During more than 40 years, Germany has been divided (1949-1990). On one side was the GDR (German Democratic Republic), part of the Eastern Block, under Russian influence. On the other side was the FRG (Federal Republic of Germany), part of the Western Block, under Western Europe and American influence. This ended on 3 October 1990, following the Fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989, with the so-called German Reunification. Since then, this day is known as the “Tag der Deutschen Einheit,” the German Unity Day. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of this crucial historical event, two watchmaking companies, one for the West, one from the East, unify to create special edition models. Meet the MeisterSinger N°03 “30 Jahre Deutsche Einheit” and Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia IV “30 Jahre Deutsche Einheit.”
A scene from the German Reunification, 3 October 1990 – Photo: Der Spiegel, Jörg Schmitt
World War II had a terrific influence on the World, in particular on Europe, which almost immediately after the signature of the armistices has been divided in two blocks, one under American influence, the other under Russian influence – which led to what the World named the Cold War. Right in the middle of that was a country that became two, Germany. Two blocks, the GDR and FRG, separated by a line which physically symbolized the “Iron Curtain” and that separated Western Europe and the Eastern Bloc. And the pinnacle of this separation was to see in Berlin, with the Wall. Still, in 1989, a series of revolutions in nearby Eastern Bloc countries caused a chain reaction in East Germany that ultimately resulted in the demise of the Wall, in November 1989. It took a few more month but on 3 October 1990, German was one again. This date is an important one for German citizens, a date that is celebrated each year with the “Tag der Deutschen Einheit.”
East and West reunited on the back of both watches.
The two watches you’re about to see are celebrating the 30th Anniversary of German Reunification, but also celebrates reunification on a larger scale. On one side is Mühle-Glashütte, a brand located in the south of ex-Eastern Germany (in Glashütte). The other brand, MeisterSinger, is located in Münster, Westphalia (West of Germany, near the Dutch border). And this East-West relation perfectly sums up the idea of reunification.
While very different watches on paper, both brand have decided to use an equal colour scheme, relying on gold, black and red to match with the colours of the German flag. Each brand actually presents two versions of their respective watches, one limited to 30 pieces with gold bezel and accents, the second limited to 60 pieces in steel.
First is the Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia IV “30 Jahre Deutsche Einheit”, a watch based on a classic model for the brand. Measuring 41mm in diameter and 12.6mm in height, it has a typical Glashütte-like design, with a combination of elegance and a certain robustness. The round case is made of stainless steel on both editions, with both having a black dial with applied indexes and a red seconds hand. The bi-colour version adds to that an 18k yellow gold bezel and all the dial elements (hands and markers) gold-coloured. The stainless model is identical on most points, yet the markers are made in a combination of silver and gold. The back of the watch reveals a Sellita SW-200 automatic movement, with a specifically decorated rotor showing the unity between the two brands.
The second piece, the MeisterSinger N°03 “30 Jahre Deutsche Einheit,” is also a classic for the brand. This single-hand watch – a signature display of MeisterSinger – has a 43mm diameter and 11.5mm height. Once again, both editions have a black dial with gold-coloured applied markers and red accents on the dial. The only noticeable difference between the two editions is the addition of a 18k yellow gold bezel on the 30-piece bi-colour limited edition. The watch is also equipped with the same Sellita SW-200 automatic movement, with an identically decorated rotor.
Price and availability
The Mühle-Glashütte Teutonia IV “30 Jahre Deutsche Einheit” and MeisterSinger N°03 “30 Jahre Deutsche Einheit” watches are limited to 30 pieces in bi-colour and 60 pieces in full steel, all respectively priced at EUR 3,490 and EUR 1,990. A donation of EUR 100 to the Heinz-Sielmann Foundation is included in the price.
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