Welcome at Defakto Watch Manufaktur - German Made Puristic Watches since 2009

Defakto is an independent German watchmaker that manufactures high-quality minimal design watches since 2009. The diversity of manufacturing and craftsmanship in Germany is an integral characteristic of Defakto. Very few watch brands can offer such high in-house added value.

On the design level, all watches of the unisex Defakto collection are products of Bauhaus-inspired contemporary minimalist design. This mindset is built upon the function-driven, high-quality Ickler Manufactory watch cases, the pure aesthetic of a balanced interplay between hands and dial, and the reliability of precise Swiss movements. Defakto watches offer advanced design concepts in terms of function and time perception. The puristic Defakto watch collection offers in-house-manufactured, three-, two-hand and single-hand-watches in a range of different versions. Each Defakto wristwatch is made in Germany and can be further individualized according to the customer’s desires.

Guaranteed by Raphael Ickler, Designer and Founder of Defakto, the unmatched quality of the watches can be attributed to the Ickler family’s more than 90 years of watchmaking experience. This tradition goes back to 1924, when Karl Ickler founded Ickler GmbH in Pforzheim, Germany, a city famous for the production of fine watches and jewelry, situated directly at the foot of the Black Forest. Nearly all processes from design to development, production, communication and watchmaking are carried out personally by 37-year-old Designer and Managing Director Raphael Ickler.

This level of personal attention produces stringent, honest watches, emphasizing an aesthetic of unique minimalism and sustainable, regional fabrication. Defakto is also a member of the "Deutscher Werkbund" – an institution founded in 1907 by Peter Behrens – the "Wiener Werkstätten", as well as other collectives of craftsmen and professionals. The Deutscher Werkbund is an "association of artists, architects, entrepreneurs and experts" with a long history of innovation that gave rise to the Bauhaus movement. It remains a key initiator in the fields of modern architecture and industrial design to this day.

History and philosophy of Defakto Watch Manufaktur

Karl Ickler Defakto Watches history Geschichte 1924 Raphael Ickler

The high quality guaranteed by Defakto can be traced back to more than 95 years of family experience in watchmaking. This goes back to 1924, when Karl Ickler founded Ickler GmbH in the jewelry and watch city of Pforzheim. Since, high quality watchcases and watches are produced at the Ickler facilities.

The minimalistic timepieces of Defakto are the brainchild of Designer and Executive Raphael Ickler, representing the fourth generation of Ickler watchmaking tradition and know-how. During his Master at the University of Arts in Bremen the concept of Defakto was born. The aim was to create a unique design language and to combine this with a autark production- and work scenario to create honest and conclusive watches that are, due to their timeless functional design, not related to mainstream trends. In addition to the independent and timeless unisex watch design, high-quality and sustainable in-house production, another unique factor is the one-man structure of the Defakto Watches Manufaktur.

The sustainable, almost self-sufficient creation and support process leads to stringent, clearly designed products and one-to-one communication directly between the watch enthusiast and the maker. This lived sovereignty is intended and is the principle behind the technical and artistic standards of the Defakto brand. In this way, a maximum of 400-500 watches can be produced per year. All Defakto watches are made to order within 2-4 weeks directly for the customer. Each watch can be individualized on request.

Reflecting this background, Defakto is a member of the "Deutscher Werkbund" - an institution which was founded in 1907 by Peter Behrens, the "Wiener Werkstätten" and others. This economic and cultural "association of artists, architects, entrepreneurs and experts" was and is an important source of inspiration in the fields of modern architecture and industrial design. The Bauhaus movement later emerged from it, which has not lost its relevance and importance to this day.

In-house development, design, production and assemblage

All Defakto Manufaktur watch cases are made of highly durable 316L stainless steel, which is characterized by its particularly high corrosion resistance. The black coating of some watches consists of PVD, a material for the initial hardening of industrial milling drills. The built-in, high-quality movements are Swiss Made (ETA 2824-2, Ronda 712, Ronda 6004.D) and are known for their precision and reliability in everyday life, ease of use and worldwide maintenance ability. All watches are available in various material or surface variations and can be further customized on request. Small series have also been created in cooperation with external designers and artists - please contact Defakto for further details. The fluorescent material for indexes and hands is biodegradable, non-toxic Superluminova, which is added by hand in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland. Almost all watches are available as Inkognito versions without the Defakto logo. All models can be assembled as right or left-handed watches on individual request. It is possible to exchange the automatic movements for manual wind movements. For any other customization wish contact Defakto.

