Finally, I’m back and finally, I’m taking a look at the Sternglas Automatik prototype that was sent to me a month ago. I’m kind of late to the party due to health issues, but better make this article later than never, haha. You readers probably know that Sternglas is one of my favourite brands when it comes to classic looking, minimal, Bauhaus watches. I have looked at both versions of the Zeitmesser with quartz movements and they both are great watches! But the one thing that I wanted at the time when I was writing the review for the Zeitmesser was that I want the same size, design, but with automatic or hand-wound movement. So they finally delivered, they presented their first automatic watch in Hamburg a bit more than one month ago. I sadly couldn’t make it to the event, but looking forward to their net release, and hopefully, we could have a full coverage of the event 🙂
So the watch that we are looking at is only at the prototype stage so some details could change for the final version. I already can see that from pictures on the website, the dial looks a bit different. Right now you can pre-order the Automatik at their website just for 309€, the regular price is 349€. The watches will start delivering at 10th of June 2018.
Going through the basic specs. You get a nice round stainless steel case. The finishing is polished. The case diameter is 38mm, the thickness is 12,4mm, lug to lug is 42,2mm and lug width is 20mm. I like that the Automatik is kept in the same diameter as the Zeitmesser. I like that classic size, it sits on the wrist so well, and due to those short lugs that slope down, it also wears and feels pretty comfortable on the wrist too. The exhibition case is attached to the case with 6 small screws. The crystal on the exhibition case is sapphire and over the dial sits a domed sapphire glass with AR coating. On the right side, we have a small crown, that is pretty easy to pull ut even if you have big hands like mine. It is also pretty easy to operate. The water resistance is 50m (5ATM).
The dial is basically the same as the Zeitmesser. It is matte white with very thin printed hour markers and minute track. At 12 we have the Sternglas Zeitmesser logo. At 6 we have the “Automatik” which in German is “Automatic” and at 3 o’clock we have the date window. The hands are gloss black and have just a regular stick shape. I like how simple the dial is. You can read the time instantly, it is kept as simple as possible. I would love to see blued hands as it would work so well with the Bauhaus, German design the watch has. You can also get the black dial version which is just reverse of the white dial. Both versions, in my opinion, look great, but the white one is probably my favourite with the brown strap.
The movement they chose is the Miyota 8215. It is a Japan made movement. It has 21 jewels. Beating at 21600 bph or 3Hz (6 half-cycles per second). It is a workhorse movement that Citizen is making from the late 1970s with basically no changes. The only thing I think that this movement lacks is the hacking feature. Again I would like to see a bit better and maybe closer to my hearth movement due to it being hand wound only, and it is the ETA 2801-2. I checked out this movement in the Merci LMM-01 watch and I think it could work with this watch even better to make the case a bit thinner. But of course, the watch would be slightly pricier.
The strap options on this one are the same. You can get it on the buttery smooth leather in black or brown. Definitely one of the best straps fitted from the factory on the watch. And also you can get the stainless steel milanese strap.
Overall I really like this watch. It looks good, it wears well. And the package you get for the price is great too. You get a nicely made stainless steel case, sapphire glass on both sides,, exhibition case back, automatic movement and great design! I would highly suggest you grab this watch, not that I’m paid to say this, I just genuinely like this watch!