ASKANIA is a German watch brand based in Berlin.
In 1871, Carl Bamberg – the son of a horologist and a pupil of Carl Zeiss – established a factory in Berlin, producing pioneering precision instruments for seafaring, observatories, research and expeditions. Thanks to a high level of innovation and reliable technology, ASKANIA became one of the most important German companies for aviation instruments.
In the early days of aviation, hardly a single aircraft was not equipped with ASKANIA onboard instruments, which proved to be reliable in every situation and at any time, day or night. The onboard and pilot watches helped the pioneers of aviation to achieve their record flights and safely bring the first civilian passengers to their destinations.
It was the age of men in their flying crates, commercial flights a distant dream and aircraft instruments were a rarity. ASKANIA recognised very early on the importance of technical support to a safe and reliable flight, and spotted the potential for the company. So it was that at the beginning of the 20th century, ASKANIA began to develop key navigational aids.
Innovation and precision were vital if the manufacturer was to achieve a competitive edge. This uncompromising focus on quality paid off, as by the 1930s and 1940s, hardly an airplane left the ground without ASKANIA instruments.
In 2006 the brand was relaunched by Leonhard R. Müller, re-discoverer, visionary and the spiritual great-grandson of Carl Bamberg. For the maxim remains the same: precision, innovation and fascination made in Berlin, Germany.
Fully maintaining tradition, today’s production of ASKANIA timekeepers perfectly embody the past values that have been responsible for its legendary success:
• Ultra-high precision
• Outstanding reliability
• Functional design
• Robust and indestructible
ASKANIA Watch Collections
Quadriga: The Quadriga watch is ASKANIA´s exclusive homage to the symbol of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate. As part of this line, a strictly limited special edition will be released every year with a special technical feature. The number produced matches the number of years of tradition that ASKANIA has enjoyed since 1871.
ALEXANDERPLATZ: Films, spies, the Cold War, tears and joy: this central Berlin square, with its characters and landmarks, has seen it all. It was the inspiration behind a special watch: the Alex. The Collection comprises elegant automatic timepieces for women and men.
Tempelhof: Tempelhof is a legendary airport in down-town Berlin. An uncountable number of aircrafts have taken off here and many pioneers established world records here in the 20s and 30s guided by ASKANIA’s reliable onboard instruments. The dial’s design follows simply and clearly the basic style of the airport building.
BREMEN: The new ASKANIA line ‘BREMEN’ is reviving the spirit of the three courageous pioneers who crossed the Atlantic for the first time from East to West on a non-stop flight on April 12, 1928. 80 years after this spectacular flight the brand presents the limited edition of this timepiece. All have in common a distinguishing dial in the design of the legendary compass used by Koehl, von Huenefeld and Fitzmaurice.
Heinkel: This pilot wristwatch collection was conceived from the design of the instrumentation of the legendary Heinkel aircrafts. The He 70, nick-named ‘Blitz’ was a single prop plane of the thirties was specifically designed for high speed air traffic. Well-known for its use in the ‘Blitzverkehr’ — the high speed transportation of the German Lufthansa — between Berlin, Cologne and Frankfurt. The top speed was 370 km/h while carrying the pilot and 4 passengers. Of course, the ‘Blitz’ He 70’s cockpit was exclusively fitted with ASKANIA instruments, compass, clock and navigation devices.
Heinkel “Kadett”: The Heinkel He 72 „Kadett“, developed in 1933 as a training-plane was equipped with Instruments from ASKANIA. Countless pilots have trained their skills on this elegant and fast airplane. Following this tradition, ASKANIA designed the new Heinkel “Kadett”, a pilot´s watch for smaller wrists and the female pilot as well.
Elly Beinhorn : Aged 24, Elly Beinhorn — a famous European aviator of the 30’s — flew solo to Africa, got lost without a trace in the Sahara desert and appeared again in Timbuktu after a 90 km walk. She flew with the ‘Argus‘and its just 80 hp to Australia and set many records with her world-famous ‘Messerschmitt Me108 Typhoon‘. Always on board: ASKANIA instrumentation.
Typhoon: ‘Typhoon’ was the nickname Elly Beinhorn gave to her Messerschmitt Me 108. This airplane became legendary for several world records flying non-stop from Rio de Janeiro to New York in 1938, followed by altitude records in 1939. Of course the planes were equipped with ASKANIA instruments which were used to conceive the design for the ‘Typhoon’ collection.
Little Taifun: The “little Taifun“is the entry ticket into the Askania flight club. A pure pilot‘s watch in a smaller case for smaller wrists. Nevertheless this ASKANIA timepiece offers all qualities, today‘s aviatrixes and aviators are looking for: Hour, minute and date are easy to read and extreme reliability and robustness can be taken for granted. All this slightly more subtle than ordinary pilot‘s watches with its smaller case of 39mm in diameter.
Carl Bamberg: Individual precision instruments meeting the highest standards left Carl Bamberg´s workshops into the entire world. The dial of the current Carl Bamberg Chronograph reminds of the marine pocket watches of the famous black sea fleet, made in Berlin-Friedenau.
C. BAMBERG: The rectangular design of the 20s watches, combined with the typical Roman dial of the naval pocket watches of the 19th century, also alternatively with Arabian figures, put out the charm of this model row for not too strong wrists.