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The Watch of Pope Benedict XVI

Volker Kauder who presides over the parliamentary group formed by the party CDU/CSU hands over a watch to the Pope. The brand is called "Erhard Junghans Tempus Automatic".

Backside of watch Pope Benedict XVIJunghans Uhr Papst Benedikt XVI



Buchausschnitt Peter Seewald Armbanduhr Benedikt XVI.

"Somebody told me that you are fond of enduring clockworks. You wear a watch made by Junghans in the 60s or 70s."

"It used to belong to my sister who left it to me. It was handed over to me when she died."

Excerpt from:
Benedikt XVI. - Licht der Welt - Ein Gespräch mit Peter Seewald, Herder Verlag, Freiburg im Breisgau 2010, ISBN 978-3-451-32537-3

"Joseph Ratzinger (83), known as Pope Benedict XVI, made it onto the title page of a Russian magazine. Documenting the thoughts of celebrities on the purchase of valuable watches, the supplement "Stil" of the Russian daily newspaper "Kommersant" allegedly found out that the highest shepherds of the Catholics knows the earthly time by a glance either on a German "Junghans" or a Swiss "Patek Philippe Calatrava" . The latter is about 10,000 €. Apparantly, Patriatch Kirill, head of the Russian-orthodox church, is fond of even more luxurious items. According to "Stil", he wears a Breguet Classique "Le réveil du tasr". The matter of expense here is about 20,000 €."

Der Spiegel, issue no. 52, 27 Dec 2010
According to an interview given to Peter Seewald by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, the brandname of the watch is most likely "Erhard Junghans" (i.e. not Patek Philippe).


© Uhren Koller - Galerie Rudolf
Margot Koler handing over the papal watch "Benedict XVI" on the occasion of a general audience.


Papstuhr Uhren Koller

© Uhren Koller - Galerie Rudolf
The case is made from polished stainless steel. The snow-white clock-face is engraved with the name of Benedict and the Roman numbers X, V, and I. The hands are rose golden. The Swiss hand-wound movement is rose golden and engraved by hand. Furthermore, the watch is covered by sapphire glas plates from both sides. The model is limited to 50 numbered pieces.
hand-wound movement calibre Peseux 7001, diameter of the case: 39 mm, height: 7 mm

Ruecksite Papstuhr Uhren Koller

© Uhren Koller - Galerie Rudolf
There are 3 symbols of faith on the back of the papal watch:

St Peter's Basilica, the Bible and a crosier



Newspaper articles:
Der Papst trägt Junghans, Schwarzwälder Bote, 26 Nov 2010

The Pope Gets A Free Erhard Junghans Watch
,, 1st of July 2009 
Papstuhr Benedikt - web page of the company Uhren Koller, Galerie Rudolf, Fürstenfeldbruck

Domradio - Tausche Papstuhr gegen ..., 28 Nov 2008