Bauhaus Watch Review - What Could Look Better? [2020 Update]

Who wouldn’t want to snag a Bauhaus piece? The watch came from Germany, being inspired by super minimalistic buildings. The timepieces are chic and look much more expensive than they are. In our Bahaus watch review, we ran through a list of 5 amazing ones.

The Watches - At A Glance

Give the following table a read. We summarized our most notable entries’ specs below.

Preview
Our Pick
Graf Zeppelin LZ129 Hindenburg Series Swiss Quartz Dress Watch 7046-1
The Most Minimalistic
Nordgreen Native Scandinavian Silver Unisex Analog 36mm Watch with Brown Leather Strap 10032
The Most Affordable
BRIGADA Men's Watches Classic Classic Gold Black Dress Watches for Men with Date Calendar, Business...
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
100 feet (30 meters)
165 feet (50 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Mineral
Mineral
Movement
Swiss quartzJapanese quartz
Japanese quartz
Japanese quartz
Strap
Leather
Leather
Leather
Case (size)
1.57 inches (40 mm)
1.411 inches (36 mm)
1.57 inches (40 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Stainless steel
Our Pick
Preview
Graf Zeppelin LZ129 Hindenburg Series Swiss Quartz Dress Watch 7046-1
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Movement
Swiss quartzJapanese quartz
Strap
Leather
Case (size)
1.57 inches (40 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
More Information
The Most Minimalistic
Preview
Nordgreen Native Scandinavian Silver Unisex Analog 36mm Watch with Brown Leather Strap 10032
Water resistance
100 feet (30 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Movement
Japanese quartz
Strap
Leather
Case (size)
1.411 inches (36 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
More Information
The Most Affordable
Preview
BRIGADA Men's Watches Classic Classic Gold Black Dress Watches for Men with Date Calendar, Business...
Water resistance
165 feet (50 meters)
Crystal
Mineral
Movement
Japanese quartz
Strap
Leather
Case (size)
1.57 inches (40 mm)
Case
Stainless steel
Bezel
Stainless steel
More Information

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The Watches

Our Pick

1. Graf Zeppelin 7046-1

Graf Zeppelin is a leading name in the German watch game. The 7046-1 comes with a pedigree that helped it get the top spot on our list.

It rocks a Swiss quartz movement. Compared to Japanese quartz, they’re made with more craftmanship. We know the name of its specific mechanism. It is the Ronda 515 quartz and is buttery.

The watch comes with a leather band. It’s shiny and looks rich. We think it’s the real deal, the device feels like a dream on your wrists. There’s embossing on it as well. This makes it look like alligator-skin, which is seen in more expensive units.

If you’re looking for a big watch, the 7046-1 is not for you. Its case stretches 1.57 inches (40 mm) across. If you have larger wrists, you’ll still be able to wear it. However, you’d look awkward with it on.

Although its case is small, its dial is wide. This is something commonly seen in Bauhaus pieces. Because larger casers aren’t very minimalistic.

We’re fans of its display. It’s made from mineral, which isn’t the strongest glass around. But Graf Zeppelin domed its front. This makes it hard to scratch. Domed displays are also seen in more expensive devices.

There are Arabic numerals in 12-hour time on its face. They are bolded well, letting you easily read the time. Its hands are sharp – you’ll be able to spot them from across the room.

Who wouldn’t want a calendar? The feature makes timepieces more convenient. The 7046-1 has a date-feature in the 3 o'clock position. The angle means that you won’t be straining your neck trying to read it.

Is it water-resistant? The answer is yes. It can handle 100 feet (30 meters) underwater. With such a rating, you won’t do much, frankly. The watch will be able to handle a couple of splashes and that’s it. Considering it rocks a premium leather band, getting it wet isn’t the best move. It’ll stay soaked for a while.

Its case is shiny and its made from surgical grade stainless steel. We believe the company ion-plated it to make it look richer. Being made from such high-quality steel, the device is very scratch resistant and water-proof (except for its strap of course).

What makes it special:

Its Swiss quartz movement.

2. FIECE Unisex FM301 Watch

The FM301 comes with a square face. It’s not every day you see a watch with such a build. It instantly caught our eye, making us have to place it on the upper corner of our list. Its face is really small, though. Its case stretches 1.33 inches (34 mm) across.

For a man, a 1.33 inch (34 mm) case would look awkward. It’s the perfect size for a woman, however. This is concerning since the timepiece is unisex, so it’s supposed to be equally wearable by both genders.

It isn’t very water-resistant. It comes with a resistance rating of 100 feet (30 meters). As you know, with such a rating, all you’ll be able to do is withstand splashes. Getting it wet is not fun as its band is leather too.

Is the leather on it the real deal? We think so. It feels super comfortable. It’s got stitching which we’re also fans of. The stitching makes it look more premium as it eludes that the device was hand-made. It is a trick manufacturers utilize to make cheaper units feel more expensive.

Something strange about the device is that it’s automatic. Bauhaus watches are all about minimalism, which automatic movements are the juxtaposition of. They’re grand mechanisms with intricate parts and jewels. The automatic mechanism in it is the Seagull movement. It hosts 20 jewels between its gears. No, they’re not real; they are pieces of glass.

FIECE did a good job hiding the grand nature of its insides. But if you turn it over, you’ll find a small cut-out. This lets you watch its gears move. It’s covered with thick glass, not letting anything get inside.

