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1861 A quest for excellence - from the very beginning
The Junghans watch factory came into being in 1861. Businessman Erhard Junghans founded the company in Schramberg, a small town in the Black Forest, together with his brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler. At first, they specialized in manufacturing individual parts for watch production. The precision of Junghans work quickly became synonymous with outstanding quality of manufacturing, and the foundation was laid for a complete watchmaking enterprise. The first watches bearing the Junghans brand were designed and constructed by the company's own master watchmakers in 1866
1875 Arthur Junghans
Arthur Junghans took over managing the company in 1875, following his father's premature death. Arthur was a watchmaker by trade and training and had traveled to America, where he studied the latest technological possibilities provided by rational production. Arthur Junghans introduced many new production techniques at the company, providing the ideas, serving as designer, and playing the role of technical leader. Even before the turn of the century, numerous machines and processes were developed that gave Junghans outstanding advantages in terms of quality and manufacturing. Arthur Junghans focused primarily on innovations in watchmaking, and no less than 300 inventions were patented under his management.
1890 The star over Junghans
The 8-point star that is still the Junghans trademark today was first registered in 1890. Junghans watches came to be known as affordable, high-quality products from Germany and sold well around the world. In 1903, Arthur Junghans' vision became a reality - Junghans was the world's largest watch factory. More than 3,000 employees produced more than 3 million watches each year. The manufacturing facility soon had to be expanded. And so the terrace building came into being, with a step-like construction that delivered natural daylight to each and every watchmaker's work station. The building is now protected as a historic monument.
1946 A precious legacy in difficult times
After Arthur Junghans' death, his sons Erwin and Oscar took over management of the company in 1920. Continuing the company's legacy and maintaining its high standards was no easy task, but the brothers mastered it successfully. At the start of the 1930s, the first wristwatches were produced and would quickly replace pocket watches as the most popular style of watch on the market. Even after the Second World War and the dismantling of the factory, the innovative spirit of Junghans' master watchmakers remained undaunted. Junghans developed the first wristwatch chronograph movement, the legendary J88, as early as 1946. Junghans was also able to assert itself as a company with a long tradition in the new market environment of post-war reconstruction.
1970 The time of quartz
Following the successful consolidation of the company after 1945, Junghans began to focus on new, more precise methods for measuring time. The first result of these efforts was the electric movement. But it was the newly invented quartz technology that Junghans really took up and developed further. The first German quartz clock was built at the end of the 1960s and Germany's first quartz wristwatch was built in 1970. As a pioneer of chronographic development, Junghans made history once again as the official timekeeper of the 1972 Olympic Games.
1985 Junghans and the radio-controlled timepiece
Junghans created yet another revolution on the clock and watchmaking market when they developed the first radio-controlled table clock. The world's first radio-controlled wristwatch, the Mega 1, followed the first radio-controlled solar clock in 1990. To celebrate the Mega 1's 15-year birthday in 2005 and to pay tribute to the classic, Junghans launched the Mega 1000, a new interpretation of the world's first radio-controlled wristwatch that combines contemporary design and ultra-modern technology.
Ada orang yang ketakutan jika mendengar dentangan jam dinding putar, bahkan ada yang pernah saya dengan berkomentar "ih... serem seperti rumah hantu" waduh segitu kentalnya kesan yang bisa tersimpan hanya dari sebuah bunyi jam dinding.
Tapi banyak juga yang sangat senang mendengar bunyi jam-jam dinding putar jaman dulu kala ini, ada yang berkata bunyinya "berwibawa" ada yang berkata membawa suasana puri, kastil, kedalam rumah hehehehehehe, hihihihihihihihihi (kalo ini membawa kuntilanak ke rumah, saya juga gak mau)
Jam Junghans ini, terhitung (paling tidak buat saya pribadi)masih sangat baik, karena semua bagiannya masih asli Junghans semua, baik itu kayu-kayu box, bandul, jarum, putaran dll, bahkan stiker Junghans masih tertempel di kayu bagian dalamnya (lihat foto)
Plat juga masih baik, dengan angka-angka yang terlihat jelas, dan belum pernah di grafir/cat ulang.
Jam ini terdiri dari 2 lubang, satu utk putaran dentang, satu lagi utk putaran jam/sumber energi pemutar jarum jam.
Dentang yang dihasilkan dari kawat baja yang melingkar seperti obat nyamuk bakar yang dipukul semacam palu kecil, sehingga gema yang dihasilkan khas sekali, dan pasti bisa merubah suasana rumah setiap kali berbunyi.
Dentang akan terjadi setiap jam dan setiap jarum menit menunjukkan angka 6.
Mesin masih bersih, berfungsi normal dan akurat, sekarang ini tidak mudah mendapatkan jam sejenis dengan kondisi yang orisinal, berfungsi normal dan mesin blm direkayasa.
Biasanya karena usianya yang sudah tua, sering sekali dilakukan usaha-usaha untuk membuatnya berfungsi dan tampil normal, dengan segala cara, seperti box yang tidak asli lagi, mesin sudah diketok, agar as-asnya normal/pada posisi standar, yang memang bisa membuat jam berjalan, tapi tidak lama.
Suatu kebanggan jika dirumah kita terpampang jam kuno legendaris seperti ini, ditambah bunyinya yang khas, pasti paling tidak membuat tamu-tamu di rumah kita terdiam sejenak sambil memikirkan darimana sumber bunyi yang unik itu.
1.Orisinal Junghans Jerman
2.Berfungsi normal dan akurat
3.Semua bagian masih asli
4.Berbunyi setiap jam (sesuai jumlah jam) dan setiap jarum menit menunjuk angka 6
5.Sumber dentang dari senar baja berbentuk obat nyamuk bakar
6.Plat/tampilan jam masih terlihat jelas dan belum di cat ulang/orisinal