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post #3496 of 34778
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Originally Posted by up1bin View Post
My first "real" watch... Stowa Marine Automatic. Stowa's customer service was top notch! I think the Marine Auto makes for a great dress watch. My next purchase most likely will be a Chronograph... perhaps the Archimede Pilot Chrono? I don't think my small wrist can support a watch greater than 42mm. Any recommendations on a Gator/Croc grained leather band?
Nice! I just got notice that mine has finished production and is ready for payment. So and . I picked up a Di-Modell Alligator Louisiana and its really nice. Well worth the money. WatchBoys and Camille Fournet are big on here as well.
post #3497 of 34778
^^^ Stowa's are pretty sick. Yours has inspired me to get one. Is the only way to get them from Stowa themselves? I really like the Marine automatic and I think it's like 600 bucks from them which seems like a really good deal but I'm worried about shipping to the U.S. Also, they recommend upgrading the movement for a couple hundred I think. Is this worth it? What are the benefits? Sorry for the newb questions. I was just checking on their site and if I ordered now it looks like it would come in towards the end of November. Any idea of what the customs fees would be?
post #3498 of 34778
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Originally Posted by Jbreen1 View Post
^^^ Stowa's are pretty sick. Yours has inspired me to get one. Is the only way to get them from Stowa themselves? I really like the Marine automatic and I think it's like 600 bucks from them which seems like a really good deal but I'm worried about shipping to the U.S. Also, they recommend upgrading the movement for a couple hundred I think. Is this worth it? What are the benefits? Sorry for the newb questions.

I was just checking on their site and if I ordered now it looks like it would come in towards the end of November. Any idea of what the customs fees would be?

Yes, you can only purchase from Stowa direct thru their website (if you're in the USA). They overnight ship via FedEx (it took 1 day from Germany to my door step!), so shipping shouldn't be a problem. I'm sure FedEx will send me a customs bill pretty soon, I'll let you know how much that comes out to be...

I would recommend against getting the COSC upgraded movement and save your $$. I timed my watch and it seems to be about +6 sec/day, and from what I've read, they settle to about +4 sec/day, which is pretty good IMHO. Plus, the standard ETA movement looks damn good, without whatever visual upgrades the COSC movement might come with.

I'm liking the Marine Auto very much, especially since this is my first mechanical watch and the second hand & see thru movement motions are fascinating to look at. You won't regret it, especially if you are looking for a minimalistic and very legible design.
post #3499 of 34778
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Originally Posted by Jbreen1 View Post
Another shot. I think this shows the proportions better but I still think it's just a couple mm too big. Trying to decide if I should keep it or go back and find something a bit smaller. Any thoughts?

Looks better in this pic mate. Very nice, keep it and don't become overly paranoid about a few mm
post #3500 of 34778
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Originally Posted by Jbreen1 View Post
^^^ Stowa's are pretty sick. Yours has inspired me to get one. Is the only way to get them from Stowa themselves? I really like the Marine automatic and I think it's like 600 bucks from them which seems like a really good deal but I'm worried about shipping to the U.S. Also, they recommend upgrading the movement for a couple hundred I think. Is this worth it? What are the benefits? Sorry for the newb questions. I was just checking on their site and if I ordered now it looks like it would come in towards the end of November. Any idea of what the customs fees would be?
Shipping is $40 and customs should run about $15 - 25 if they ding you. Don't bother with the COSC. The Stowa movement is plenty good. There are several used Stowas on Watchuseek and TimeZone. Save that, you've got to get it from them.
post #3501 of 34778
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Originally Posted by imightbechad View Post
What watch is this?

Can't see enough of the watch to tell for sure but my guess is a no-date submariner with a modified dial.

I'd like to know too.
post #3502 of 34778
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Originally Posted by IB240996 View Post
Can't see enough of the watch to tell for sure but my guess is a no-date submariner with a modified dial.

I'd like to know too.
TOTAL guess but I'd say it's a custom, maybe by MKII or something. A lot of Yao's older stuff looked very similar to that. I haven't seen the new stuff.
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Originally Posted by robinsongreen68 View Post
singular, details on that black sub please?

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Originally Posted by Singular View Post
PVD case and bezel, 2892 movement, dial and (perhaps) hands from Bill Yao/MkII, strap from www.singularstraps.se - everything put together by my fav watchmaker.

/M

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post #3504 of 34778
LoL Anyone know how much something like that would run? It would make for a cool beater setup if cheap enough.
post #3505 of 34778
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Originally Posted by Rambo View Post
Shipping is $40 and customs should run about $15 - 25 if they ding you. Don't bother with the COSC. The Stowa movement is plenty good.

Yeah, I seem to recall that customs for my Stowa was about 20 bucks (I received a bill in the mail from Fed Ex a week or so after delivery).

I also would recommend skipping the COSC and use the savings toward another watch.
post #3506 of 34778
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Originally Posted by IB240996 View Post
LoL

Anyone know how much something like that would run? It would make for a cool beater setup if cheap enough.

This MKII looks pretty similar.
http://www.mkiiwatches.com/WSWrapper...e=cd01_new.htm
post #3507 of 34778
Seiko 5 I just got with Hadley Roma band.








post #3508 of 34778
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Originally Posted by up1bin View Post
My first "real" watch... Stowa Marine Automatic. Stowa's customer service was top notch! I think the Marine Auto makes for a great dress watch. My next purchase most likely will be a Chronograph... perhaps the Archimede Pilot Chrono? I don't think my small wrist can support a watch greater than 42mm.

Any recommendations on a Gator/Croc grained leather band?





I have that watch and wear it with a navy gator band that matches the blued hands. Looks pretty good IMO. Lacquered black looks good as well. Didnt care for the OEM band.

dl
post #3509 of 34778
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Originally Posted by dl20 View Post
I have that watch and wear it with a navy gator band that matches the blued hands. Looks pretty good IMO. Lacquered black looks good as well. Didnt care for the OEM band. dl
I'm getting mine shipped without the band since they can't ship croc through customs. I've been thinking about putting a navy croc on it to alternate with the mahogany croc I already picked up.
post #3510 of 34778
Where do you folks buy aftermarket straps?
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