Unveiled at the WindUp Watch fair in New York on October 20th, this special edition MeisterSinger watch pays tribute to Benjamin Franklin, one of the founding fathers of the United States of America.
Limited to 70 just pieces, this exceptional USA edition is based on an invention by Benjamin Franklin.
MeisterSinger’s single-hand watches embody the power of simplicity and reduction. The single-hand concept dates back to the beginnings of watchmaking. With the Benjamin Franklin Edition, MeisterSinger implements Franklin’s very own 4-hour clock concept and uniquely varies the minimalist functionality of a single-hand dial.
Benjamin Franklin is one of the most outstanding figures in American history. As one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, he is among the personalities who have significantly shaped our Western democracies to this day.
Benjamin Franklin also played a significant role as an inventor. The lightning rod can be attributed to his inventive spirit, and he also developed the precursor to the bifocal glasses and an efficient, non-sooting stove.
Few are aware that in 1733, Franklin also published a clock concept, which he co-developed with the Scottish astronomer James Ferguson.
The concept of the Benjamin Franklin Clock is based on a single hour hand that rotates six times a day, instead of twice. Therefore, after a 360° rotation, 4 hours have passed. When the hand points straight up, it is either 4, 8, or 12 o’clock AM or PM. Thus, the viewer is expected to know which 4-hour period they are currently in.
MeisterSinger Benjamin Franklin Edition
Limited to 70 pieces, the MeisterSinger Benjamin Franklin edition is a distinctive single-hand watch.
The classic 43mm case in stainless steel frames the shiny white dial, which is graphically divided into quadrants. The bold Roman numerals from 1 to 12 are arranged in a spiral towards the center. The centrally placed heat-blued hand performs the timekeeping function.
The Franklin Edition watch houses an ETA/Unitas 6498, modified for the 4-hour concept, with a power reserve of 46 hours. The see-through case back allows one to observe the movement, originally designed for pocket watches.
The impressive mechanical hand-wound movement features sunburst-finished wheels, blued screws, and a bridge decorated with Geneva stripes.
Model: MeisterSinger Benjamin Franklin Edition
4-H-Watch, unique modified Unitas pocket watch movement
46h power reserve
Stainless steel case
Diameter: 43 mm
Water resistance: 5 bar/ 50 meters
4-screws exhibition back
Polished white dial
Calf-leather with croco print, Cognac
Limited to 70 pieces
German brand, Swiss Made