Krohauser is a recent new Kickstarter brand from the Munsterland region of Germany started by Thomas Bosse and his four man team. Their first model watch from the company is the Kronhauser Automatic. It has already grown to 21 different models, available in completely polished or brushed stainless cases, the watches are offered with Milanese, vintage leather, crocodile pattern leather or velour leather straps. Faces, indices and hands are coordinated to give each design a unique flavor. All of the watches are based on a highly readable, 12 Arabic numeral three hand date design. All models come with a small, magnified 3 o’clock white on black or black on white date window.
Powering all of these watches is the Japanese made Miyota 821A, a 21 jewel, 42 hour standard automatic movement that runs at 21,600 bph. The movement is hacking and hand windable and is rated by Miyota to -20/+40 seconds per day accuracy. My example has been almost COSC perfect in accuracy, which indicates to me that you do not need to spend a fortune to get an extremely accurate automatic watch. I do not know what the expected long term durability is of this movement, but I expect it to be excellent. The movement is visible through a six screw exhibition case back. It shows the Miyota’s cut out rotor that helps display the movement’s above average finishing. The outer edge of the exhibition case back is engraved with the watch brand name, the type of movement, water resistance rating and the country name of Germany. I do not believe this watch is assembled in Germany, but the quality is superb, regardless. The watch crystal is flat sapphire with a slightly raised beveled edge and is rated 5 bar for water resistance.
My example has the completely polished case, but if you tend to be upset about scratches, I recommend purchasing one of the models with the brushed case finish. The case uses almost a squared off bezel design and it measures 40mm in diameter with a specified total watch thickness of 11mm, though I measure it to be about 11.5mm. The polished and signed gear edged crown measures 6 mm in diameter. It is easy to grip and proportioned properly to the size of the watch. I measure the watch lug to lug dimension to be a bit over 47.6mm with 20.5mm between the lugs. I am sure 20mm straps or bracelets fit this watch nicely. My example came with a very high quality, two loop, vintage mocha leather strap with a polished thin buckle. This particular watch has a very dark blue sunburst dial with light brown face markings and hands. Lume is described as “old radium” Luminova on the numerals and hands of the face. This watch doesn’t have dive watch lume quality but is more than acceptable for this type of watch.
What makes this watch a standout is how perfectly it is finished and contoured. It fits my 7 inch wrist perfectly, due to it’s smoothly downward curved lugs. In addition, the lower portion of the sides of the case gradually taper in to meet the case back, resulting in a case back diameter of under 36mm. The readability of the face is superb and is enhanced with the longest minute and second hands I have ever seen. Both of these hands precisely meet the inner edge of the bezel. The 3 o’clock date window is far enough in on the face to not require removal of the “3” from the face of the watch. A cyclops on the crystal is unusual for this type of watch and it leaves almost no space outside of the actual calendar window magnified. Other than the expected 12 long and 48 short indices and the 12 Arabic numerals, the only other printing on the watch face is the perfectly fonted Kronhauser logo and name on the upper half of the face and the word “AUTOMATIC” in a simpler and smaller font on the lower half. The brand logo appears only above the brand name on the watch face and on the crown. “Kronhauser” loosely translates to crown house. The logo represents six small houses.
All in all this is a high quality, no nonsense watch with almost no detail overlooked that does not come off as a homage. It isn’t a pilot or flieger watch style but it gets the job done simply and cleanly. I would like a screw down crown and a higher water resistance rating, but neither can be expected on a watch that is not a dive watch. The future looks bright for Kronhauser as a new Kickstarter brand from Germany. If you sign up to the Kronhauser newsletter, you will receive 10 Euros off of your order. 298 Euros. kronhauser.com
Bert Kanne is a freelance contributor to MBWW with a love for well made dive watches and chronographs. All photos by Bert Kanne unless otherwise noted.