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A More Compact 38mm Case for the Classic MeisterSinger No.03

The brand’s signature time-only reference shrinks in size but gains in power.

| By Rebecca Doulton | 2 min read |
MeisterSinger No03 38mm

Single-hand watches are the mainstay of German brand MeisterSinger. Proving that single-handed watches can perform multiple functions, MeisterSinger has produced a rich collection, ranging from straightforward time-only models all the way up to a sophisticated repeater or a jumping hour dive watch. Today, MeisterSinger releases three iterations of its classic time-only No.03 model in a more compact case size with three dial colours and an automatic movement with a slightly longer power reserve.

MeisterSinger No03 38mm

The new No.03 models with a 38mm diameter join this collection’s larger 43mm and 40mm editions. Having a more compact case means the watch will appeal to both men and women with narrower wrist circumferences, a consideration that is being adopted across the board by watch brands today. Not only is it smaller, but thanks to the incorporation of a Sellita SW300 automatic, the case is flatter and thinner (no mention of the case height provided in the press release). The stainless steel case, with its mix of polished and brushed surfaces, has a large, easy-to-grip crown. With a sapphire crystal over the dial front and an exhibition caseback, the No.03 is water-resistant to 50m.

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Available in signature MeisterSinger colours, the new No.03 comes with an ivory dial with black numerals, a sunburst blue dial with white numerals and a white dial with golden numerals. While some of the larger 43 and 40mm models have a circular date window, the new 38mm watches only deliver the hours and minutes in signature MeisterSinger style.

MeisterSinger No03 38mm

Reading the time on any MeisterSinger watch takes a few seconds to master. The hours, all inscribed in double digits for symmetrical considerations, are separated by 144 markers, each representing an increment of five minutes. The bolder markers represent 15, 30 and 45 minutes past the hour. Relying on a long central hand with a thin needle-like tip, the hand alights perfectly on the peripheral track. In the photographs, for example, the time is 1:45.

MeisterSinger No03 38mm

Secured by six screws, the caseback is fitted with a window to reveal the Sellita SW300 automatic movement, an upgrade to the Sellita SW200 with its modest 38h power reserve equipped inside the larger models. As a clone of the ETA 2892, the Sellita SW300 is 1mm slimmer than the SW200 and boosts the power reserve to a more reasonable 42 hours. Like other MeisterSinger watches, the rotor is customised.

The three new references are fitted with leather straps with a crocodile print and will join the permanent No.03 collection. The price is to be confirmed. More information at

2 responses

  1. I do not understand as it is hard to read time with one hand and now a smaller size?

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