The Watch Appreciation Thread (Reviews and Photos of Men's Timepieces by Rolex, Patek Philippe, Brei

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gdl203, May 20, 2007.

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  1. Arctic81Fox

    Arctic81Fox Member

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    Some lovely watches on here.

    My latest addition: STOWA Marine Automatic with sterling silver dial

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    Blued hands shot:
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    Deployant Clasp
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    Nice rear! NWS [​IMG]
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  2. Kid Nickels

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

    Congrats, Arctic. I like that.
     


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    I absolutely love the Stowa Marine - these photos (iPhone 3 [​IMG]) don'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

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  5. Kid Nickels

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    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?
     


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    You deal directly with Stowa or buy second hand.
     


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    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 [​IMG]


    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.
     
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    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.

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    cool.. thanks Arctic! enjoy the new piece.
     


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    Moonphase? Here's the wife's
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    Stowa does make nice stuff, but you like them because of their Nazi history, not in spite of it!? ;)
     
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    Are you implying that any technical development should be rejected if it was made under the Nazi regime? Based on this logic the Speedmaster is a Nazi watch. After all we would've never made it to the moon without the help of Persons who had the bad luck of having to work under the Nazis.

    In any case, back on track:

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    Sorry to bring it up yet AGAIN but I re-stumbled upon this while web surfing and I can't help myself.. Since we've been talking about Moons and Germans and what not I figure it's still topical..

    I would be so happy with this newer PML.

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    Dino doesn't like that I love that watch haha. I actually brought it up again in my rationale to Newcomer for not loving the Lange 1 Moonphase.
     


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