Junghans, Maybach and Daimler - a close friendship
At the end of the 19th century motoring was no banal activity, it was an adventure in its own right. An adventure that Arthur Junghans plunged into with passion: in 1892 he bought one of the first Daimler test cars, delivered to him by Wilhelm Maybach in person. A close friendship existed between the technically-minded Swabians Arthur Junghans, Wilhelm Maybach and Gottlieb Daimler.
Inventiveness in Schramberg
Their meetings at the villa of Arthur Junghans served to generate ideas, with these in turn producing numerous significant inventions, such as worm gear steering and the idea for electrical ignition. Today, cars have long become everyday objects, but the early models continue to radiate a strong aura of fascination – just like the first Schramberg-produced car clocks.
As predecessors to the modern tachometer, car clocks not only displayed the time – they also enabled speed to be determined by measuring the time taken to travel known distances. With the patented "speed measuring device" from 1905 Arthur Junghans’ son Oskar succeeded in setting a milestone in this field. The measuring method was based on measuring the rotation speed of an automobiles wheel with the uniformly turns of a gear wheel.