German engineering is a standard in many different industries, and when it comes to watchmaking, they have the brands to watch out for. There are a few German watch companies that have been around for over a century, but there’s been a renaissance of watch engineering in the country that’s producing some pretty impressive brands and timepieces. If you want to look outside the Swiss watch market, you can be sure you’ll get the same quality with a German make. We’ve listed here five of the best German watch brands in 2018.
A. Lange & Söhne
This German brand is arguably one of the most popular watchmakers from the country. A. Lange & Söhne has been making great watches since 1845, and not much has changed with the way they make their timepieces. This company only uses prime materials for their watches, which means they actually only use gold and platinum for their metals. The overall look of their designs are generally clean and classic, and any single piece could cost you as much as $100,000. This clearly means that A. Lange & Söhne watches are made for the elite of the society, and if you’re wearing one around your wrist, you can probably boast that you’ve made it.
Considered to be the watchmaking capital of Germany, Glashütte is also home to this company that bears the name of the town. GO or Glashütte Original is known for a few different styles including sports watches and more elegant designs. Some of their timepieces have been inspired by design aspects from the 60s, which make them unique and completely from another time. The best part about GO is the quality of the watches themselves, especially since this brand is a collaboration between the German and the Swiss. Whoever said you can’t get the best of both worlds have never owned a GO watch before. As soon as you put one on, you’ll know the difference between a GO watch and one that is not.
This German brand is fairly young having only been founded in 1999. However, they’ve already established their brand in the industry as some of the most precise watches you could buy. These diver watches are made with high quality in mind and nothing less. If you want a true diver’s watch, you need to get one that can handle depths of up to 3,000 meters. Not many watches out there can do that, but the UTS München brand has a few for you to choose from. It’s also noteworthy to say that the founder of the company, Nicolaus Spinner, creates every single watch that is sold under UTS—every single one. It’s as exclusive as any watch brand could get because he can only make a few hundred watches each year. If you aren’t impressed yet, just wait until you get your hands on one.
If you’re looking for a unique watch, German brand MeisterSinger is the one to get. For starters, this watch only uses one hand to tell the time. If you need precision time telling in your life, then this is not the watch for you. You can only tell time within five-minute increments, so you better be as relaxed with time as possible. His vision is to have a watch with the most basic functions and the highest quality at the same time. The result is ultimately the affordable watch that you can buy today. MeisterSinger has only been around since 2001, but it has already made strong waves in the industry.
Military watches always signify quality and accuracy, but they’re often not pleasing to look at. Stowa takes military watches to the next level by giving them a total upgrade. They look different and feel so much better than the clunky military watches from olden days. However, Stowa didn’t leave the company with just military watches to choose from. There are plent of other styles and designs to suit your fancy, including one that was inspired by an old pocket watch. Any way you go with a Stowa watch, you can pretty much guarantee the best in German timepiece engineering.