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hi
this watch was my grandfathers, can anyone tell me:
1) Its age
2) Approximate value
3) Where it was sold
4) Is there any original brochures for this watch
5) Is it a common watch
6) Is the strap original
7) Any technical details of the watch
8) would stowa undertake any renovation work of this watch?
9) Are there any other recomendations for renovation of this watch?
Many regards
Simon
 

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Hi Simon,
I´d like to answer to some of your questions:

1) Its age
app. 1960 - 1970
2) Approximate value
I´d like to direct you to ebay.de and you will narrow it down to its worth
3) Where it was sold
Stowa watches mostly have been sold in Germany, but also in CH and F.
4) Is there any original brochures for this watch
I doubt it
5) Is it a common watch
It was a common watch at those times
6) Is the strap original
Can´t say but I assume it´s not. But it´s out of the same time period at least
7) Any technical details of the watch
Without a pic of the movement ? Hard to say. Could be a swiss movement as well as a PUW movement
8) would stowa undertake any renovation work of this watch?
A mail to [email protected] will tell :)
9) Are there any other recomendations for renovation of this watch?
Belongs to the place you are living right now

Pic shows some similar (not necessarily identical watches)

 

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Hi Mike, thanks very much for the reply - my grandfather lived in Germany between 1946 and 1951, then the UK so I guess he didn't buy it when in Germany. Are your watches in the picture of 1960-1970?
The inscriptions on my watch are:
face - STOWA, 17 JEWELS, SHOCKPROOF, FOREIGN??
rear - WATERPROOF
side(bottom) - PLAQUE 610 MICRONS
I can't make out the 'FOREIGN' exactly because its right at the edge of the face, but it was common to put this on non UK produced products being sold in the UK - this may imply that the watch was retailed in the UK - what do you think?
What is a PUW movement?
Any further information is much appreciated.
Many regards
Simon :)
 
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The watches shown in the picture are part of the Stowa museum and they date from 1960-1970.
17 jewels was common as well as the use of plaque.

"FOREIGN" indeed may imply that the watch was made for the GB market.

PUW stands for Pforzheimer Uhrenwerke (Pforzheim Watch Movements). Pforzheim was the home town of Stowa and known as one of the cities in Germany, where watchmaking has a strong and long tradition (Glashütte is the other well known centre of watchmaking).

You may read more regarding the history of Stowa at www.stowa.com .

PUW movements have been very popular, you may try google to get more information.
 

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Hi -

Now more of an incentive than ever to pop on down to Pforzheim...

I was about to go into a serious bout of watch envy otherwise... :)

JohnF
 
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