Junghans Max Bill Chronoscope Ref. 027/4502.00 steel chronograph wristwatch
A stainless steel automatic chronograph wristwatch with date and registers
In 1961 Max Bill designed his first wristwatches for Junghans having already produced clocks for the firm in the 1950s. Studying at the Bauhaus in Dessau and later setting up his own school of design, the aesthetic values that Bill developed and honed were brilliantly translated onto the dials of his watches. Bill’s watches were ideally suited to the 1960s, an era that witnessed an increasing focus on clean, pared-down designs in which the emphasis was on utility and clarity of display. The contemporary Max Bill series of wristwatches are, in design, little changed from the originals and this is most clearly demonstrated in their use of slim baton indexes and specially created Arabic numerals. These modern watches are produced by Junghans in consultation with the heirs of the designer and the Max, Binia & Jakob Bill Foundation. For more information on Max Bill himself, head over to our Journal where you’ll find a brief potted history together with pictures of the man himself and some of his creations.
The calibre J880.2 movement features a quick date set facility – whilst the date will change each day at midnight, it can be quickly advanced when the crown is pulled out to its first setting. Please note that the photograph demonstrating luminescence is taken in a studio setting (i.e. from bright light to sudden darkness and therefore will not appear as brightly when in constant darkness).
These watches are splash proof and are accompanied by a 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee, Junghans fitted presentation case, guarantee booklet, instructions and polishing cloth.
[M] cal. J880.2 automatic movement, lever escapement, 25 jewels, gold plated nickel balance, nivarox balance spring, 28,800 BPH, Nivachoc shock absorber, power reserve up to 48 hours
[D] matt finished silvered dial, black Arabic numerals, black outer track for minutes/chronograph seconds with outer Arabic 5 minute/second numerals, luminescent dots above the quarter hours, luminescent baton hands, central chronograph seconds hand, two subsidiary dials for 30-minute and 12-hour registers, aperture for date [C] stainless steel case, plexiglass
Diameter excluding winding crown: 40mm
Length including lugs: 42mm
Depth to centre of crystal: 14.4mm
Strap width/lug gauge: 20mm
We are an official Junghans stockist and all Junghans watches are sold with a 2 year manufacturer’s guarantee.