The diversity of manufacturing and craftsmanship in Germany is an integral characteristic of Defakto. Very few watch brands can offer such high in-house added value. On the design level, all watches of the Defakto collection are products of Bauhaus-inspired contemporary minimal design. This mindset is built up from the function-driven, high-quality Ickler Manufaktur watch cases, the pure aesthetic of a balanced interplay between hands and dial, and the reliability of precise Swiss made movements. Defakto watches offer advanced design concept aspects on the meta level. As an example, the Defakto Kinetik’s design is based on the visual emphasis of the geometrical constellations generated by the interaction of the skeletonized hands and the dial components. For the Eins and Mono one-hand watches, fifteen- or five-minute indexes convey a more intuitive, de-accelerating experience of time.

Sustainability is very important for Defakto - be it in the design, the material and manufacturing quality or in the handling of raw materials in production - short distances, regional sources of supply and in-house production make this possible. Be it with Defakto or with independent watchmakers around the world, all watches have been designed with easy maintenance in mind. The timeless design and highly functional, high-quality components with a high level of standardization ensure long life cycles.

With a Defakto watch you acquire an honest product ex works in direct sales without paying a surcharge for marketing blah blah or broker/reseller commissions. If you have any questions about the watches or the creation process, please contact Defakto by phone or email. Appointments can also be made with Raphael Ickler in person to see the German made wristwatches in real life.

Defakto Automatic Watches


German Design Award Winner 2020


German Design Award Special Mention 2016


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Defakto Quarz Watches




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Defakto Futur Perfekt V2 Limited Edition

10% of the net price are donated to "Doctors without borders".

Defakto Watch Straps

All leather straps are handcrafted for Defakto in Bavaria, Germany, from high-quality European cowhide. Each bracelet comes with an engraved Defakto buckle, additional or separately-ordered straps are supplied with two spring brackets. All Defakto leather bracelets are designed for arm circumferences from 17 cm to 21.5 cm. The Defakto Lack leather strap is suitable for small to medium arm dimensions, from 14.5 to 19 cm.

In addition, Defakto watches offer individually adjustable bracelets of non-animal origin. For example, the 100% natural rubber strap or the high quality Perlon or NATO straps. Defakto also offers stainless steel bracelets available in a rough segmented style or as a fine Milanese version. The customizable Defakto straps and bracelets are shipped in their default setting. The individual customization is simple.

Defakto Packaging Design

All our mechanical watches are shipped in a German-made box hand-crafted exclusively for Defakto. The box is constructed from 100% recycled paper and offers the rough, lively surface of natural cardboard. The double-sided bookbinding cardboard, which is laminated to solid 1300 g/m2 weight, makes the Defakto packaging stable while being haptically and optically elegant. Each box is processed from a single piece of laminated cardboard.

The scribed and bowed edges show architectural features and give the box its unmistakably minimalist shape. Inside, the watch is fixed to a free-floating carton by two black rubber loops. This inner system is removable from the box for better handling. The cellastic cut on the back of the lid provides additional protection. The three-piece box, with recessed, white Defakto embossing has dimensions of 280 x 80 x 30 mm. 

As standard, all Defakto Quartz watches come with our sleek, black, German-made cardboard box. Accompanying our very flat watches Mono, Dialog and Struktur, the box is reminiscent of those of high quality knives. During shipping your watch is also safely embedded in black, coarse-pored foam. 

The outside of the box has a structured, matt surface and offers opulent aesthetics and haptics. The white Defakto logo is embossed on the lid. The edges of the box are slightly rounded. This Defakto packaging has a size of 255 x 55 x 20 mm and comes in 500 g/m2 material weight.

Raphael Ickler 
Designer and Executive
Defakto Watch Manufaktur

Adress: Hirsauerstraße 218, 75180 Pforzheim, Germany
VAT-IdNr: DE 2937 94831
Email: info_at_defakto-uhren.de
Telephone: +49 (0) 7231 7844 688