Unveiled in January 2022, the Iron Walker Chronograph XL by Wempe Glashütte I/SA is available in black and Nordic blue versions.
The Glashütte based independent family-owned company has been manufacturing precise timepieces in its own watchmakers’ ateliers since 2006. Each one of them has been certified as a chronometer according to the stringent German ISO 3159 standard at the observatory in Glashütte.
In 2020, the company’s two wristwatch lines — Wempe Chronometerwerke, which has its own manufacture calibers, and Wempe Zeitmeister, which features mechanical basic models — were joined by a third: the Wempe Iron Walker, a strikingly sporty stainless-steel watch with an integrated metal wristband. The brand has now launched the new Iron Walker Chronograph XL.
The first automatic chronograph in the Iron Walker line is a powerful combination of functionality, chronometric precision, and sporty features. Wempe Glashütte I/SA is now launching the Iron Walker Chronograph XL in a large format and two color versions as a daily-use alternative for first movers: with a dial in matte black or Nordic blue.
The bezels and the chronograph buttons are coated with natural rubber in harmonizing colors. In addition to the stainless-steel wristbands, exceptionally durable and supple rubber wristbands are also being offered in the Iron Walker line for the first time.
The stainless-steel case with its striking 44-millimeter diameter was designed for style-conscious people who decide for themselves. It creates space for more distinct figures — the best precondition for effortless readability of the chronograph functions.
In addition, a sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides and a Super-LumiNova® coating on the hour and minute hands, as well as the steel hour markers, provide such clearly legible contrasts that the timer can be used in all lighting conditions. An additional function is performed by the rubber-coated stainless-steel bezel, which acts as a shock absorber to lessen impacts.
The totalizers are edged with stainless steel and stand out to provide better readability, with the twelve-hour counter situated at six o’clock and the thirty-minute counter at twelve o’clock. To ensure that the stop-seconds can be read precisely when the stopwatch feature is used, it is centrally mounted and points to the tachymeter scale.
The small seconds subdial is placed at nine o’clock and the date is displayed at three o’clock. This clear arrangement of elements on the dial ensures an optimal overview and gives the watch a harmonious overall appearance.
The chronograph is controlled with two pushbuttons located directly next to the side protectors of the crown. The crown is a screw-in version, as is the case back, in order to guarantee water-resistance to 10 bar (100 meters).
The watch is powered by a proven Swiss self-winding chronograph movement (Caliber SW500) with a power reserve of 48 hours nonstop and a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz).
To ensure that Wempe standards are met, it is mounted in the company’s own ateliers in Glashütte, Saxony, and optimized with an eccentric fine adjustment. This work is performed with such precision that it passes the stringent German chronometric testing according to the ISO 3159 standard, with a maximum average rate variation of only two seconds per day when mounted in the case.
Model: Wempe Glashütte I/SA Iron Walker Chronograph XL
Ref. WI40 0001: Stainless steel case, black dial, and black rubber strap
Ref. WI40 0002: Stainless steel case, Nordic blue dial, and Nordic blue rubber strap
Ref. WI40 0003: Stainless steel case, black dial, and stainless steel bracelet
Ref. WI40 0004: Stainless steel case, Nordic blue and stainless steel bracelet
Caliber SW500, self-winding movement
Balance frequency: 28,800 (4 Hz) vibrations/hour
Movement dimensions: Round, Ø 30.00 mm; 13 1/4‘‘
Escapement: Swiss lever escapement
Power reserve: 48 hours
Chronometry: German chronometer officially tested according ISO 3159
Hour, minute, second, date display and stopwatch functions with center second hand, minute and hour counters
Screw-in crown for setting the hands and the winding system, two buttons for the stopwatch functions of the chronograph
Stainless steel; diameter 44 mm
Crown, button, and bezel with a rubber coating
Sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating on both sides
Bezel with a rubber coating in black or Nordic blue
Water-resistant to 10 bar
Black or Nordic blue, steel hour markers with Super-LumiNova®
Hands Rhodium-plated with Super-LumiNova® luminous mass
Stainless-steel wristband with a folding clasp or a rubber strap with a folding clasp in black or Nordic blue
Suggested retail price
5,075 USD/ 4,395 EUR/ 3,870 GBP