German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

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    German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    Quick background: in mid-summer I decided to switch up a couple of pieces that I wear a lot to work. At the time (early July), I placed an order for two Stowas: a Marine Automatic and an Antea Black. The Marine Automatic was scheduled to arrive in mid-October and the Antea in mid-December. I agreed with my wife during the summer that the Antea would be a birthday present (my birthday is next Thursday). Long story short, my experience with the Marine was disappointing from a Customer Service perspective (documented in other threads - it arrived a month late after a few frustrating interactions) and I still haven't received the payment email on the Antea. There's really no way it's going to arrive by end of next week since they send the email two weeks out from shipment. This obviously has only deepened my frustration with Stowa.

    So this weekend I started casually snooping around for alternatives, and I've stumbled upon the Aristo 5H77, which checks off many of the same boxes. Black dial, simple elegant design, 39-42mm, about $500. I'm thinking about buying it instead of the Antea, but there are tradeoffs. Help me. The watch won't be worn in black-tie situations, so doesn't have to be ultra-dressy, but it will be worn in business situations.

    Stowa. The good: despite some poor experience, I still believe in the brand. The Antea is a known quantity with a good reputation. The bad: I'm obviously ticked off at Stowa. I already have multiple watches with the ETA 2824. Date window isn't my preference, but not a deal-breaker, either.


    Aristo. The good: Interesting movement (FE2323.68 Vintage), one that I don't have in my collection already. Like the clean, no-date design. Like the fact that it's a hair bigger than the Stowa. Aristo seems to have a decent reputation. It can be here for my actual birthday. The bad: Have doubts about long-term reliability/servicing of movement. Aristo brand not as strong as Stowa? And most of all, not sure if the Titanium finish will look good/dressy enough to wear in business casual situations and the occasional suit (I don't have any Ti watches to compare).


    What say you, WUS?

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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    Since I'm into vintage calibers, Aristo.

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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    I haven't handled either of them, but to me the Stowa looks much, much classier and more well-proportioned than the Aristo.

    On the basis of looks alone, I would be delighted to wear the Stowa, but the Aristo would be sold or donated if I had one. It just doesn't do it for me I'm afraid.

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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    The France Ebauche would be a no go for me. I would rate the ETA 2824-2 by far to be the better movement. For a small second I'd go for a 7001 equipped watch. Antea KS, Nomos though.
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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    I like the Antea better though I am not a fan of the date models, it is still more attractive than the Aristo. I recently got a KS, it's a beautifully made watch, unfortunately I had to send it back as it was keeping rather poor time but I think it was a fluke and I still have faith in Stowa's quality and customer service.
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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    You should poll the thread!
    I dont own either but i really like the Stowa
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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    Quote Originally Posted by powerballn503 View Post
    You should poll the thread!
    I dont own either but i really like the Stowa
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    Oh gosh, I really should have. D'oh.

    Thanks for the input so far, I really appreciate it.

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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    Oh good, I love showdowns!

    On looks, I would definitely choose the Stowa.

    By the way, I've owned a number of titanium watches, and titanium is hard to dress up.


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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    Stowa, but take a look at Nomos Glashutte.

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    Re: German Bauhaus Showdown: Stowa vs. Aristo

    Take a look at Junghans Max Bill manual wind watches:



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