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Stowa Flieger goes Bronze

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Bhanu Chopra/FF: „We are celebrating a modest 3-year milestone of Flieger Friday at Watchuseek this December. Our very first post was a review of Stowa Ikarus Flieger on December 2016. Over the last three years we have covered pilot watches from around the world including Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Czech Republic, Finland, Japan, India, Singapore, and Canada. Our most popular in-depth posts included history of various fliegers (Baumuster A and B), Flieger Chronograph, French Type 22, British RAF, and a Japanese rare WWII pilot watch. We covered new watch releases from Baselworld, as well as announcements throughout the year. We also narrated background stories and history of watch brands. We had fun reviewing a range of affordable as well as expensive flieger watches.

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So it is only appropriate that Stowa is commemorating Flieger Friday milestone with a bronze pilot watch. This is a first ever bronze watch in Stowa collection! However, this is only the beginning. Stowa will be unveiling few pilot watches with bronze cases in 2019, and into 2020. The Stowa Flieger Friday Bronze Edition is limited to 20 pieces:
12 in Baumuster A dial, and 8 in Baumuster B dial.

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Our team collaborated on the design of this special watch with Stowa CEO and creative head, Joerg Schauer. The idea for this originated at Baselworld 2019 Armbanduhren award ceremony, where Stowa won the Classic Watch of the Year award. Joerg Schauer and Watchuseek met with a German case manufacturer where we discussed this special project. Ultimately bronze case idea won for delivery in 2019.

There are two types of bronze cases currently available – ones that do not oxidize, and the others which do, and form a dark green/brown patina. Joerg wished for a bronze case which has a worn-in look (not too dark brown, or polished bronze) but does not oxidize any further. After the treatment applied by Stowa, it turned out to be a perfect warm brushed bronze with a slightly dark hue. Being a warm dark bronze, the case could be used in several combinations of dials, hands, and straps. Joerg began to tinker with prototypes of green dial with gold hands, or black dial with blue hands which could be seen on Stowa’s Instagram feed.

The Flieger Friday Bronze needed a combination of traditional flieger with modern elements. The winning combination was a traditional sterile black dial (in both Baumuster A and B) with old radium lume. The dial is manufactured in Pforzheim by a dial factory owned by the Swatch Group. The hands chosen were also traditional heated blue with old radium lume. The hands were sourced from the famous Swiss watch hands manufacturer, Universo SA, also part of the Swatch Group. If you are familiar with the Stowa 90th anniversary flieger watches, similar dial and hands were used in those limited edition watches. The movement selected is ETA 2804-2 Elaboré grade hand winding/manual movement with top finish. This movement supports the traditional flieger functionality of central seconds, yet remaining a manual wind.

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Once the watch was conceived, we designed some fun elements like adding a twist to the traditional massive steel case back with a Flieger Friday engraving in Star Wars font. All the watches are numbered x/20 in the case back.

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A matching strap is always a daunting task, however we found a perfect vintage brown leather strap from Kaufmann with beige saddle stitch. Finally, since the release date also happened to fall on Black Friday, Stowa is offering a black pilot style glove by GANE Leather as a gift for the 20 lucky owners. This special glove is made from deer skin and lined with natural wool, handmade in a small atelier in Slovakia. Watchuseek and Flieger Friday readers will get a head start for ordering this special watch 24 hours prior to it appearing on the brand’s website. Click on the link below to directly order from Stowa. The price of the limited edition is 1,290 Euros (including 19% VAT) . We hope to keep you entertained with another year of Flieger Friday posts and perhaps even more Flieger Friday limited editions.

Specs:

Diameter: 40,00mm
Height: 9,20mm
Strap width: 20,00mm
Lug-to-Lug size: 48,60mm
Waterproof:up to 5ATM
Weight: 70 gr.

Case: bronze with STOWA VINTAGE look, screwed case back with FF engraving and serial number

Dial: black matt, numerals/indexes Superluminova Old Radium

Hands: Temperature-blued steel, Superluminova Old Radium

Special feature: This special edition will also come with GANE Leather pilot glove. You already noticed the Stowa logo embossed ?

Movement :ETA 2804-2, top finish with blued screws

Order here: https://www.stowa.de/en/fliegerbronzefliegerfriday.htm


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If the non limited models also have the lightly patinated yet fixed-state case, this will be a compelling watch

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Bummed i missed the A dial
Well done. It’s a great collaboration. Very tasteful and great size too.
 
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Bummed i missed the A dial
Well done. It’s a great collaboration. Very tasteful and great size too.
Same. Would have sold the halios for the a dial.

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I would pay a premium for those hands from the 90th anniversary on the regular model...considering how many options Stowa offers now, I seriously hope it’s only a matter of time before they release a config like shop...set up your own flieger...choose size, choose colour, choose dial, hands, etc. Kind of like Rolex.
 

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I like the look of the bronze cases but do not like the look after they oxidize. This treatment that keeps the original "worn" bronze color is very cool, really like the A dial version.
 

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Very nice looking bronze Flieger. One of the best looking out there I'd say. I almost cancelled my order this morning for my standard Flieger to grab one of these but decided against it. Hopefully I don't regret that decision. Lol

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Only 20 total between the A and B dials? Surely the could have easily moved 5 times that amount with a WUS LE. I hope they have a non-limited edition of these that isn't too far off in terms of design as well as general availability. I really wanted an A-dial with the hand-wound movement and an exhibition case back. The bronze treatment, hands and strap are all fantastic looking.

Side note: 1290 Euros is $1421 US Dollars minus 19% vat is: $1151 USD
 

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Stowa mentioned that due to overwhelming traffic yesterday their webshop has few hiccups, so they had to release several watches for sale again - those transactions did not register.



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Stowa mentioned that due to overwhelming traffic yesterday their webshop has few hiccups, so they had to release several watches for sale again - those transactions did not register.
Transactions that didn’t register ...... that’s exactly how I missed the MO 60 even though I was one of the first ones to order :-(

Hope everyone gets what the thought they had secured already |>
 

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Transactions that didn’t register ...... that’s exactly how I missed the MO 60 even though I was one of the first ones to order :-(

Hope everyone gets what the thought they had secured already |>
Looks like all ended well with all watches processing today :)

I am certain the normal edition bronze pilot will have a display back to satisfy viewing of ETA movement. This LE was to keep in line with more of traditional flieger with massive case back.


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