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A Detailed Guide to Junghans’ Max Bill Watches

Since Junghans was founded by Erhard Junghans in 1861, the brand has constantly strived for excellence. Each timepiece the brand creates is truly elegant and is made with high quality parts. We have put together a detailed guide to Junghans’ Max Bill watches to help you to find the perfect Max Bill model for you. The Junghans Max Bill collection was designed by Max Bill. Bill was an architect, painter, sculptor and product designer, making him the perfect person to design this iconic collection. Max Bill was influenced by the Bauhaus philosophy of everything being stripped back to the essentials. Each timepiece is well designed and practical for everyday use.

Many of Max Bill’s designs are viewed as design icons with brands worldwide striving to create the same aesthetic. The designs of these watches remain practically unchanged from the original 1961 styles, reinforcing the timelessness of these models. The watches still have the same puristic dials and rounded numerals which are protected by convex crystal. It is impossible to improve on Max Bill’s original designs, but Junghans has enhanced the quality and comfort of the timepieces, with the latest addition being a sapphire crystal. The collection features a variety of models, meaning that there is sure to be a perfect Max Bill timepiece for every collector.

Junghans Max Bill Models

Handaufzug – Hand-winding

A Detailed Guide to Junghans' Max Bill Watches

The handwound Max Bill watches are the original design within the collection. These watches have no unnecessary embellishments to distract from the elegant simplicity of the dial design. Each dial is detailed with luminous dots to ensure that the dial can be read, even in the dark. These watches are powered by a traditional hand-wound movement that gives them a vintage and classic feel. The dial is design especially for optimal readability.

Junghans Max Bill Handaufzug Black Dial Black Strap Sapphire Crystal 27/3702.02

This model exhibits an all-black design, giving it a striking and versatile style. Black is a colour that can easily be paired with any outfit for any occasion, so this watch is a great everyday timepiece. The black dial is detailed with white Arabic numerals alongside silver hour, minute and second hands. No other unnecessary complications are added to the dial, allowing the minimalist design to speak for itself. The hand-wound movement that powers the watch is housed within the stainless steel case. This model is secured on the wrist using a classic and comfortable black leather strap.


Junghans Max Bill Automatic watch won the Red Dot Design Award in 2018. This award commendates the sheer brilliance of the design and the movement of this timepiece. This model has the same characteristic and logical dial as the other models in the collection. Its design reflects the minimalism and constant innovation that the brand strives towards. The watches in this category are powered by the movement of the wearer’s wrist.

Junghans Max Bill | Automatic | Beige Leather Strap | Sapphire Glass 027/3502.02

This automatic model is design in shades of white and beige to create a versatile neutral colour palette. The watch exhibits a white dial with clear and easy to read numerals. The hands feature luminous detailing, meaning that the time can be read in the dark. The dial is protected by sapphire crystal and framed by a stainless steel case. The watch is finished with a beige leather strap that completes the neutral look. This model is powered by an automatic movement that provides up to 38 hours of power reserve.


A Detailed Guide to Junghans' Max Bill Watches

The Max Bill Chronoscope models focus on the bare essentials. Despite the dials being adorned with additional complications, the Chronoscope models still manage to maintain the clean and simple aesthetic that is characteristic of the Max Bill line. The balanced look of the two sub-dials creates a striking symmetry on the watch dial. These models also feature a date aperture to keep the wearer well-informed.

Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope | Steel Mesh Strap | Sapphire Crystal 27/4003.46

This model features a white dial which is decorated with the simple Arabic numerals and hour, minute and second hands that the Max Bill collection is so well-known for. However, the Chronoscope models also feature two sub-dials, one at 12 o’clock and the other at 6 o’clock. A date aperture is also featured at 3 o’clock on the dial. A stainless steel case frames the dial. It measures 40mm in diameter to create an eye-catching look on the wrist. To continue the silver colour palette, the watch is secured using a stainless steel Milanese bracelet. This bracelet gives this classic timepiece a modern edge.

Kleine Automatic

Junghans states that the Max Bill Kleine Automatic watches are a must-have for watch aficionados. These timepieces make a beautiful addition for fans of the Junghans brand or any watch lovers. This model uses the same case size as the first Max Bill models from 1961 with a diameter of just 34mm. Smaller case sizes give a watch an elegant and vintage look which is perfect for any fashion conscious watch wearers.

Junghans Max Bill | Kleine | Automatic | Grey Leather Strap 27/7108.02

The unusual colour palette used in the design of this timepiece will make it stand out on the wrist. The dial of the watch is a soft grey colour and is detailed with black Arabic numerals. A date aperture is positioned at 3 o’clock on the dial and is accompanied by gold hour, minute and second hands. The automatic movement that powers this watch is housed within a gold PVD plated stainless steel case. The gold tone of the metal makes this timepiece a very fashionable choice. This model is finished with a stylish taupe-coloured leather strap.


A Detailed Guide to Junghans' Max Bill Watches

The Damen watches are the purpose-built women’s timepieces within this detailed guide to Junghans’ Max Bill watches. This range adds some fresh colours to the original puristic design. Each of these watches is equipped with a Quick Release strap, meaning that the strap can be swapped out for another quickly and easily. The aesthetic of the Damen range demonstrates the unification of practical value and beauty.

Junghans Max Bill Damen | Cream Calf-Skin Strap | Sapphire Crystal 47/4252.02

The flattering pale colour scheme of this timepiece gives the watch a subtle feminine charm. The white dial is decorated with easy to ready Arabic numerals and a date aperture. The striking white shade of the dial ensures that it truly stands out at the centre of the watch. This dial is protected by convex sapphire crystal that has been treated with an anti-reflective coating. A stainless steel case houses the quartz movement that powers this model. The watch is secured using a cream calfskin leather strap that will be comfortable to wear for long periods of time.


The Quartz models in the Max Bill collection are all powered by a reliable quartz movement. These movements are high quality to ensure that they are entirely dependable. Junghans built this variation of the Max Bill in order to provide collectors with a watch that could be ready to wear at all times. The Quartz Max Bill watches are a reliable companion in daily life.

Junghans Max Bill Quartz | Brown Leather Strap | Gold Plated Case 41/7872.02

This model has a classic and minimalist design with a traditional colour palette. This means that the watch will fit seamlessly into any watch collection. The white dial exhibits the simple numerals that are characteristic of the Max Bill range. Gold hour, minute and second hands are set at the centre of the dial. They perfectly complement the gold PVD coated stainless steel case that frames the dial. This case houses the reliable battery powered quartz movement that keeps the watch ticking. This model is finished with a classic and timeless brown soft leather strap.

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