The German watchmaker brand has recently presented its new modestly styled Defakto Akkord automatic wrist watch.
Established only two years ago in 2009, the German company was so far known (to a very small number of people) only for its Defakto Eins one-handed watch. As you may have already guessed, the timekeeper featured a single hour hand and was capable to display time with accuracy +/- five minutes.
I am not sure how well it was selling (I presume that sales were not particularly impressive since one-handers are limited to a pretty narrow market niche, which is dominated by better advertised Swiss watchmakers,) but the model seems to be successful enough to encourage the Germans to introduce a less bizarre version with whole two hands.
As you can see on the images, the model features that understated, matter-of-fact Bauhaus style that we have already seen on their Eins model.
Its slim 42 millimeter case, which is available both in satin finished, as well as PVD-treated stainless steel, features a thin bezel, as well as a set of comfortably shaped lugs and a setting crown. The latter seems to be quite large in diameter, but is not particularly long, which makes it easier to operate the watch and, at the same time, prevents the crown from biting into the back of your hand.
The lugs are fairly long though increasing the tip-to-tip length of the Akkord to 51 millimeters: although I have an impression that 80 percent of the population will be just fine, guys (or even gals, since, in my opinion, this is a totally unisex watch) with narrow wrists should probably try one before ordering online or making sure that the shop you buy it from has a solid “no questions asked” return policy. You know, just in case.
Priced in a wide range between €415 and €500, the watch is equipped with a scratch-resistant sapphire crystal that, regrettably, doesn’t have any glareproofing (but that’s okay for the price that Defakto asks.)
The Germans employed a good old Swiss made ETA 2824-2 automatic movement to power this watch. The ebauche, which is in its original shape is capable of displaying not only hours and minutes, but also seconds and date, was slightly modified for the task of powering a two-hander.
The modification probably resulted in lower energy requirements, since the timekeeper is promised to run for as long as 40 hours when fully winded, while other similarly powered models that I encountered usually have no more than 38 hours of guaranteed power supply.
Anyway, the new Defakto Akkord seems to be a nice watch, offering you an adequate combination of quality, design and price that make it a good choice if you look for a mechanical watch priced no more than €500.
If it strikes a chord with you, you can order one on their web-site.
See also: A.B.Art Serie MA
Defakto Akkord automatic watch specification
Price: €415 – €498
Movement: Automatic, Caliber ETA 2824-2, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 25
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Branded oscillating weight, but otherwise standard ETA finish
Functions: Hours, minutes
Power reserve: 40 hours
Case material: Stainless steel or Stainless steel in black PVD
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 42.00 mm
Lug width: 20.00 mm
Case height: 9.80 mm
Dial: Black or White
Hour markers: Contrast
Hands: Black or White
Water resistance: 50 meters
Strap: Black calfskin leather strap with steel clasp
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Transparent