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I think $1200 for a Capeland Chrono is a solid deal.  Nothing wrong with a 7750 movement at this pricepoint, IMO.  If it were an $8k watch, I'd have a different opinion.  (Aside - Valjoux 7750 = ETA 7750, as ETA swallowed Valjoux a looooong time ago.)  As it happens, one of my buddies at the office has this exact BM and wears it on a medium brown croc - looks pretty darned nice.

 

The Speedy would be my preference, too, but it's more than double the price.  Buy what you like within your budget.

post #20627 of 38584
does this count as multiple complications?



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... sorry I was searching for a Glashutte and came across this monstrosity....
post #20628 of 38584
Egads! That makes me think of this beauty that Hamilton released recently.

post #20629 of 38584

Oh stop it, the pair of you.

 

Now everybody, breeeeeaaaaaathe.....

 

post #20630 of 38584

Some lovely watches on here.

 

My latest addition: STOWA Marine Automatic with sterling silver dial 

 

 

Blued hands shot:

 

Deployant Clasp

 

Nice rear! NWS  inlove.gif

post #20631 of 38584
^ how do you like it? I've actually been thinking of getting one of those in black with the Roman numerals.

that ALS is redonk... what is that like 100K? (probably more!) happy.gif
post #20632 of 38584

More like double...but a quick aesthetic air-freshener for the bad smells that preceded it. :)

 

Congrats, Arctic.  I like that.

post #20633 of 38584

I absolutely love the Stowa Marine - these photos (iPhone 3 musicboohoo[1].gifdon't do it justice at all I'm afraid.....understated, beautifully finished brushed steel case and I can't speak highly enough of their customer service. 

 

Stock photo

 

post #20634 of 38584
I don't think they are carried by shops here in the US. If you don't mind my asking, did you buy from a dealer or just order online?
post #20635 of 38584
You deal directly with Stowa or buy second hand.
post #20636 of 38584

They don't sell through dealers and their business model is now 100% online - orders through their website only I'm afraid.  

 

http://www.stowa.de/lshop,shopstart,13314333412400,en,1331433341-2400,,,,,.htm

 

From wikipedia: "Since around 2001/02, STOWA has almost exclusively sold its watches directly to the customer, either through its website or from its factory in Engelsbrand. STOWA claims that this allows them to keep their distribution, wholesale, and retail costs down, thereby allowing their prices to be lower than if their watches were distributed through a traditional retail network."

 

 

Bit of a waiting list for their watches but usually <6 mths and well worth the wait drool.gif

 

 

Their history is what attracted me to their watches in the first place - ......World War II broke out. Since combat aircraft had become such a powerful wartime tool, navigator’s watches were put into full production along with the other more direct weapons. The German government demanded five manufacturers to build competent B-uhr watches which were both anti magnetic and able to be chronometer certified. It is believed that A. Lange & Sohne, a principal supplier of the time, could not deliver the watches in time for the amounts needed. The German government therefore brought the raw movements and cases to other watchmakers for mounting and regulating. The five companies that were assigned to build the watches were A.Lange & Sohne, International Watch Company, Laco, Stowa and Wempe. 

post #20637 of 38584
Continuing the Moon phase talk, I'm currently searching for one of these (Zenith El Primero from 83-85) for some reason I love that the moon has a face.


Edited by Find Finn - 5/4/13 at 3:35pm
post #20638 of 38584
cool.. thanks Arctic! enjoy the new piece.
post #20639 of 38584
Moonphase? Here's the wife's
post #20640 of 38584
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Originally Posted by Arctic81Fox View Post

Their history is what attracted me to their watches in the first place - ......World War II broke out. Since combat aircraft had become such a powerful wartime tool, navigator’s watches were put into full production along with the other more direct weapons. The German government demanded five manufacturers to build competent B-uhr watches which were both anti magnetic and able to be chronometer certified. It is believed that A. Lange & Sohne, a principal supplier of the time, could not deliver the watches in time for the amounts needed. The German government therefore brought the raw movements and cases to other watchmakers for mounting and regulating. The five companies that were assigned to build the watches were A.Lange & Sohne, International Watch Company, Laco, Stowa and Wempe. 
Stowa does make nice stuff, but you like them because of their Nazi history, not in spite of it!? wink.gif
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