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.
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.