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Hi.

I mostly hang out over on the Omega board and have been lusting after a Speedmaster Professional (3573.50 sapphire sandwich) for the past several months.

As I have started exploring the world of watches, I have found myself drawn to the clean, timeless designs involving large, highly-readable Arabic numerals. I've found myself reading about and looking at pictures of Sinn, Panerai, and several of the brands that offer the pilots'/Flieger watches.

Specifically, I am falling in love with the Stowa Airman series. I prefer the watches without the logo and with the display back. My favorite would have to be the Airman Original -- stunning watch at a reasonable price.

EDIT: I just started checking out the Marine Original with the Roman numerals, too! That and a AO would be a stunning set to complement one another.

The more I read about these watches, the more I like them. I think I will probably start spending some time on this board, and I just wanted to say "hello." Hopefully before long, I will learn the Stowa language and further appreciate the brand.

My main question for now is where most people buy these watches? Are they only available through Stowa's website and in the Sales Corners of various watch websites?

If you have any helpful links or "classic" threads that a newbie should read, please let me know.

Thanks,
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Hello Zeppelin and welcome to the only serious web page for discussion of Stowa's watches; you will find the German watch pages of other sites will have some content, TZ is an obvious one, but this is the only serious site IMV.

In terms of purchasing these watches, you will occasionally find listings on the sales pages of this and other sites, but most people buy new and deal directly with Stowa. Great people to deal with and you'll see lots of kudos on these pages for people like Ms. Viveca Hafner and Regine Schauer. Both of them will make any purchase transaction a pleasure. Watchbuys does handle a couple of the sportswatches if you are in the US, but the the only other retail opportunities are from some stores in Germany, AFAIK, and many of Stowa's watches are not available other than from Stowa directly.

Oh, and I second your vote for the AO/MO combo!!! Enjoy your time!
 
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My main question for now is where most people buy these watches? Are they only available through Stowa's website and in the Sales Corners of various watch websites?

If you want a new one you have to order online from Stowa directly, sometimes Watchbuys sells Stowa (for example the red12).
In the past some LE have been announced here on the forum and sold online, by e-mail or regisiering on a special web site Jörg opened for that purpose.

BTW: Welcome to the Official Jörg Schauer & Stowa Forum.:-!
 

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Hi Zep - welcome to Stowa!

We love these timepieces and the family-style company that produces them.

I had a 3573.50 and gladly sold it, although I have other Omegas I enjoy.

As for the Airman, you can use the Search function at the top of this page to find virtually anything you want about the Stowa watches - lots of loyalty around here.

Ordering directly from Stowa is really the only way to go - superlative service and communication. As for how long you'll have to wait to receive a hand-made Airman Original, you can find that at the top of the page as well as the approximate delivery time of the rest of the fine Stowa line.

Care, craftsmanship, quality, and communication. What else to ask for...a few images to keep you on track! :-!

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Welcome! Glad you stopped by.

Stowa's are really quality products. I love my MO LE, and my Seatime. :-!
 

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Hi Zep, and welcome to the Stowa Forum. There are many great things about this forum and other posters have mentioned them. For me, the information about Stowa watches is second to none. There are some real experts on the forum who can answer just about any question on Stowa watches. The information is limitless. But ever more important to me is the friendliness of the community. It would be hard to mention everyone individually but I enjoy all of the people here. It is my favorite watch community because of that feeling. Anyway, here are my two Stowa watches. I still covet that MO LE but who knows what else will be coming out soon. Stephen

 

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Hey guys, quick question -- do you pronounce it "Sto-wah" or "Sto-vah"?

I'm guessing it's not "sto-way" or "sto-vay"....

...but I'm unsure how to pronounce the "W"....this is due to watching Katarina "V"itt growing up... :)
 

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By the way, thanks to everyone for the welcome. I look forward to learning about these watches and hopefully eventually owning one.

I think I am still going to pull the trigger on the Omega first, but this would be a neat watch to follow up with and not absolutely break the bank.
 

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Hey guys, quick question -- do you pronounce it "Sto-wah" or "Sto-vah"?

I'm guessing it's not "sto-way" or "sto-vay"....

...but I'm unsure how to pronounce the "W"....this is due to watching Katarina "V"itt growing up... :)
I pronounce it "sto-wah" so I don't sound pretentious around my non-WIS friends. My german buddy Sebastian says it's pronounced "shto-vah".
 

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Zeppelin, welcome. Your experience mirrors mine - I too looked at Sinn and various others before landing here. Buying a watch from a large house such as Omega is fine, but the beauty of owning and wearing a Stowa is in the knowledge that your watch was specifically made for YOU at your request. It feels much more personal than a piece from a big brand.

Enjoy.
 

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Hello and welcome!

I own the 2 that you mentionned (almost for the marine), both bought directly from Stowa on their site. I can only tell you that you won't regret the money spent on your future(s) Stowa watch(es).
Here are mine:


For the Airman Original, you will have to wait, but we all did, and i was worth the wait.
 

