Making sure that the watches go right

Deputy museum director takes care of the historical collection in the watch museum

The watches in the German Watch Museum Glashütte are wound several times a month. For more than a year, the deputy museum director Mr. Jürgen Franke has personally taken care of this task. As a master watchmaker, he has an eye for whether everything is in order with the exhibits and can lend a hand if there are any problems. His many years of expertise well support his responsibility for the museum’s collection. In his function as deputy museum director, he not only administers the museum objects, but also specifically monitors the state of preservation of the watches, some of which are unique. Care and maintenance of historical timepieces is nothing new for him. Most recently he worked in the restoration workshop for many years, which is today’s historical atelier of the manufactory Glashütte Original. Historical Glashütte watches are restored there according to customer requests. During a tour of the museum’s permanent exhibition, you can take a look inside the workshop.

Anyone who would like to look over the master watchmaker’s shoulders during his work can do so on the YouTube channel of the German Watch Museum Glashütte. In short video sequences, Jürgen Franke explains the special features of the astronomical art watch of Hermann Goertz, one of the masterpieces (outstanding objects) in the exhibition.