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The new revised Sternglas Zirkel features a solid brushed 316L Stainless Steel case with 50M of water resistance. It is very circular in shape and stays true to the bauhaus theme of German watchmaking. The exact dimensions are definitely modern and wearable coming in at 40MM x 48.5MM x 10MM. The lugs themselves are quite thin and long adding some substance and visual excitement to a rather bleek traditional design. If we jump over to the caseback, a nice detail is the screws holding down the solid caseback along with an exhibition sapphire window for a view of the automatic Miyota 9015. Overall, it fits comfortablly on my wrist without any sharp edges nor errors in production.
Heading to the black dial, you can see it is rather plain and legible. The print work in a white text is very on point and neat. The pencil style brushed hands and thin seconds hand follow along the same Bauhaus and minimalist theme as the printed numerals, allowing for perfection at every visible angle. I do like that they matched the date window at 6:00 with the dial - If it were in white I do not think it would be a good look.
Now, the movement utilized
is certainly a big upgrade from the prior iterations. This time around they chose the automatic Japanese Miyota 9015 calibre. This movement was created by the Citizen group and sort of competes with the other 4HZ movements used in the swiss watchmaking industry. It feaures hand winding, hacking, 24 jewels, and around 40 hours of power reserve. The best part is that it beats at 28,800 BPH allowing for a super smooth continuous sweep of the seconds hand. I do have a lot experience with this movement and can honestly say that they are quite accurate, robust, and reliable.
Genuine Calf Leather Band
I am a big fan of the straps Sternglas creates, and it was no surprise to me this time around the strap was super
comfortable and well made. It is a thin Quick-Release black genuine calf leather band with a brushed buckle. It is definitely one you can wear straight out of the box and does not require a break in period. There are many different strap options they offer, but I figured a black dial watch with a black band would look just right.
Furthermore, the Zirkel V2 certainly shows that Hamburg based Sternglas is trying to constantly
improve their watches with each new edition they release. The quality is there, as well as the design factor. There are much more higher end Bauhaus styled watches with better movements from more prestigious brands of course, but those would cost almost 4 times the ammount of this watch. I think for a well made Bauhaus design German timepiece, at $438 USD you cant really go wrong with the Zirkel. It gets the job done in style at an affordable entry level price - and most definitely will scratch that Bauhaus itch for your collection.