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Junghans returns to radio-controlled timekeeping for contemporary family of Mega watches


Junghans has added the accuracy of radio-controlled timekeeping to a modern day re-invention of its Mega family from the 1990s.

The old Mega platform might have been labelled the first smartwatch around quarter of a century ago, with its connectivity via radio waves to masts beaming time correction information.

The 2018 J101 radio-controlled manufacture movement is being used in new collections of Max Bill and Meister watches that retain all of their minimalist characteristics expected from the German designer.

The only sign that they are radio-controlled is the appearance of the Mega logo on their dials.

The radio-controlled  movement guarantees precision when it is in range of a timekeeping radio signal. On three continents, including Europe, the time is received via a time signal with a deviation of just 0.006 seconds in one million years.

If the watch is outside of the reception range, it continues to run automatically with a maximum time deviation of 8 seconds a year.

The Max Bill Mega and Meister Mega watches automatically adjust to the correct time every day. When travelling to another time zone, the time can be adjusted via the crown, either in hourly steps or by using the stored time zones, without losing the precision of the seconds.

The Max Bill Mega collection, which uses a steel 38mm case, will sell for around $1000.



  1. I bought one of these (top image – grey strap) around May last year. It looked superb and it was fine for a bit. And lovely to have the date change when necessary. The secondhand started spinning when I took the MEGA watch off before a shower. The vendor corrected it to within 2 seconds – near enough I thought.
    In October I went to India for a month but no time change! Useless.
    Since early November I have been without a watch! Apparently the MEGA has a new mechanism (2 years old). After several attempts I was promised that my watch would be mended by today 14 Feb 2020. I don’t have it!
    Neither do I have the £750 that I spent. As a retired architect I am sure Max Bill would be very embarrassed.

    If there is anyone at Junghans who can get my money back or better my watch that works I would be very pleased. No automated reply. I want to deal with a real person that will help me.


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