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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 

I tripped up on a vintage Stowa (claimed to be made in the range of 1940-1950). Does anyone have any ideas of the value of something like this? Its a cool looking watch, but I don't know if its worth buying at the price offered. Any thoughts?

post #2 of 9
Thread Starter 

Looks something like this, but the face just says "Stowa" at the top, and the bottom says "17 Rubis Stossgesiechert" and there is no date

 

post #3 of 9
Here's mine. I've posted this 1950's Stowa before on the poor man's watch thread. It cost me $200. Then I added a new strap (from Stowa) and serviced it. About $300 all in. I have seen them for less on ebay, but they usually look in poor shape. Make sure you are ok with the size. They fit small.



If you are looking at the actual original flieger watches from the 40's, those are a different story. They go for a couple thousand.

Also, if you are trying to determine if it's original or authentic, that is pretty tough. Stowa doesn't service them, so to get original parts is very difficult. Most probably have been modified.
post #4 of 9
Thread Starter 

That's a killer watch. The one I'm looking at falls more in the rough looking range. Just didn't know if there was any point in spending $100 on a watch that I would still have to invest money in 

 

 

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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post

If you are looking at the actual original flieger watches from the 40's, those are a different story. They go for a couple thousand.

 

How do you identify these? Markings on the case?

post #5 of 9
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Originally Posted by Off My Rack View Post

That's a killer watch. The one I'm looking at falls more in the rough looking range. Just didn't know if there was any point in spending $100 on a watch that I would still have to invest money in

It's really helfpul to have a local watchmaker who can clean up watches for you at a decent price. All mechanical watches need to be serviced periodically and if you are buying a vintage one, expect to have it serviced.

If it's your first and only watch, I would avoid vintage.
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How do you identify these? Markings on the case?

Black face, 55mm dial, unlikely you will see one anyway.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 

Clearly not a flieger, then.

 

I have a few watches under my belt, but I'm trying to work my way up the ladder of quality.

 

Currently I'm working with a timex weekender, a Seiko quartz that was my grandfather's, and a Seiko given to me about 10 years ago as my first watch.

 

Sounds like I should let this one pass by for now.

post #7 of 9
Another consideration on these watches, if it has a date function, it is an absolute pain in the ass. If you don't wear the watch for a week, you have to wind it through each day to catch up.

If it's a serious interest, follow the Watch Appreciation thread for some nice vintage and newer watches.
post #8 of 9
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Originally Posted by Cant kill da Rooster View Post

Here's mine. I've posted this 1950's Stowa before on the poor man's watch thread. It cost me $200. Then I added a new strap (from Stowa) and serviced it. About $300 all in. I have seen them for less on ebay, but they usually look in poor shape. Make sure you are ok with the size. They fit small.



If you are looking at the actual original flieger watches from the 40's, those are a different story. They go for a couple thousand.

Also, if you are trying to determine if it's original or authentic, that is pretty tough. Stowa doesn't service them, so to get original parts is very difficult. Most probably have been modified.

Absolutely beautiful. Nice find.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by Gingahbman View Post

Absolutely beautiful. Nice find.

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