Junkers JU-52 Cockpit Review

This watch is a good example of why I say that price has little to do with the enjoyment of a watch. I mentioned this watch in a recent thread so I decided to drag it out of storage and share my thoughts about it. In reality it is a "cheap" watch yet was a regularly worn and enjoyed watch when the battery was alive. For those that do not know, the Junkers JU-52 was a tri-motor passenger aircraft built in Germany prior to WW II. Perhaps the most distinguishing characteristic is the corrugated aluminum used to cover the exterior of the airplane. This element is repeated in the packaging of the watch.

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Perhaps the most attractive feature of the watch are the hands, especially the red and white striped hour hand reminiscent of border crossing gates we are all familiar with. The strap is an acceptable grade of leather with sealed edges and fits. The buckle is a simple tang style with Junkers imprinted on one of the retainer loops. The case is stainless steel and the crown is a classic inverted cone typical of pilot watches. It is 40 mm in diameter and looks appropriate on my ample wrist.

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The back has an image of the JU-52 as is appropriate for this tribute watch. It also features a QR code that will take you to the Junkers site. How is that for marketing?

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Made in Germany, quartz movement with decent quality all the way around. All in all a truly fun watch and one I am glad is in my collection.

Junkers JU-52 Cockpit Review

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  • The hands
  • The strap
  • The cost
  • It's German
  • Batteries die
  • Not well known
  • It ain't a Rolex (or a Tudor for that mater) lol

Those hands are excellent. I totally get where enjoyment > price > intrinsic value. Sometimes you need to purchase that which speaks to you.

Very cool watch with an equally good story..Thank you

Looks like a fun little watch, and I like the hint of corrugated aluminum in the box.

It has one beautiful handset!