DUFA , short for Deutsche Unrenfabrik is a brand producing mainly Bauhaus inspired timepieces in many different styles and varieties. They pay tribute to the great bauhaus era where it originated in Germany with some unique deisgns and original style cues. Today, I have the Dufa Bayer automatic in a gold tone to take a closer look at and give you my thoughts on the watch.
The case on the 9016-03 is comprised of stainless steel and IP plated in a yellow gold tone. It measures 40MM in diameter and is rather thin at 10MM thick. The kettle shaped case is highly polished all around and has short lugs which really makes the Bayer present itself as a true 40MM timepiece. The 20MM lug width is definitely suffice for the rest of the dimensions and looks in tune with the case. The watch is water resistant to 5 atm or 50M which is typical
for this style of dress watch, and one should certainly not swim while wearing it.
The dial is clean, legibile, and as bauhaus as it gets. The white dial certainly stands out in contrast to the yellow gold case and pops a bit at first glance. Thin applied gold
numerals surround the dial and almost appear to be hovering over the circular cutout we get on this dial. The large DUFA applied shield allows symmetry with the addition of the circular date window at 6:00 which contains black numerals and a white background to match the dial color. Moving outwards, the slightly sloped chapter ring displays 0-60 fine minute markings where easy time reading. The blue hands and sweeping seconds hand are also a nice touch. One thing I noticed is that there is no counter balance on the seconds hand allowing for a cleaner, bauhaus look. “Made in Germany”’is also printed below the 6:00 position to show this watch was assembled/produced in Germany. Lastly, the dial is covered by a domed Sapphire crystal as well as the exhibition caseback, which is expected at this pricepoint.
DUFA has watches at all different pricepoints using different movements. This watch , the Bayer retails at $800 USD converted
from Euros and contains a very nice Swiss Made Selitta SW200-1 automatic self winding movement. You can expect around 38 hours of power reserve and a beat rate of 4 hertz. The movement itself contains 26 jewels and is a big competitor to the ETA 2824. I did notice through the exhibition caseback DUFA added a custom rotor and it looks quite good in my opinion. I have seen the Selitta SW200 offered in watches from brands such as ORIS, down to microbrands. The SW200 gets the job done and keeps fairly accurate time.
The quick release genuine calf leather strap is quite luxurious and supple. It also comes equipped with quick release pins and custom curved ends so the watch sits straight on the wrist. I have experienced a few DUFA watches in my time at Watch Addict and the straps are always of very good quality, so no complaints there. The buckle contains the DUFA shield signature and is plated to match the case.
Furthermore, the Bayer certainly is a well constructed timepiece and does fill a niche sector in the watch industry. While other brands producing bauhaus styled german watches with equivalent movements and components are priced a bit steeper than the $800 USD pricetag of the Bayer, it is still reasonably priced for todays market. I do love the classic, clean, elegant, and versatile styling of the 9016 and can definitely
reccommend it to my readers. I have left a link below where you can check DUFA out.
The first Rolex watches were not manufactured in-house, but instead were made by other watchmakers and then branded with the Rolex name. However, Wilsdorf had a vision of creating a wristwatch that was both reliable and accurate, and he set out to develop his own movements.
In 1910, Rolex became the first wristwatch to receive the Swiss Certificate of Chronometric Precision, which was a testament to the accuracy of the watch. Over the years, Rolex continued to innovate and develop new technologies and features, such as the first waterproof wristwatch in 1926, the first self-winding mechanism in 1931, and the first wristwatch with a date display in 1945.
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Today, Rolex is one of the most recognized and respected luxury watch brands in the world, known for its quality, precision, and timeless style.
OMEGA Watches History
In 1894, Omega revolutionized the watch industry with the introduction of the 19-ligne Omega Calibre, which was more accurate and reliable than any other watch movement of the time. This innovation earned Omega numerous awards and accolades, and the brand quickly became known for its precision and quality.
In 1903, Omega was chosen as the official timekeeper for the Gordon Bennett Cup, an international balloon race. This marked the beginning of Omega's long-standing relationship with sports timing and its reputation as a reliable and accurate timekeeper.
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BREITLING Watches History
In 1915, Breitling introduced the first wrist-worn chronograph with a separate pusher to control the start, stop, and reset functions, which made it easier to use than previous models. This innovation helped establish Breitling as a leading maker of chronographs and other precision timepieces.
During the 1930s and 1940s, Breitling continued to innovate with the introduction of the first chronograph with a second independent pusher, which allowed for the recording of multiple elapsed times. The company also developed the Huit Aviation Department, which produced wristwatches for pilots and other aviation professionals.
In the 1950s, Breitling introduced the Navitimer, a wristwatch with a built-in slide rule that allowed pilots to perform complex calculations in-flight. The Navitimer became an instant classic and remains one of Breitling's most popular models to this day.
In the 1960s, Breitling continued to produce innovative timepieces, including the Chrono-Matic, which was the first automatic chronograph movement with a micro-rotor. The company also introduced the Emergency, a wristwatch with a built-in distress beacon that could be activated in case of an emergency.
In the years since, Breitling has continued to produce innovative and high-quality timepieces for a variety of applications, including aviation, diving, and sports. The company has also maintained a strong commitment to precision and accuracy, with many of its watches featuring COSC-certified movements. Today, Breitling is recognized as one of the world's leading luxury watch brands, with a reputation for innovation, quality, and style.
In the early days, Longines primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for precision and accuracy. By the end of the 19th century, Longines had become one of the leading watchmakers in the world. In 1912, the company introduced the first chronograph wristwatch, which was quickly adopted by the military and aviation communities.
In the 1920s and 1930s, Longines continued to innovate with the introduction of the world's first quartz clock and the first wristwatch with an automatic winding mechanism. During World War II, Longines produced wristwatches for the British Royal Air Force, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Longines became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Conquest" line of watches. In the 1950s and 1960s, Longines was a favorite of celebrities and politicians, and its watches were frequently seen on the wrists of Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, and other famous figures.
In recent years, Longines has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "HydroConquest" line of diving watches and its "Conquest Classic" line of chronographs.
Today, Longines is owned by the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the luxury watch industry. Its watches are prized for their precision, reliability, and timeless style.
In the early days, Tissot primarily produced pocket watches, and quickly gained a reputation for quality and precision. By the end of the 19th century, Tissot was one of the largest watchmakers in Switzerland, and was exporting its watches to countries around the world.
In the early 20th century, Tissot continued to innovate with the introduction of the first non-magnetic wristwatch, the first dual time-zone watch, and the first watch with a plastic case. During World War II, Tissot produced watches for the Allied forces, and continued to produce military watches for several decades afterwards.
In the post-war years, Tissot became known for its elegant and sophisticated watches, particularly its "Tissot Visodate" line of watches, which featured a date function and a distinctive "T" logo on the dial. In the 1970s, Tissot was one of the first Swiss watch brands to introduce quartz watches, which quickly became popular due to their accuracy and affordability.
In recent years, Tissot has continued to produce high-quality watches that combine traditional Swiss craftsmanship with modern technology. The company is particularly known for its sport watches, including its "T-Touch" line of watches, which feature touch-screen technology and a range of functions such as altimeter, compass, and thermometer.
Today, Tissot is part of the Swatch Group, and remains a leading brand in the watch industry. Its watches are prized for their quality, durability, and stylish design, and are worn by watch enthusiasts and collectors around the world.