It’s not like we here in the UK have much in the way of skiing and it doesn’t seem like we’ll be able to head anywhere particularly snowy before the end of the season. Still, at least we can gets in the spirit of winter sports with what might well be the coolest Junghans of the past few years, the 1972 Automatic FIS Edition.
As the name suggests, the FIS Edition has been designed as the official timepiece of the FIS Nordic World Ski Championships due to happen at the end of March. Taking place over 13 days in Oberstdorf expect death-defying feats of downhill speed and agility. Provided nothing happens between now and then. Fingers crossed.
Few watches suit the snow as readily as the Junghans 1972. Between its robust, 46.9mm, stainless steel tonneau case, a 3-point shock absorber and 300m water resistance, it’ll take an avalanche to stop the J830 automatic movement inside.
The fittingly snow white dial is paired with a bright blue and red inner bezel for the second time zone, operable via the 2 o’clock crown. You can tell the difference between crowns even more clearly as the 2 o’clock one is capped with a snowflake, while the 4 o’clock crown used to set the time instead uses the Junghans star. You know, if their positions didn’t make it easy enough.
Both crowns are protected by an extended piece of case metal, just for that extra bit of protection against knocks and bumps from snow-submerged rocks. Or snowboarders. It’s always the snowboarders.
The FIS Edition is available on two different straps. The first is perforated white leather underpinned by blue on one side, red on the other. It matches the watch… but perhaps a little too much. The other is plain blue with a grey underside. It’s far more subtle and works nicely with the dark blue minute track.
Limited to 500 pieces, the 1972 Automatic FIS Edition will set you back £1,575, relatively pricey for a Junghans but fantastic for a watch this cool.
Price & Specs:
Model: Junghans 1972 Automatic FIS Edition
Case/Dial: 46.9mm diameter, stainless steel
Water Resistance: 300m (30 bar)
Movement: Calibre J830, automatic
Frequency: 28,800 vph (4 Hz)
Power Reserve: 48h
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date, second time zone at 2 o’clock, time adjustment and winding at the 4 o’clock
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet or leather strap in either dark blue or white
Price/Availability: £1,575, limited to 500 pieces
More details at Junghans.