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Hey guys,

I'm a little green here, and I could use some help in making a decision.

I love Omega watches (I know that they're a little too mainstream for some, but I always thought of them as nice, understated watches. If you know watches, you respect it. If you don't know watches, you might think "that's a nice watch" but wouldn't necessarily think "who does this guy think he is?"

At any rate, I had been wanting a pilot's watch for some time and got my name on the list for a Stowa Flieger without Logo (still haven't gotten the "ready for pay" email yet, but it's due in the next few weeks). BUT, I also love the Omega Railmaster (discontinued now, as I understand). I found a new one locally on a brown strap, and every time I put it on, it just feels right.

My wife, God bless her, has allowed me many of my vices (stereo equipment, new and vintage, pipe smoking in the house, etc.), but she has made a rule that I may buy only one more watch before finishing residency, whether that's a Stowa or the Railmaster (big price difference, I know).

So (if you made it this far, thank you), what do you all think - Omega Railmaster or Stowa Flieger without Logo?

Thanks in advance.
 

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Only you can make this decision! You have to go with the one YOU like the looks of best! But if it were my decision, I'd be all over that Railmaster!!! HaHa I've loved that watch since I first laid eyes on it, it is just beautiful....Classy. I'm a little biased though, I've never owned a Stowa (although there are very nice!) but I have owned 3 Omegas, 2254.50 Seamaster Pro, and 2 Planet Oceans. (still have the PO XL)

Let us know what you decide and be sure to post pictures when it arrives! Good luck!
 
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This thread needs pics. I like both watches you are thinking about but I'd personally prefer the Railmaster:



Probably depends what else you already have though. The railmaster is classy andcasual IMO. If you already have something like that then the Airman might be the way to go.
 

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Kind of apple vs. pear. If it comes down to a Flieger the Railmaster does not fit the remit (my take at lest). IWC would fit better.
 

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I probably like the Stowa a little better, but I think of their flieger as more of a pure sport watch. The Railmaster is great as well and could probably be strectched to function as a dressier watch if that's something you need. If you do need vesatility and having an exceptionally high quality flieger interests you then Mike's right; IWC’s Mark XVl is tough to beat – particularly the Spitfire.


Classic:

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Spitfire:

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Two great watches. What makes this especially poignant is that this is your last watch purchase. At least I think that's what I read. Anyway, I am about to receive my first "real" watch after more than a year of obsession on WUS and it is going to be a Stowa. That said, I think the Railmaster is one gorgeous hunk of watch. And if I thought I had one watch left to buy and it was between the Stowa and the RM I'd go RM.
 

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Thank you all very much. It won't be my last watch ever, but my last one for a few years (when I finish my residency training). I am a big fan of the IWC, too. And I agree the Railmaster does not fit the Flieger role. But right now I'm trying to find a watch that I can dress up and dress down. Currently, my collection includes a Seamaster Pro (graduation gift from parents and wife 4 years ago), a Timex Heritage (great simple beater), and a Nike sports watch (for athletic activity of course). I'm looking for something that I can wear with a suit for interviews and professional presentations or with jeans and a trench coat. I love my Seamaster Pro, but I think it's too sporty for some occasions. I thought the Flieger would fit that bill, but I'm starting to have doubts. Plus, I really like investing in watches that I can pass down to my children one day. (Plus I need something to hold me over until I can afford my dream watch one day - the Speedy Pro.)

Thank you again very much.
 

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But right now I'm trying to find a watch that I can dress up and dress down...I'm looking for something that I can wear with a suit for interviews and professional presentations or with jeans and a trench coat...I love my Seamaster Pro, but I think it's too sporty for some occasions. I thought the Flieger would fit that bill, but I'm starting to have doubts.
It sounds like someone needs to start shopping for a Railmaster. You know they come in two sizes - 36mm and 39mm - correct? There's also a giant XXL model but at 49mm it's not very practical. If you do opt for the Railmaster, I might recommend popping over to the Omega forum and asking for purchasing advice. There are numerous members there who have had multiple successful transactions with certain dealers and they'd be glad to pass along such information in the form of a PM. I'm not sure about the current status of some of these dealers now that Omega's moving more towards the boutique way of doing things.

P.S. There's no reason why a mechanical watch as nice as a Stowa Flieger couldn't be passed on if properly maintained.
 

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Thank you all for your thoughts and suggestions. I'm leaning more towards the Railmaster now. I will post pics once I have one or the other...
 

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I've been lusting for a Railmaster for a while now but they're getting difficult to get new...especially the 39mm on SS bracelet...
 

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I just wanted to comment on this whole 'watch matching the occasion' business. As far as I can tell most people simply don't wear watches. So I wouldn't worry so much whether you have the right watch for the occasion/environment. If anybody at your work or elsewhere gives a damn, then just by virtue of wearing a watch you are going to stand out. But most likely they won't. Just get the watch you like.
 

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Definitely the railmaster. I brought a aqua terra seamaster instead of the railmaster . I still ponder sometimes if i made the right decision? The silver dial was the only barrier i had to my decision. I love silver and i couldn't live with a black dial otherwise i would of taken the rail! Hehe
 

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... So I wouldn't worry so much whether you have the right watch for the occasion/environment...
Gonna have to disagreed with you there. Based on personal experience, wearing a rubber strap with a black suit will get you some unwanted attention. (Dress watch being serviced, haven't bought a bracelet and feels naked without a watch.)
 
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