Meistersinger GmbH was founded by Manfred Brassler and is based in Münster. It is specialized in the production of mechanical single-hand watches. Brassler wanted to create an alternative to the usual wristwatches with his extraordinary watch design. The source of his inspiration were historical watches, which only had an hour hand. Founded in 2001, the company is considered the world market leader in the field of single-handed watches. The watch manufacturer has a total of 77 single-hand watches in 17 model lines. The watches have been awarded with design prizes of worldwide renown. The range also includes watches that display the day of the week and date. These are driven by an automatic or manual winding movement, which are either produced by the Swiss movement manufacturer ETA and Sellita or - since 2014 - come from their own factories. Meistersinger produces about 10,000 watches a year and sells in over 50 countries worldwide. The largest sales markets are in Germany, the Netherlands, France and the USA.