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    DuFa watches. Does anyone have some insight on these?

    DuFa (Deutsche Uhrenfabrik). Just saw these for the first time and am pretty impressed with the designs. I also like their homage to the great architects and designers of the German Bauhaus movement. I know they have quartz and Japanese automatic movements and are assembled and/or headquartered in Germany. Does anyone know these watches well and give some insight?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: DuFa watches. Does anyone have some insight on these?

    I have not seen one of those watches. I also have not found any information
    that the watches are assembled in Germany or that the company is based
    in Germany.


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    Re: DuFa watches. Does anyone have some insight on these?

    From a former post

    Deutsche Uhrenfabrik suggests at least a tiny link to German watchmaking. But there's none as far as I can see. Trade mark is owned by Forthway Limited, Virgin Islands, as well as Klaus Kobec and AVI-8.

    Domain of Deutsche-Uhrenwerke was owned by:SolarTime LTD, 15/F, Kowloon Center, 29-39 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha, 852 Kowloon, HK. Watches have been sold by Lufthansa on international flights and advertised as a product of german workmanship.
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    The company is registered to a UK company that is a clear front - the directors are all on the boards of about 200 companies each
    Although a German website, there isn't a word of German on the site.
    The only link on the site is in Chinese
    The website TOS is governed by UK law
    The website was registered by

    Domaininhaber: SolarTime LTD
    Adresse: 15/F, Kowloon Center, 29-39 Ashley Road, Tsim Sha
    PLZ: 852
    Ort: Kowloon
    Land: HK

    The company has no physical presence under the name DUFA in Germany. They probably rent a closet in some import/export warehouse.
    Saw them at Munichtime last year and Ingorgenta this year. Nice but not convincing.
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    Re: DuFa watches. Does anyone have some insight on these?

    All the above is interesting. This seems to be a common theme lately as people are trying to catch people with this "Made in Germany" gimmick. All that said, they do make a nice looking watch.

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    Re: DuFa watches. Does anyone have some insight on these?

    How much ya wanna bet that they're not nearly as nice in person? They're starting with, if not outright lies, fairly serious misreperesentations.

    And to be honest, when I see that many different models from a really small company...if no one here has heard of it, it's small...then "Chinese Mushroom" rather springs to mind immediately. PR, regulator, center seconds auto, center and subdial seconds quartz, 2 and 3 register chrono, 3 register chrono day-date, a poorly explained calendar, and a GMT? Who are we kidding here? And the pages about each model are long on pics, short on details about the movements.

    Yeah, might as well call this a Barnum company.
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    Re: DuFa watches. Does anyone have some insight on these?

    One gets a similar feeling from most of the watch brands under the Dartmouth umbrella. Watches of dubious origin and workmanship, like Spinnaker.

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    Re: DuFa watches. Does anyone have some insight on these?

    Dufa was clock company then bought by KIENZLE (wrist watch brand) in 1930, after several bankrupt of KIENZLE only name was left.
    Now name rights has owned by Solar time Ltd of Hong kong which founded in 1977 by Notan Tolani who immigrated from Pakistan (he is a naturalized British citizen born in 1946, his name is Hindi not Muslim)
    Now Dufa is controlled by Paper company Dartmouth UK owned by Solar time (no physical address in UK)
    Present director of Solar time is Vishal Tolani, son of Notan.
    Original "Dufa" had a factory in Thuringen but new Dufa has only Hong kong based.

    Dartmouth brands are those
    pinnaker,AVI-8,DuFa,Fjord,Ballast,Giordano,Earnshaw ,James McCabe
    In Japan, Dufa brand is sold by Ueni trading co as "Pure German made"

    Early days Solar time's Dufa
    it has "Tongi" movement of China

    BTW I'm new bee here so can't patch the link
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