Hi - I'm new to the forum, and while not a watch collector, am interested in both the Stowa and Schauer watches, as they seem to have excellent workmanship, nice designs, and comparatively good value. The aspect of them being well regarded by watch aficionados yet not as common as say rolexes, is also appealing IMO.
I am thinking of buying either a Stowa Marine (not sure whether to go original or automatic) or a Schauer Chronograph Edition 10 (white face). Clearly these choices are rather different in terms of price, but I have a few questions, that hopefully someone will be kind enough to assist with:
1) I have a small wrist (approx 16.5 - 17cms I think). It's hard to evaluate a watch without trying it on, but would both of these watches look ridiculously large? I realize that's a matter of opinion, but any thoughts are welcome
2) Any thoughts on respective pros/cons of the two watches I'm contemplating
3) I'm based in the continental US - regarding payment of taxes/duty, have people here had any issues, or is it all taken care of as long as the price paid in the online store is the tax inclusive price? One of the advantages it seems of going with the secondhand market, is the avoidance of any such problems.
Thanks to anyone who can help