364.00 - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

When viewed from the front, there is minimal metalwork adjacent the Plexiglass, according a neatness to the case and granting a wide view of the dial area.

An exhibition case back permits the wearer to see the self-winding movement within.

 The movement

The calibre J810.5 is automatic and features bi-directional winding. The balance oscillates at 28,800 vph (4 Hz), the movement contains 28 jewels and the power reserve is 42 hours.

Junghans Meister Agenda - ref 027/4364.00 - watch review by ESCAPEMENT

The main plate is decorated with perlage, blued screws are in evidence and the oscillating mass features Côtes de Genève motif.

Closing remarks

The most noteworthy aspect of this watch is, in my opinion, the dial design. The watch is incredibly elegant with 1960s styling judiciously employed. The arrangement of the subdials and apertures grants balance to the dial composition. The silver-plated dial provides a charming foil for the three centrally mounted hands to perfectly communicate the time.

The case design is also interesting. The intelligent use of curving lines makes the watch appear thinner than the specification suggests, augmenting the sense of neatness.

Returning to the complication which led to the name of this watch, the calendar week display may prove very useful for some wearers, albeit I doubt it will improve my own ability to manage my social life as competently as my wife. Nevertheless, I appreciate the inclusion of this unusual function, tastefully incorporated into a clean-cut watch. Indeed, with this Junghans watch, a dapper appearance is very much on the agenda.

Technical Specification

  • Model: Junghans Meister Agenda
  • Reference: 027/4364.00
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter 40.40 mm; height 12.20 mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; central sweep seconds; date; day; calendar week; power reserve indicator.
  • Movement: Calibre J810.5, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4Hz) ; 28 jewels; Power reserve of 42 hours.
  • Strap: Brown horse skin strap presented on a stainless steel pin buckle.

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