In this series of Watch Stories, we take you into the breathtaking world of Max Bill. The Swiss artist, who unsuccessfully defended himself against New German Anglicisms such as “Designers”, designed a legendary watch collection, which today is very popular with collectors due to their pioneering design and their relative rarity.
The watch presented here is a vintage Junghans Max Bill as described in retro timepiece from the year 1962 in the hand-lift variant with gilded housing. Just like the reissued model, the watch measures 34 millimeters and is thus assigned to the unisex category.
The Junghans Max Bill collection was originally produced in the early 1960s (circa 1961/62 – 1963) and was reissued only in 1997. Originally available with manual lift and as an automatic system, a quartz-operated variant can be found in today’s Max-Bill program.While the hand-held model still has a diameter of 34 millimeters, the housing of the self-extractor has grown from 36 mm to 38 mm. In addition to the simple name Max Bill Chronoscope, a chronograph (40 mm) is now available in the assortment.
All variants are available in stainless steel and gold-plated versions, with Arabic numerals as well as with bar indices and with different bracelets (stainless steel milanaise and calfskin). Especially the ladies’ variant is growing in popularity and has been available in additional colors since this year, including light blue and all white.