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The German watch manufacturer MeisterSinger from Münster is known for often taking unusual paths. The timepieces refer to the history of watches by their design. The MeisterSinger Astroscope.
Already in the past I was allowed to report about special watches like the Perigraph or the Neo. The latest piece of the relatively young brand from Westphalia picks up ideas from mythology. Let me introduce: the Astroscope. The special feature: the celestial bodies known since ancient times show the days of the week! In the following review, you will learn how this works, what else distinguishes the chic MeisterSinger from the middle price segment and for whom of you the Astroscope might be interesting.
The first impression MeisterSinger Astroscope
The Meistersinger Astroscope is a stylish and classic watch that can be worn for any occasion. At first sight, the automatic watch appears pleasantly reserved and elegant. Nevertheless, the retro charm that the Astroscope exudes immediately catches the eye. This is due to the dial with its design inspired by mythology. And no, don’t worry – you don’t have to get into the subject of astronomy to read the time. But more about that later.
MeisterSinger has kindly provided me with the watch in two versions. In front of me is the Astroscope in the “Black – Old Radium” version, right next to it ist sister model in “Black – Blue”. Both models differ only in the colour selection of the indices. There are no technical and price differences. MeisterSinger Astroscope. So I am spoilt for choice. Do I wear the Astroscope with blue or golden indices?
The automatic watch does not have a bulky case and looks rather moderate on the wrist, so it should be suitable for everyone. The finish makes a good impression. Meistersinger has chosen high-quality stainless steel and sapphire crystal for the material selection. You notice this immediately when you take the watch in your hand. Both watches have a very soft calfskin strap with crocodile embossing. Once in brown, once in cognac.
The attention to detail is even noticeable in the packaging. Here, each watch comes with a brochure that is dedicated in detail to the special design with its historical background and the reading of the dial.
The case MeisterSinger Astrosope
Meistersinger uses a stainless steel case in his Astroscope. This has a diameter of 40 millimetres and a height of just 10.5 millimetres. When you consider that the case houses an automatic movement, it is really slim. These dimensions fit every wrist well. The shape of the case is round and classic. The glossy surfaces contribute to the high-quality appearance.
The case back offers a surprise. It is screwed six times. There is a semi-circular glass viewing window in the middle. Through this you can marvel at the fine automatic movement with its golden accents. For me definitely another highlight of the Astroscope. MeisterSinger has very neatly engraved various specifications around the glass viewing base.
To protect the finely crafted dial, MeisterSinger uses domed sapphire crystal for its Astroscope. This is characterised by its particular durability and resistance to scratches. MeisterSinger Astroscope.
Like the case, the crown is made of polished stainless steel and has a ribbed surface. In combination with the stately size, this guarantees a very pleasant and easy operation. The Astroscope easily withstands a pressure of 5 bar. Dives to a depth of 50 meters are therefore no problem. Of course, this does not make this classic timepiece a diver’s watch, but we do not expect it to do so.
MeisterSinger relies on Swiss know-how and uses a Sellita SW 220-1 automatic movement in the Astroscope. This is known for its durability and robustness. With 26 jewels, the movement generates 28800 vibrations per hour.
The visibility of the movement through the glass bottom made me take off the Astroscope several times in my daily life to admire the fine mechanics with the golden gears. The semicircular rotor has an interesting surface. The MeisterSinger logo with its characteristic crescent is made of golden letters.
A highlight with mythological design – the dial
The dial is the reason why this watch fascinates me so much. To call the design unique is anything but an understatement. Instead of a simple window for the day of the week, the celestial bodies known since ancient times show the days of the week. MeisterSinger thus makes the wearer of the watch read the time a little more like our ancestors. All ancient peoples on Earth tried to tell the time by observing regularities in the movement of the stars in the night sky. Day and night, weeks, months and years. Seven celestials were known, which were assigned to the days of the week:
All the celestials and their symbols can be found on the dial of the Astroscope. A white dot wanders around and indicates the respective day of the week. The mechanics behind it are easy to understand. Below the dial, a week disc with several white dots moves steadily on. By the way: The fact that all the stars can be seen simultaneously in one week only happens about every ten to twelve years. We will experience this special sky constellation again in July 2020. MeisterSinger Astroscope.
The dial of the Astroscope is also very attractive in other respects. The classic and timeless elegance is just typical MeisterSinger. This also applies to the individual hour hand. This unusual way of reading the time usually requires some getting used to. The markings are made in 5-minute increments. This means that you can read the time with a maximum accuracy of five minutes. A date window exists additionally above 6 o’clock. That’s what I call deceleration in everyday life.
The two versions of the Astroscope differ only in the colour of the indices. The symbols for celestial bodies, the numbers and other information are available in “Old Radium” and in blue. Also known from other MeisterSinger watches are the typical colour gradients of the dial.
I liked the readability and the tidiness of the indices. In terms of quality you can only expect the best. That’s what you get. The prints are flawless, the workmanship is perfect.
The bracelet – MeisterSinger Astroscope
I tested the calfskin strap with crocodile embossing. The inside of the bracelet is extremely soft and therefore offers a very pleasant wearing comfort. Often leather bracelets have the characteristic to scratch the wrist in the first days or weeks. I was spared this problem with this bracelet. The wristband variations are slightly different for both colour versions of the Astroscope. For both wristwatches a classic Milanese band is available. For the blue version, the calfskin strap is cognac-coloured, and there is also a saddle leather strap. For the “Old Radium” version, the calfskin strap is brown. The third variation is a black cordovan leather strap.
My conclusion MeisterSinger Astroscope
The Astroscope is a watch for everyone and yet something very special. It convinces as a stylish and classic watch. Jackets, shirts and even leisure wear are no problem for the all-rounder from MeisterSinger. The possible combinations are inexhaustible.
But what impressed me most about this watch is the extraordinary dial. It is different. It tells a story. For me, watches are always special when they have a historical background, for example, which is reflected in the design of the watch. MeisterSinger knows how to tell such stories. The loving eye for detail completes this timepiece very successfully.
Finally, high-quality workmanship always plays a role for me. It is on a very high level here and justifies the price of 1990 euros every time. The Astroscope is interesting for everyone who appreciates classic and timeless design and still wants something very individual.
All technical data of the Astroscope
Sellita SW 220
28800 half oscillations per hour – 4 Hz
Domed sapphire crystal
Stainless steel case with 6-fold screwed glass base
diameter 40 mm
Height 10,5 mm
Gallery MeisterSinger Astroscope
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