The email I just received, in its entirety (well except for the German version):
we have good news - our Airman Original serial watch will be released soon !
We are proud to present our Airman Original serial watch with the Unitas 6497 hand-winding movement with Côte de Genève, blue screws, screw balance and swan neg regulator. Specially we want to announce that the second hand will come with hacking function as well.
To learn more about the versions to choose and to see some pictures please visit our STOWA shop.
(european customers can go directly here to the new airman original, non european customers please go here)
Until today we received nearly 400 reservations !
STOWA is a small company with qualified watchmakers.
Each unique watch is built with love for detail and under largest attention of our qualified watchmaker.
Mr. Schauer's priority is beside the Design and the workmanship of his watches.
Each model which leaves our house will be proofed and checked by himself.
In no case we want to strain your patience concerning the waiting time however we put our special attention on the quality.
We ask you therefore for understanding that we can not provide you with a exactly time schedule when your Airman Original serial watch will be ready for delivery. (my emphasis)
We count to be able to start to deliver the first models in early autumn.
All our customers who made a reservation will get a personally mail from us by the time ordering can be placed. We will follow the chronological order when the reservations were made.
We kindly ask you not to mail us concerning delivery time or to find out which place you are on our reservation list. This would overrun our capacity (my emphasis)
Hopefully we could increase your joy with this information and make waiting easier.
many greetings and best regards
( please note that we are closed for vacation from july 24 th till august 17 th, 2008)