Back to the jewels:

They’re synthetic and are placed between gears to help them handle friction better. 17 is the standard amount. The FM301 comes with around 20. The more present, the smoother a unit would work.

The glass on its window is mineral. As you know, it’s not the toughest lens around. Unfortunately, the company didn’t dome its window. If you’re not careful, you could easily bang it up.

You don’t have to look close to notice the absence of a seconds’ hand. You’ll be reading the seconds’ passed through the sub-dial in the 6 o'clock position.

What makes it special:

Its automatic movement.

3. Stuhrling Men’s Watch 3997Z

The Stuhrling piece comes with a shiny leather strap. The company says that it’s calf-skin and we have no reason to doubt them.

The watch isn’t too minimalistic. If you turn it over, you’ll find sharp red on the underbelly of its band. It’s quite the contrast to its monotone exterior.

The watch comes with a petite face. Its case is 1.57 inches (40 mm). Just like the two entries above, it has a small case but a wide dial.

There is a mix of Arabic numerals and circular markers on its face. They are spaced far apart so that its face gives a minimalistic look.

You probably shouldn’t get it wet. You’re aware that leather stays soaked for a while. Speaking of water, the timepiece can handle depths of 165 feet (50 meters). What can you do with such a rating? Swim and handle the rain.

You’ll love the glass on its display. It is Krysterna crystal. If you didn’t know, sapphire is the toughest watch lens around. However, Stuhrling promises that their Krysterna crystal gives it a run for its money. It’s very tough.

What’s the movement inside of it? You’re met with Japanese quartz. Unfortunately, we don’t know the name of the specific mechanism present. It’s probably a Miyota one. They are accurate and affordable, so are widely used.

Although we reviewed the sleek black version, it comes in a range of other colour choices. Stuhrling wants to make it easy for you to find a unit you’ll love to rock.

What makes it special:

The Krysterna crystal on its display.

The Most Minimalistic

4. Nordgreen Model 1 Watch

If you want to support a small company, work with Nordgreen. They’re experts at producing sustainable watches. The brand is especially known for its minimalistic pieces. Just take a look at the Model 1 – it’s probably the most bare-minimum in design from all of our entries.

The icing on the cake is the fact that its design was custom-made. The company says that it was created by acclaimed designer Jakob Wagner.

It makes use of genuine leather. It’s very thin, going with a minimalistic feel. Its case is small too, not drawing much attention. It stretches 1.41 inches (36 mm) across. As it’s so small, make note if you have larger wrists. You’d look like a giant otherwise.

Its case is made from surgical grade stainless steel. This explains why it’s so shiny. If you remember, the steel makes it quite scratch resistant and water-proof too.

The glass on its window is something you’re more than familiar with. It’s mineral. No, it is not domed. However, Nordgreen says they added extra layers of scratch resistance. This means it’s tougher than usual.

The mechanism present is something you’re familiar with as well. It is Japanese quartz. In case you forgot, Japanese quartz doesn’t come with as much craftsmanship as Swiss counterparts. But they’re made through very automated processes. This leaves less room for error.

If you’re not a fan of its appearance, you can do something about it. Nordgreen lets you change its strap up. The options to swap with come in many colours and materials. You can swap a brown leather band for a grey Nylon one – how cool is that?

What makes it special:

The interchangeable straps.

The Most Affordable

5. BRIGADA Men’s B3015G001 Watch

If you’re looking for a Bauhaus option that’s still eye-catching, the BRIGADA one is for you. Its colourway is black and gold. The two go well together. The deepness of the black helps the gold pop – you’ll notice it from across the room. The gold was plated on. Sadly, we don’t know how many karats it was.

Its strap is the shiniest leather so far. It looks really expensive. This is funny as it’s the most affordable unit in our review. There’s embossing on it. This makes it look like alligator-skin, as mentioned earlier.

The B301 is the only watch with a whole calendar feature. It doesn’t just read the date but the day too. It’s in the 3 o'clock position, so you won’t be straining your neck. You won’t be straining your eyes either, the date and day are bolded well.

It is water-resistant. Like its counterparts, it can’t handle much water, though. It’s only capable of 165 feet (50 meters). The most you’ll be able to do is swim with it. Considering it looks so good, diving into the pool probably wouldn’t be at the top of your list. Don’t forget that its strap is also leather. It’ll get soaked.

What do you think its movement is? It is quartz. It isn’t Swiss, though. This shouldn’t be a surprise considering it’s so affordable. It is Japanese. Once again, we don’t know the name of the specific mechanism present. BRIGADA hasn’t made this public knowledge.

Don’t get too rough with its front. It’s a regular mineral. Sadly, the company didn’t dome it.

Did we mention its size? Its case stretches 1.57 inches (40 mm) across. Its case is small while its face is on the wider side. We’ve seen this in all the watches on our list.

What makes it special:

It’s our most affordable entry.

BRIGADA-B3015G001

Final Thoughts

What did you think about our Bauhaus watch review? The timepieces are super minimalistic, so they’re great if you don’t want a watch that’ll catch a lot of attention. It’ll complement whatever you’re wearing, letting your outfit do all the work. Being so minimalistic, they look modern, which is attractive as well.

Considering the options we ran through, it’s clear that the Graf Zeppelin was the best Bauhaus watch. It came with the most premium features. We’re especially fond of its Swiss quartz movement.

Compared to the rest, it was a pricier option. In general, it’s still quite affordable. The BRIGADA was our most affordable Bauhaus watch pick. It costs less than $50!

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