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Junghans Max Bill Automatic
Product Code: 027/4700.00
- Gents Watches
- Date Display
- Movement & Power
- Strap Colour
- Display Type
- Dial Colour
- Strap Material
- Case Width
- 38 mm
- Dial Shape
- Hour Markers
- Water Resistance
- Splashes (30 m)
Case: polished stainless steel case with snap-on back with Max Bill's signature
Diameter: 38 mm
Movement Swiss made ETA 2824-2 25 jewels
Crystal: convex hard plexiglass
Strap: calfskin wrist strap
Polished stainless-steel back and clasp
- Junghans 2 Year Guarantee - fully stamped & dated (where appropriate)
- Instruction Manual
- Presentation Box
The journey starts with Max bill a renaissance man designing this sleek, slender, minimalistic, classic & automatic watch . Carefully manufactured at Junghans by watch artisans.
I have been looking for a timeless watch for long time and came across this watch on first class watches (wholesale/retailer) for a great price match and also a safe shipment service. My watch then traveled five countries for five days through Fedex(Courier) to reach me.
So i would like to finish where i started this watch gets its beauty and timelessness from its design, manufacturing, marketing & courier.
Cons- Having a plexi glass than sapphire glass is a great injustice to this timepiece.
However, we don't buy manual watches for their accuracy, but perhaps as an accessory, and surely for their beauty and craftsmanship. I always have loved the smooth move of the second hand of a manual compared to the cold jump of a quartz watch. And these Bauhaus watches by Max Bill are very beautiful indeed: the size at 38 mm is just right for me; the illumination (Super-LumiNova) at night of the hour/minute hands as well as the dots at 12, 3, 6 and 9 is amazing; and the very nice white dial with a silver touch, the precision of the hands reaching to the very precise minute lines (which makes reading the time very good), or above all that number 4 (Junghans do other models, with black dial, without date, without numbers) are just a superb execution of the Bauhaus principles of form and function; other companies like Stowa or Nomos do Bauhaus designs, but finally I prefer the Max Bill one.
This watch has a few issues, none of which is a problem for me, but it is important to be aware of them:
- I find the crown a bit too small for winding (but then you never do, and there is no problem for setting time and date), though it helps the sense of proportion
- this watch has a hardened plexiglass: it can be scratched (though then also polished in a few minutes at very low cost), but does not easily break, and allows the very curved form
- it is necessary to change the date manually 5 times a year: I can live with that
- above all perhaps, it is not waterproof to any level: no showers, and I take mine off for cooking etc.
Bottom line: tastes differ, but I love the timeless (pun intended) sense of proportion and minimalist beauty of this Bauhaus design Max Bill made for Junghans originally in the early 60s.