Time for sportive peak performance

08/03/2016

From 5th to 21st August, the Olympic spirit will be revived in Rio de Janeiro, when a total of more than 10,000 athletes will be aiming to perform at their absolute best in order to win one of the cherished medals.



Did you know that there is a special historical link between Uhrenfabrik Junghans and the Summer Olympics? At the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, Junghans was the official timekeeper – and thanks to cutting edge technology set new benchmarks in the recording of Olympic times.

By using specially developed instruments, Junghans ensured objective, incontrovertible timekeeping. Key to this was the first ever utilisation of some special technical accomplishments: starting guns that simultaneously sent out a visual, audible and electronic signal, plus photo-electric sensors, digital clocks and indicators that enabled the live times to be shown on television. The athletes, officials and audiences around the world were all equally impressed by the new level of precision. The electronically interconnected starting blocks, starting control systems and double photo-electric sensors made it possible for both the starts and finishes to be unambiguously registered, monitored and documented. In other words: the Junghans technology exposed any false starts. Another advantage was that, for the first time ever, the Junghans equipment enabled clear, individual analysis of every runners' times.

Still image and moving picture cameras at the finishing line also provided clear shots of the finish, which were made available to the press a few moments later, for the first time ever, in colour. At the 1972 Olympic Summer Games in Munich, Junghans thus brought in a new era of timekeeping in sports competition.

The models of the '1972' range revive the spirit of that Olympic summer when Junghans was responsible for great moments of time recording in many different disciplines. As in the individual sports, a striving for innovation is also seen in the modern workings of the timepiece – the models use not only electronic quartz movements, but solar ones as well, which gain their energy from the sun.

The chronographs' stopwatch function enables wearers, whether athlete or not, to measure their own times to exactly one fifth of a second. A clear rim, low-profile case and the strong contrast colours typical of the 1970s make these watches a veritable retro accessory – including in Olympic year 2016 in Brazil.