“Bauhaus” as a common noun: review of the Bauhaus 21622_b watch

Wrist Watch

A common noun is a noun that denotes the name of a whole class of objects that have a common set of characteristics. But there are cases when a proper name becomes a common noun. For example, if a brand has been present on the market of a certain region for a long time and is a monopolist, then its own name becomes a common noun and is already used to name similar products from other manufacturers:

* “copier” - copying machines, the name of which comes from the American corporation “XEROX”;

*"jeep" - an all-terrain vehicle or SUV of the "Jeep" brand;

* “diapers” are disposable moisture-absorbing diapers from the Procter & Gamble brand, which produces them under the Pampers brand.

Nevertheless, it also happens that a young company calls itself an already existing big name (as, for example, the Bauhaus company did). Agree, entering the market in this case is much more successful, since the brand name is already well-known, although this is not its merit. However, this also imposes certain obligations. From the start, you need to live up to the declared name and, as we see, “Bauhaus” does this well.

The Bauhaus style reflects traditional German practicality and recognizes only functional design. Each detail must fulfill a specific role. Function is primary, design is created not for decoration, but for convenience. It would seem that you won’t get far with minimalism, but the Bauhaus company proves the opposite. Need a classic quartz three-pointer, please - Bauhaus 21402_b.

You don’t want to change the battery every couple of years, but you need a watch that can be charged from any light source - Bauhaus 21124_b. If a practical quartz movement is not your thing, then the Bauhaus 21523_b mechanical watch is for you. Love to control everything, including the level of remaining power reserve - Bauhaus 21603_b.

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As you can see, almost anyone can choose the watch option that suits them best. For myself, I chose the classic three-pointer with date and day of the week indication. I liked the strict classic version in black. However, in real life it does not look black at all: this is achieved due to the gradient coloring, which becomes lighter towards the center of the watch. The watch, like a chameleon, adapts to the style of your clothing. Black, gray, brown colors and their shades seem to be created for them, or, conversely, watches are created for all these shades.

Additionally, the dial has a “Sunray” effect, which shimmers beautifully and plays depending on the angle of incidence of the light. I was afraid that the dim hour and second hands would be lost against the dark background of the dial, but this was in vain. They have a slightly bronze/copper tint, catch the light well and are visible in any light. The minute hand immediately catches the eye, as it is highlighted in a different color, white, as if hinting that a business person’s whole day is scheduled in minutes.

I really like it when the date disc is painted in the same color as the dial, but that's a different story. The date and day of the week have a white background, matching the color of the minute hand and dial markings. In the overall design, they do not stand out and have the function of quickly and clearly reading the information located on them.

From the dial we move on to the case. Here, too, everything matches the laconic style of the watch. When viewed from above, the case itself is practically invisible, since almost its entire area is occupied by the dial, leaving only a narrow strip along its contour. In profile, the body has a barrel-shaped shape, a continuation of which is the domed tempered mineral glass. Small ears, anatomically curved down, provide a good fit on the hand.

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I like everything, the only thing I can complain about is the rather protruding back cover (the overall thickness of the watch is a little short of 13 mm). Its dimensions are determined by the Miyota 8285 self-winding movement installed in the watch.

The operation of the watch can be observed through the transparent back glass, but the movement does not have any aesthetic layout or decorative treatment, so the presence of a viewing window in the case back is a rather controversial element. For myself, in such a watch I would like to see a manual winding mechanism and, as a result, a thinner case.

As for the caliber itself, it is a Japanese movement, which is a modification of the Miyota 8215, which was released in 1977. Its distinctive feature is the presence of an indication of the day of the week. The mechanisms of this series are widely used due to their reliability and unpretentiousness, despite the fairly affordable price. Among the features, it should be noted that the seconds hand trib does not have a direct drive. As a result, when shaken sharply, it can:

  • freeze for a few seconds, after which it jumps forward, making up for lost time;
  • jump forward for a few seconds, after which it continues its movement.

This is not a defect and does not affect the accuracy in any way. I did not observe such jumps in my copy. At the beginning of this year, news broke that all calibers in this series and some others would be discontinued. The move was said to be in response to declining and aging populations in nearly all of Japan's prefectures.

According to statistics released in April 2023, the population of this country has been declining for the 12th year in a row and, as a result, the number of jobs is declining. I don’t want to end the review on such a sad note, so we wish the population of Japan to quickly reverse this demographic crisis.

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As for the watch itself, it is made, looks and fits very neatly on the hand. Confirming once again that classics do not age and have no statute of limitations.