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    Advice on Stowa Antea

    Hi there

    I have been looking for a simple, white / silver faced watch for a while now and seriously considered the Marine Automatic ( not yet out the frame ), but I keep on going back to the Antea - it would be a nice change from my other watches and I like the design - bit of a classic etc...

    I am just torn between the 365 and 390 for the automatic versions and still a little drawn by the hand wound, 'original' model.

    All my watches have been arund the 40mm size and I am both concerned that the 365 will be too small ( 7 1/4 " wrist ) and that the 39mm may look a little large, being mostly dial - my Fortis PP Day / Date is similarly all dial but being a matt black perhaps wears smaller than the Antea would.

    Could anyone advise on the choice in this range and how large each of the models wears?

    Many thanks

    Whiff

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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    I have a 7 1/4" wrist and to me the 365 is far too small and the 39mm is about right - but I like them more around 42-44mm for my wrist.
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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    If you use the search function - there are many threads on the issue of size - and worries potential purchasers have.
    The consensus is usually that size doesn't matter - that Stowa's wear larger than their dimensions suggest, due to their ultra thin bezels.

    I have a 7.5" (19cms) wrist.

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    At only 35.5mm it should be too small but actually it's perfect.
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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    I was worried about the size of the KS being too small on my 7.5" wrist but I really enjoy wearing it and love it for its lack of bulk. All of my other watches are 40-42mm and I have no issues going back and forth. The long lugs and slim bezel make it wear much larger than the numbers would make you think, here's a wrist shot:

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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    Wow - thanks both for the wrist shots - they certainly don't apear too small at all and from seeing these, I feel that I am leaning toward the smaller 365 model - it would make a nice change from wearing my larger watches, especially as it will be primarily a dress piece for me. Thanks for the input - and they look great, by the way :)

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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    Well - my mind's made up - after much deliberation over initially, the Stowa Marine and then, the Antea 390 and 365, I've set my mind on the beautiful 365 - a brave move really, since I have worn nothing smaller than 39mm in the last 7 years, though 39mm / 40mm seems about right for me and I dislike the larger watches, finding even 42mm a bit uncomfortable, so the 365 with its large dial will probably feel fine and a nice change from my other watches. I haven't 'pulled the trigger' yet, but I'm looking forward to it!

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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    Quote Originally Posted by whifferdill View Post
    Hi there

    I have been looking for a simple, white / silver faced watch for a while now and seriously considered the Marine Automatic ( not yet out the frame ), but I keep on going back to the Antea - it would be a nice change from my other watches and I like the design - bit of a classic etc...

    I am just torn between the 365 and 390 for the automatic versions and still a little drawn by the hand wound, 'original' model.

    All my watches have been arund the 40mm size and I am both concerned that the 365 will be too small ( 7 1/4 " wrist ) and that the 39mm may look a little large, being mostly dial - my Fortis PP Day / Date is similarly all dial but being a matt black perhaps wears smaller than the Antea would.

    Could anyone advise on the choice in this range and how large each of the models wears?

    Many thanks

    Whiff
    I have the same wrist size as you and I too was worried. When I opened the box to look at my KS I was pleasantly surprised that 35mm wasn't all that small.




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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    Beautiful! I have no qualms on size now, but the situation has become even more complicated since going back and looking at the Nomos Tangente! I do like a date feature and obvioulsy the price of the Stowa is as attractive as the watch, but then so is the movement and even more minimalist dial of the Tangente - why are these things never simple?

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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    Don't forget the complete Stowa package... superb customer service, hell even this forum.
    I've heard many good things about Nomos watches but nothing about their back-up, their customer service etc etc
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    Re: Advice on Stowa Antea

    Thanks - I'm set with the 365 now - and I'm actually a fan of the 2824 - very robust and reliable.

    Worth getting the chronometer or not? Anyone?

    Minutes are the Milestones of Aviation - Fred, in 'Fools and Birds Fly'

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