1989

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On its dial, the special model 1989 by the independent Glashütte watch manufactory Moritz Grossmann shows the streets around the infamous border post Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, which separated Friedrichstraße from the Zimmerstraße to Kochstraße junctions during the Cold War. This is where American and Soviet tanks faced each other on 25 October 1961 when the hitherto “Cold” War threatened to heat up.

Based on the colours of NATO flags and the former Warsaw Pact, the hands of the 1989 are blue and red. The sapphire glass back on the rear of the watch is decorated with a laser engraving in the form of an outline of Berlin during the time it was divided into the western sector on the one side and the eastern sector on the other, as well as the inscription of the anniversary date of the opening of the Wall on 9 November.

The Calibre 100.1

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Tech Specs

Movement

Manufactory calibre 100.1, manual winding, regulated in five positions

Special features

Grossmann balance; hand setting override and start of movement with lateral pusher; space-saving modified Glashütte stopwork with backlash; adjustment with Grossmann micrometer screw on cantilevered balance cock; pillar movement with 2/3 plate and pillars made of untreated German silver; hand-engraved 2/3 plate, balance cock and escape-wheel cock hand-engraved; broad horizontal Glashütte ribbing; 3-band snailing on the ratchet wheel;raised gold chatons with pan-head screws; separately removable clutch winding mechanism; stop seconds for hand setting

Functions

Hours and minutes, subsidiary seconds with stop second, Grossmann manual winder with pusher

No. of parts

198

Jewels

20 Steine, davon 3 in verschraubten Goldchatons

Escapement

Lever escapement

Oscillator

Shock-resistant Grossmann balance with 4 inertia screws and 2 poising screws, Nivarox 1 balance spring with No. 80 Breguet terminal curve, Gustav Gerstenberger geometry

Balance

Diameter: 14.2 mm, frequency: 18,000 semi-oscillations/hour

Power reserve

42 hours when fully wound

Operating elements

Crowns in stainless steel to wind the watch and set the time and the date, pusher in stainless steel to start the watch

Case dimensions

Diameter: 41.0 mm, height: 11.35 mm

Movement dimensions

Diameter: 36.4 mm, height: 5.0 mm

Case

Three-part, precious metal

Hands

Manually crafted, in polished stainless steel with Hy-Ceram filling

Crystal/display back

Sapphire crystal, antireflective coating on one side

Strap

hand-stitched calf leather with prong buckle in stainless steel

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