The Mondaine 35mm wrist watch is one of the world’s great watch designs. It’s otherwise known as the Swiss railway Watch. It’s not fussy, it just tells the time very clearly and simply, and without the aid of numerals.
Its creation dates from 1944 when the revered Hans Hilfiker designed the Swiss Railway Clock for ease of reading on the railway stations of Switzerland. The famous red second hand was inspired by the paddle waved by the train guard at departure time.
The Railway Clock became the most famous wall clock in the world. Years later, this watchface gained even greater attention when Apple used the famous face without permission in the Apple iPhone5.
Mondaine Watch Company adapted Hilfiker’s famous wall clock design to the more portable wristwaych form in 1986.
The Mondaine Evo2 35mm wrist watch is part of Mondaine’s 2017 update of their 1986 original. It has a refined case, lugs, crown, caseback, and sapphire glass (rather than regular hardened mineral glass) so that it’s more scratch resistant.
– featured, Phaidon definitive book Design Classics
– permanent collection Museum of Modern Art NYC
– made in Switzerland
Movement (type) = Quartz; Case size/diameter = 35.0mm; Case material = polished stainless steel Glass material = sapphire crystal; water resistance (m/ft/atm) = 30/100/3; Strap = genuine leather; width at lug = 18.0mm; Origin = Swiss Made