Deutsche Uhremacher-Genossenschaft Alpina

A nice new aquisition to my collection – the Dugena Calendar Moonphase.  For those unfamiliar with the name “Dugena” it was established in 1917 in Eisenach as a branch of the Swiss brand Alpina.  The name is an acronym of “Deutsche Uhrenmacher-Genossenschaft Alpina“ (German watchmaker association Alpina) and soon became a brand in it’s own right.  A somewhat fragmented ownership over the years in 2009 it became part of the the newly founded “Nova Tempora Uhren und Schmuck GmbH” and is becoming a collectible brand worldwide.

Dugena Calendar Watch

Dugena Calendar Watch

40mm x 9mm so nice and slim, elegant too with its beautifully formed gold plated stainless steel case. With a silver dial and separate Month and Day windows, a Day pointer in blue. The hour, minute and centre seconds hands are polished gold and the moonphase a colourful sight which matches the deep blue cabochon inset to the gold knurled crown.

This is what they call a quartz analogue – with mechanical month and day wheels plus the moon-phase.  The quartz movement used is the Miyota 6P80 and I have found it to be accurate and very reliable.  It has a recessed pusher to adjust the month and the crown has two pull-out positions for setting the time, day and moon indicator.
Don’t confuse the moon-phase with a day and night indicator.  It works on a 29.5 day cycle and is normally set either at new or full moon.  Setting the watch is quite tricky as the different parameters have to be set within certain times.  The Month and Date are neatly synchronised too, which makes it quite a careful process.

Polished gold back

Polished gold back

On the wrist

On the wrist

The solid case back is polished gold and engraved with the serial number and water resist info – the watch is 5 bar resistant, so not for swimming. The crystal is sapphire so pretty scratch resistant.

It comes with a nice soft matte reptile strap of 19.5mm length and 20mm ( at the lug) tapering to 16mm at the polished Dugena gold engraved buckle.

All in all a rather elegant watch with a beautiful case design reminiscent of Jaquet Droz and it makes for an excellent addition to my collection.

The style of this particular Dugena model is very pleasing though perhaps sadly may not be available now and I don’t see it in todays line-up, which will be a real shame in my opinion.  But as the company will once again soon be fully German owned and driven, they are certainly worth a look.

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One thought on “Deutsche Uhremacher-Genossenschaft Alpina

  1. Excellent introduction to a really nice looking watch. It really is an elegant one and a super addition to any collection. I have an older Dugena vintage 1960 watch which is also that little bit special.
    Your images by the way are really super.
    I like your new blog and look forward to more articles.
    Best – Thom.

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