Tuesday, May 12, 2020

The Circularis Automatic

From Meister Singer -
Courtesy of MeisterSinger
This is the Circularis Automatic.  As mentioned in this space previously, I was (quite possibly) one of, if not the first MeisterSinger owners in the US when I bought a beige dial, manual winding model from Seregin's in San Francisco back in 2003.  If my memory serves, it was a choice between that and a rather unusual Tissot World Time model that had all of the former Portuguese colonies indicated as time zones - Portugal, Brazil, Macau... well, you get the idea.  At that time (at least as far as I know) you could have a manual wound MeisterSinger in 2 or 3 colors.  That was it.  

Things have obviously progressed in the last 17 years, and there are a plethora of colors and even movement options.  So let's get back to the topic at hand.
Courtesy of MeisterSinger
The movement is noted in the MeisterSinger description as the MSA01.  My understanding (and this is not stated as absolute fact) is that this is based on either (depending upon who is supplying at a given time) the ETA 2824-2 or the Sellita equivalent, the SW200-1.  There are some nice details, and the finishing with the cut-out of the MeisterSinger logo on the rotor is a nice touch.

This is, don't forget, a one-handed watch and it can take a wee bit of time to get used to.  And even then, admittedly, it is not everyone's cup of coffee.  But this one speaks to me.  The juxtaposition of a black dial with what MeisterSinger refers to, as "Old Radium" makes for a much more visible time reading experience.  And the red tip on the hour hand and the three 1/4 indices (12, 3, 6 and 9) gives it that extra bit of pop.

Here are the pertinents, straight from the source -

29 jewels
28800 Semioscillations per h – 4 Hz
Power reserve 120 h

Stainless steel case with 4-screwed exhibition back
Diameter 43 mm
Height 13.5 mm
Domed Sapphire Crystal
Water resistant to 5 bar 

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