Electronics style fiends have been lusting over Dieter Rams-designed Braun products for more than half a century. And when it became clear that his simple, principled
designs inspired countless Apple products, the furor over his work reached a fever pitch. Braun still makes clocks, shavers, and a few other products that hearken back to Rams’ original designs, but the original electronics are hard to come by and have spawned a fierce vintage market.
Braun made hearts leap this week when the company announced it will re-issue a classic calculator at the Basel Fair 2013. The BNE001 is a replica of the ET66 version 2 from 1986, which is already a source of desktop pride for collectors around the world. It also happens to be the calculator that inspired the original calculator app inside Apple’s iOS.
Braun didn’t say exactly when the new calculator will become available or how much it will cost, but if you’re interested in getting your hands on a piece of vintage or vintage-style Braun kit now, there are still a few places you can look. You don’t need to spend half a million dollars to start building a collection, either.
For the old stuff, you’ll want to hit up Etsy and eBay (links are to vintage Braun electronics search results).
Here’s a cheerful desk fan (HL 70 model) selling for $188.55 from the TheCuriousCaseShop, which says that the fan is included as part of the permanent modern design exhibit at MoMA in New York. The same seller is also offering a vintage Braun calculator for $200—a rare find.
On eBay right now is a restored SK5 turntable/radio with a starting bid of $869. This wooden and white design was dubbed “Snow White’s Coffin” by audiophiles in the 1960s.
You may also find a Braun gem at the Bureau of Trade—lighters, turntables and watches turn up from time to time there, culled from vintage sellers all over the world.
Braun’s new vintage style clocks and watches aren’t too difficult to come by. This voice or “clap”-activated alarm clock in white is available at A+R, along with other models.
A radio alarm clock in navy blue is available at Amazon UK
, and several Braun wristwatches are even sold by Urban Outfitters
. To find local boutiques in your neighborhood that carry Braun watches and clocks, check the company’s site
(Images: Braun, TheCuriousCaseShop, roomdue, A+R, Amazon UK)