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On 15 April 1861 Erhard Junghans created the company "Junghans und Tobler" together with his brother-in-law Jakob Zeller-Tobler in Schramberg.
The company began to produce wristwatches in 1927. Beginning in the 1950s, the virtuoso[peacock term] designer Max Bill created clocks and watches for Junghans and the relationship lasted many years. A remarkable example of his work is a wall clock he designed in 1956/57 that is in the collection of The Museum of Modern Art (New York). In 1962 Bill also created mechanical wristwatches for Junghans – impressive timepieces, not only for their aesthetic design, but also their precision.[peacock term]
In the late 1980s, Junghans introduced the first radio-controlled table clock on the world market. In 1990 the first radio-controlled wristwatch, called the MEGA 1, followed. In 1995 Junghans presented a solar powered watch with ceramic housing. Junghans developed with the Japanese clock maker Seiko a globally oriented wristwatch, which automatically sets the local time in respective time zones.
Junghans defence industry
The Junghans Microtec GmbH produces fuse-technology for artillery, mortar, medium-calibre, tanks, anti-tank and cruise missiles. Junghans Microtec is located in the small town of Dunningen-Seedorf close to Schramberg. The company produces fuses for 76mm to 203mm. The small German tank Wiesel AWC uses the Junghans fuse MFZ/M as a standard performance.