Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa
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    Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    Hi everyone, just picked up a vintage Stowa here from another user.

    He was sure everything is original to the watch, but just wanted to verify with people more knowledgeable than I; the minutes hand seems a bit long to me, and the hands are quite blue (reblued at some point?)



    Thank you for your help.
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    Re: Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    I would agree about the hands. Other than that, to really verify it, we would need to be able to see the movement inside.....

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    Re: Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    Interesting
    It has a STOWA tag attached to make it appear NOS.
    But minute hand is not looking correct, and I suspect a reworked dial.
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    Re: Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    +1. IMO a redial, but not a bad one (at least so it seems when I look at this photo).
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    Re: Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    Reworked dial was my concern as well, but after taking a close look at the photo I am not sure myself.

    I think it might be original... movement is a legit Stowa, I'll post up a photo later!
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    Re: Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    Hi there,

    I believe the watch can well be 100% genuine. Consider that maufacturers take hand sizes easy now and then, and that a redial of this quality would cost more than you'll ever get for the complete watch.

    Nevertheless I'd not buy it without movement photo, because occasionally empty demonstration models are filled with battered movements. How I learned my n.o.s.- lesson, you can read here
    Ranfft Watches, Troubles

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    Re: Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    Good caveat Roland, and the two examples you show in the blog make my blood boil!

    I agree there appears to be nothing wrong with the dial and hands too.
    Last edited by bobbee; July 22nd, 2015 at 13:17.
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    Re: Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    Thank you Roland and bobbee for your inputs. I am in agreement that a redial here seems impractical, and given the condition of the dial (slight oxide splotch between 8 and 9, marker at 6 slightly damaged) it would not make sense for it to be a redial.

    Here is the listing with the movement photos: https://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/fs-...l-2123570.html

    The movement is not in great shape, and some of the dark spots on the center of screws might even indicate the screw has broken. Regardless, I love the look of the watch and upon buying it I committed to fixing it up. It'll be a nice project.
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    Re: Looking to confirm originality of vintage Stowa

    Interesting that it has an Unitas calibre inside, considering Stowa used so many Durowe and PUW movements. It's probably a precursor of this one (see third picture for the right bridge layout):

    bidfun-db Archiv: Uhrwerke: Unitas 6310N

    ...possibly a Cal. UT 173, going by what's under the balance.

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