When we speak of watches related to aircrafts, the pilot watches from major Swiss watch brands are usually the first things that come to our mind. Actually there are a few more notable German watch brands in the market that are worth your attention. The Zeppelin watch is one of these quality brands.
Officially launched in 2002 by the POINTtec Group, the Zeppelin watch brand is fairly new to the worldwide market. Inspired by the legendary airship manufacturer Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the brand has produced a series of reliable German made watches. With distinctive design, high German quality as well as approachable price package, the brand has quickly garnered certain popularity amongst pilot watch lovers from all over the globe. Its wide range of watches both for men and women have demonstrated a perfect combination of modern trends and classic design, crafted with the highest technical quality.
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Popular Zeppelin Watch Collections
Within these 20 years the Zeppelin watch brand has already grown into an impressive family housing a wide range of timepieces in different styles, from its flagship aircraft watches to classic dress watches.
The Flatline is one of the iconic Zeppelins models that carry the brand’s latest and most exciting features. It is equipped with a robust 316L stainless steel case measuring 40mm diameter and 12mm of thickness. Inside the case, it is fitted with a refined mechanical self-winding movement which was modified by the brand. This Zeppelin Flatline model also includes a small GMT sub counter and retrograde power reserve indicator on the dial. From its rugged look to exceptional performance, it is an enjoyable piece that you can appreciate from head to toe.
Zeppelin 100 Years
To honor the achievement of the well respected airship maker, the Zeppelin 100 Years series was introduced right at the 100th year anniversary of the creation of Ferdinand Zeppelin’s first airship. This model is an elegant and clean pilot watch which features an appealing black and white contrasting dial. This 42 mm 316L stainless steel timepiece is powered by an improved Swiss made 5020.B quartz movement from Ronda.
Zeppelin Count Zeppelin LZ127
Named after one of the most successful airships of Count Zeppelin, the Zeppelin LZ127 watch model is indeed meant to be a pilot style timepiece. Made from high-quality 316L stainless steel, the 40 mm watch features a stylish and delicate open heart dial. Inside the timeless look lies a modified mechanical self-winding movement that you can view through the open heart dial.
Zeppelin LZ129 Hindenburg
Together with LZ127, the Zeppelin LZ129 Hindenburg has brought popularity and success to the brand. This model is available in several versions that appeal to a wide variety of audiences with its timeless charm. The Zeppelin pilot watch features a 40mm stainless steel case and classic black numerals and black hour/minute hands. It is powered by a premium mechanical self-winding movement with a date display complication.
Finally let us introduce an elegant dress watch of the brand. The Zeppelin Nordstern is a collection that offers a series of Zeppelin dress watches for men. Measuring 44 mm in diameter, it is a really well balanced classic watch for everyday use. Simple but not too plain, classic but not old-fashioned, this 41mm Zeppelin watch is an ideal pick to blend well with any of your outfits on both causal and official occasions.
History of Zeppelin Watches
Zeppelin is a German watch brand under its parent company, POINTtec electronic GmbH, registered in Ismaning near Munich. The POINTtec company was first founded in 1987 by Willi Birk. At first most of his watches were made in France and after the fall of the Berlin wall, he relocated his factory back to Germany. This is where most of the watches from POINTtec are being produced now. Today his company is already one of the biggest watch manufacturers in Germany.
At that time the company was mainly producing radio-controlled timepieces and in 1996 it launched the Junker watch brand as a more interesting line. They began designing a variety of styles. The group is now holding several brands specified for different purposes, including Iron Annie, Maximilian München. At the same time it also acquired the “Zeppelin” trademark and decided to create a new line referenced from the legacy of the famous aircraft engineer, the German Count Ferdinand Graf Von Zeppelin.
In 2002, the new watch brand Zeppelin was officially launched. It is named after Ferdinand von Zeppelin, the legendary engineer who pioneered legit airship development in the early 20th century. Zeppelin draws inspiration for their beautifully crafted watches from Ferdinand Graf Von Zeppelin.
In 1900 Ferdinand Graf Von Zeppelin started to set up workshops and developed the whole mechanism and parts for airships from engines, gear transmissions, to cellular gas bodies. Ferdinand Zeppelin had made an overall total of over 100 airships from 1900 to 1938. Numerous of his airships including LZ 127 Graf Zeppelin and the LZ 129 Hindenburg are considered as some of the greatest milestones in aviation history. The revolutionary design and groundbreaking innovations of Zeppelin had greatly contributed to the industry that resulted in some of the most significant inventions in aviation history.
Serving as a symbol of innovation and achievement, POINTtec has taken both the name and the spirit to produce its own timepieces with the best quality. Historically inspired, the Zeppelin watches are made aiming to be a solid reminder of what people can create and achieve. Each Zeppelin watch is carefully crafted with the same level of innovation, and quality craftsmanship that Ferdinand Zeppelin did for his airships.
Focusing on pilot's watches and chronographs inspired by the legendary airships, all Zeppelin watches are designed and developed by experienced and skillful watchmakers in Germany while labeling as “Made in Germany ''. In cases of outsourced parts and components, POINTtec would use only top class suppliers for luxury watches. For its lower price range, the brand would use reliable quartz movements from renowned manufacturers including ETA and Ronda, while the more premium models would be fitted with high quality mechanical movements from ETA, Sellita, Citizen/Miyota or SII.
Using a mixture of Swiss-made movements and Japanese movements sourced from renowned suppliers, the Zeppelin watches are able to be available at an affordable range in satisfying quality. Discreet, precise and reliable, these German-made watches are well made for watch lovers who are fond of German craftsmanship and pilot watches.