The DUFA Automatic Bauhaus DF-9016-03 Watch Review

Dufa is an abbreviated name for Deutsche Unrenfabrik, a company that practices the traditions of the Bauhaus design school.

By combining German watchmaking techniques and contemporary aesthetics with the Bauhaus principle, the brand is able to produce neo-classical watches with timeless designs. The Dufa Bayer Automatic DF-9016-03 is one of the prime examples of what a German watch brand can create by staying true to this concept.

The Dufa Bayer Automatic DF-9016-03 measures 40mm wide and 11mm thick, giving it a slim profile that matches its minimalistic theme. Weighing only 70g, it’s so light that you’ll feel like you’re not wearing any watch at all.

This automatic timepiece is made of 316L high-grade, stainless steel case with gold ionic plating for a more prestigious look. The white dial is covered with a domed, scratch-resistant sapphire crystal with anti-reflective coating. At the back, you’ll have a stunning see-through case back marked with a lovely DUFA gold and black branded rotor. It’s sealed with 4 small screws to secure the beating 26 jewel SWISS movement inside.

Putting a brown, genuine leather strap with a tang style buckle compliments the subtle nature of the timepiece and emphasises the accessory’s function as a dress watch. The watch also has short that make the straps look more seamless to the design of the watch, it’s even more comfortable to wear and more adaptable to any other wrist size I have tried.

Dufa provides a 2-year international warranty to all their watches, resolving any defects you might encounter during the first few years of owning the timepiece.

Specs

MOVEMENT : Swiss Automatic 3 Hands with Date
CASE MATERIAL : Stainless Steel
CASE DIAMETER (mm) : 40
CASE THICKNESS (mm) : 11
CASE SHAPE : Round
CASE COLOR : Ionic Plating – Gold
DIAL COLOR : White
BAND : Genuine Leather Strap
BAND COLOR : Brown
BUCKLE : Strap Buckle
BAND WIDTH (mm) : 20-18
WATER RESISTANCE : 3 ATM
WATCH WEIGHT (g) : 70
WARRANTY : 2 Years International

Design and Movement

Since the brand is rooted in creating Bauhaus-style watches, it shouldn’t be a surprise to see why the Dufa Bayer DF-9016-03 flaunts a minimalist but elegant design.

The timepiece has a plain white dial with small minute markers on the outer rim. Even-numbered Arabic numeral hour markers can be seen sitting between the outer and inner portions of the dial. They have the same gold-like hue as that of the watch case for a more luxurious vibe. A small, circular cutaway can be found at the 6 o’clock position for displaying the current date.

Hands are blued to give a nice color contrast and make reading the time very easy for the user.

The Dufa Bayer DF-9016-03 runs on a Sellita SW200-1 automatic movement and has a 38-hour power reserve. Sellita movements are used also in ORIS, Tag Heuer, and other known watch brands made from Switzerland and the United States. They’re on par with the ETA 2824 movement and have an accuracy of -/+7 seconds a day.

Unboxing Experience

The watch comes in a typical Bauhaus style fashioned box with a very neatly packed instruction manual, warranty card and etc in its own envelope that sits snug in the box. Opening the box with the watch inside you’re pleasantly greeted by the DF-9016-0 gleaming back at you, surrounded by a washed-out grey/blue felt interior. I truly elegant contrasting presentation that made me wow.

Wearing Experience

I have small wrists which means I am reluctantly punching holes in straps to make them wearable for my wrist size. The Dufa DF-9016-03 is made for people for both large and small wrists and is very comfortable to wear. Typically dress watches are not my “go to” style however, I have found myself to love wearing it casually and for formal events and have received compliments on the look of this watch.

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of wearing a Dufa Bayer DF-9016-03 watch:

Pros

  • Minimalist design gives it a highly-legible watch face
  • Very affordable Bauhaus-style watch
  • Covered with a 2-year international warranty
  • Power reserve of up to 38 hours
  • Water resistant up to 30m

Cons

  • No lume on hands (Not really important for a dress watch)
  • Crown is hard to pull out
  • It may be difficult to find a replacement strap because of the rounded designed spring bars.

Conclusion

The Dufa DF-9016-03 is priced at $780 per piece which is very affordable when you consider its close similarity in design to luxury timepieces from Nomos or Junghans. If you’re looking for an inexpensive Bauhaus-style watch that doesn’t skimp on quality, reliability, and functionality, the Dufa Bayer Automatic DF-9016-03 is a very strong contender in this category.

I would highly recommend checking out DUFA incredible collection of watches before you consider any other.

Get your own Dufa DF-9016-03 Bauhaus watch here 

 

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