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Hi Zep,

i own some of the watches you mentioned. All of them are quite fascinating timepieces.


Everyone in its own way. Speedmaster - truly classic, think more than the most watches you can actually buy. Panerai, dto. But thinking about the mentioned Stowas, i came to the the conclusion, like the most of us here. FO an MO are a great couple. They belong together, black and white, ying and yang;). Surely you won`t regret the purchase, whenever, now or in the future.

Buying is quite easy in the online store. Nothing you had to bother.
You wrote, that you`ll first go for the Speedmaster, a good choice no doubt.
But as we are all a bit crazy, I would choose the following way. ;););)

Buying a Speedmaster in the original version (Plexi with massive Caseback), so you`ll
have a little money over for the MO;). So you`ll get two classic watches at once without spendig more money. And afterwards I would order the AO. Delivery Terms are as mentioned long an you`ll get a lot of time;););) to raise the money for that special piece. How does this sounds. Ok, just my weired thougts of it;)

Wish a lot of fun chasing the right watches for you.

Greetings

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Impressive collection, congrats Frank :-!
Thx, Mike.:)

But as always, there`s a lot of space for improvement yet. Wishes are endless, not so the money :). After several restructures of my collection, i came to the conclusion, that I only want to have real "classic" watches in my collection which always will stand the test of time. Don`t like these "en vogue" gimmick watches like U-boat, actual Zenith`s a a lot more.

But, I think a few models are still on my wish list. Like Sea Dweller (old), Navitimer, Panerai Radiomir and a few more. We`ll see, when or if it ever will be. It`s a lot easier, if you sell one one and get another therefore, but in my case actually I`m not willing to sell one of these watches, because I like them all a lot and so it`s "fresh" money what`s needed to fulfill some of these wishes. That`s the bad thing on beeing a "WIS";-):-d.

Greetings

Frank

Greetings Frank
 

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Frank,

We have very similar tastes in watches. I love the Stowas, the Omegas, and the PAM. I went through a PAM phase, but I just could never convince myself to pony up that much for a watch.

A lot of the guys over on the Omega forum think the Hesalite Speedy is the only Speedy, but I plan to wear this watch daily and want the peace of mind of the sapphire crystal. I also would love to have the display back as well -- it's a beautiful movement. It will certainly cost a bit more, but from the AD that most of the guys buy from -- it's only about a $600 difference, which I'm more than willing to pay for the convenience of sapphire.

The Speedy Sapphire Sandwich will probably be my only watch for a good while, but there's a good chance a Stowa could be in queue down the road. In the meantime, I hope to learn about them and enjoy everyone's photos and stories on here. It's a great watch and a great community.

Hi Zep,

i own some of the watches you mentioned. All of them are quite fascinating timepieces.


Everyone in its own way. Speedmaster - truly classic, think more than the most watches you can actually buy. Panerai, dto. But thinking about the mentioned Stowas, i came to the the conclusion, like the most of us here. FO an MO are a great couple. They belong together, black and white, ying and yang;). Surely you won`t regret the purchase, whenever, now or in the future.

Buying is quite easy in the online store. Nothing you had to bother.
You wrote, that you`ll first go for the Speedmaster, a good choice no doubt.
But as we are all a bit crazy, I would choose the following way. ;););)

Buying a Speedmaster in the original version (Plexi with massive Caseback), so you`ll
have a little money over for the MO;). So you`ll get two classic watches at once without spendig more money. And afterwards I would order the AO. Delivery Terms are as mentioned long an you`ll get a lot of time;););) to raise the money for that special piece. How does this sounds. Ok, just my weired thougts of it;)

Wish a lot of fun chasing the right watches for you.

Greetings

Frank
 

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Hi Zep,

i own some of the watches you mentioned. All of them are quite fascinating timepieces.


Everyone in its own way. Speedmaster - truly classic, think more than the most watches you can actually buy. Panerai, dto. But thinking about the mentioned Stowas, i came to the the conclusion, like the most of us here. FO an MO are a great couple. They belong together, black and white, ying and yang;). Surely you won`t regret the purchase, whenever, now or in the future.

Buying is quite easy in the online store. Nothing you had to bother.
You wrote, that you`ll first go for the Speedmaster, a good choice no doubt.
But as we are all a bit crazy, I would choose the following way. ;););)

Buying a Speedmaster in the original version (Plexi with massive Caseback), so you`ll
have a little money over for the MO;). So you`ll get two classic watches at once without spendig more money. And afterwards I would order the AO. Delivery Terms are as mentioned long an you`ll get a lot of time;););) to raise the money for that special piece. How does this sounds. Ok, just my weired thougts of it;)

Wish a lot of fun chasing the right watches for you.

Greetings

Frank
Hi Frank

Is that the Airman manual or the Airman automatic? What kind of strap is that?
 
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