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I became interested in mechanical watches a couple of years ago. I had had a succession of cheap quartz watches that broke and, didn’t offer a great experience. I began to think that I would like something richer and more satisfying with more quality. From that point on, until now, it has been a constant journey of finding out what I do and don’t like and what I want more.

One thing that puts a ‘spanner in the works’ for me is that I don’t like secondhand watches. Rightly or wrongly (and I saw a thread here a week or two back that seemed to say ‘definitely wrongly’). I want my own watch. One that is mine and which goes with me all the way. I don’t want one that has been someone else’s.

In 2019, that lead me to buy a Stowa, a Partitio, classic black automatic. It’s a lovely watch but, whilst I like the idea of being a ‘one watch man’, and I am sure the bank manager/wife would agree with that for me, I can’t help but think that I would also like one or possibly, two more.

The other day, I found this old page from Worn and Wound - Stowa Introduces the Flieger TO1 and New Manual-Wind Chrono Options. It starts with the T01 but then moves onto the then-current collection. Take a look. My impression was 'Wow! These are the most beautiful and glamorous watches I have ever seen.' You need to scroll to the bottom to see all of the pictures. I know that they’re shot like that but, they do look fantastic. Those are the watches that I would like to buy, but... you can’t get them anymore, at least not quite like that.

Recently, Stowa has done special and limited editions of blue, sunburst and silver dials, bronze and sports-cased watches. Even now, with thermally-brown hands. I think that these are all great, sometimes, beautiful even.

There is another limited edition that I would like to see more. One which I think would be very cheap for Stowa to make and not tie up capital in slow-selling stock. I believe that it would make them money whilst making a good set of Stowa watch lovers like me, very happy. It could be a win all round.

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Imagine a no date Weiss or Ikarus offer. This is what I suggest, a very small change to a standard line and made once a year to each line in turn so that people like me could have time to save up.

It could become a small yearly event.

This could run over all the lines but possibly start with those where it has never been offered before, the Back to Bauhaus and the Marine 36 small seconds.

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Then it could move onto the main lines of the Antea and finally, the Flieger.

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Again, I would begin with the Weiss and the Ikarus and then move onto the Classic black. I would also offer the Weiss and Ikarus without date as you can see in my terrible Photoshop efforts here.

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As things stand now, I really like the black Back to Bauhaus small seconds, but feel that it’s not quite there. There is something not quite right which stops me from buying.

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However, with this change, I believe the dial would be balanced so much better. The curves, the lines of the numbers, seem to flow and work all the way across the face of the watch. It seems more unified as a design and to be at one pace. The Stowa seems to fit right in.

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They could even change the colour to highlight the offer. It doesn’t have to be some big statement about old and new logos or some kind of admission, but could instead, be something positive in its own right. A blue variant, either dark blue or light blue, like the colour of the blue steeled hands. Blue seems to fit with the past and at the same time, offer something striking.

Anyway, it’s just a thought, but I believe it would be a popular one. I don’t suppose it would ever happen, but I wish it would. I would be happy with any of these..
 

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I agree with mike, I’d love to see what they come up with if they started from scratch and created a new watch. They did this with the TO series and it would be cool if they did something like that again.
 

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I can see where you are all coming from but my point is that I like the watches that exist. I want the old logo and either just have it in a subtle grey, white or maybe a blue. Visually, it makes a massive difference. That is what I was saying with the Worn and Wound page. I want one of these but I don’t want to by a second hand one.
 

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I would buy a 200m WR, 39-40 mm flieger in a heart beat. Alternatively, seatime/pro diver in 39-40mm, thin(ner) ~12-13mm thick, 200-300m WR. Anything I can safely go under a shower or into a swimming pool with*.

*and isn’t gigantic, thick brick

edit: throw in applied indices without numerals and a date you can have all my moneys
 

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It's not an all together bad idea but I think that it would get kind of confusing and there would be too many variants. And I, unlike most, am completely in favor of using the new logo on anything short of a limited edition special watch. It's the logo that the owner has chosen to go with and I happen to like it more than the original.

Like Mike and Stowie said, I'd prefer to see completely new watches as well but this isn't the easiest thing to do for a relatively small company. Actually when you compare Stowa to other smaller German manufacturers like Laco, Archimede, Damasko, or whomever, Stowa has a much more varied offering. And Stowa does have some truly unique watches like the Rana and the Schauer models but these are fairly expensive because they are truly custom watches. It takes a lot to put a new model into production if you are not sure it's what your customers want so in addition to their already varied standard offerings, you have some very nice custom watches available. I have yet to see a consensus on a completely new type of watch that everyone thinks Stowa should have.
 

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Manufacturers with a history release new watches with designs and logos similar to their historical models, as it does Longines and I like this trend.
 

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Agree with Mike. I love a lot of what Stowa does.
I love the Prodiver, but tire of a slightly different colour being the new one each year. A smaller, redesigned Prodiver or Seatime would be most welcome.

I really like the Verus as a side-step away from the Flieger, but there's only so much that can be done when constrained with the historical Flieger DNA.

A whole new model wold be most welcome.
 

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I can see where you are all coming from but my point is that I like the watches that exist. I want the old logo and either just have it in a subtle grey, white or maybe a blue. Visually, it makes a massive difference. That is what I was saying with the Worn and Wound page. I want one of these but I don’t want to by a second hand one.
Agree with you. A new model is fine if I like it, but no guarantee there. As it is, I have the Marine 36 and the silver LE b2b and would not hesitate to add either/both models with subtle changes that speak to me. I've done it before and will probably always do so . . .
 
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I love your renderings here, especially the old logo no date white Flieger. I hope you make some more new ones soon. Maybe a whole new thread for renderings? I don’t think Jörg will make them with the old logo but hopefully he will consider the no date White and no date Ikarus. Those look fantastic and would just require them to get a new dial made (should be even less costly than the date version to produce) and maybe that will be considered for a LE or a full production run.
 

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Perhaps for many customers an acceptable compromise for new models would be to move the Anker symbol above the name, as it is located on seatimes prodivers and many models of the 60s-10s if this font is so important, although the dive S is a pity.


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Another historical model of the 30s, which was produced on the PUW 500 movement and issued as a Dienstuhren, urgently requires a revival in size 38 mm with black and with white dials. It is enough to slightly increase the small second subdial.
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