Ever since I serviced Torsten’s Junghans watch, I wanted to get one myself. Now the big questions was used or new, and the main trade-off is that Junghans doesn’t make their own movements any more. So if you want a genuine Junghans movement, you have to go vintage. As I quite like the ETA2824-2 for it’s precision and reliability, I wasn’t too worried about that. And I do like the excitement of unpacking a brand new watch!
I need a date on my watch, as I’m not great at remembering that, so that decision was easily made. Now for the strap… my thinking here is that you will never be able to preserve the original strap, as it deteriorates very quickly when you wear it. But an original bracelet can be preserved for decades, so you always have a watch that is 100% original, and that’s important when it comes to selling. If I don’t like the bracelet, I can always fit a strap for a while…
So the only choice left was the 027/4002.44, as it has a metal bracelet and a date.
Now for the price – the watch retails around £805 in the UK. With a bit of googling, I found a French site (http://www.timefy.com/), that had a father’s day promotion with 15% off all watches – so I paid £670! That’s a watch:movement value ratio of 7:1, and I consider that very good value for a designer watch that looks this good. If this were a Breitling, it would cost you £2000 😉