To preface...I have been the owner of 3 Stowa watches for about 4 years. A Flieger A, a Flieger B and a Marine Classic. All of them came to me from Stowa keeping time within COSC standards.
Maybe it is just bad luck, but I have had issues with the Flieger A. A few years ago, I dropped the watch from knee height on a hard floor and it immediately started running erratically. I sent it in to Stowa for full service and it came back to me running as good as new. At the time, the issue was clearly my fault and I accepted the outcome.
But recently, I I bumped into a door frame with my arm while walking through it and despite the watch NOT making direct contact with the door frame, it seems like the shock from my arm stopping mid-swing is causing the same decrease in accuracy it experienced a few years back when it received the floor treatment.
I should say that I really enjoy wearing my Stowas for all sorts of occasions. I also wear my Steinhart OVM and my Rolex 114060 a lot. Both of those watches have received the same kind of shocks my Flieger A did recently and they have remained 100% accurate after. So I am wondering if Stowa Fliegers are generally more fragile for some reason?
As someone with a very active lifestyle that includes kids and dogs, I decided to sell my Flieger B and Marine as they were both running beautifully and I didn't want to baby the watches. I did keep the Flieger A because I could never sell it in the condition it is in currently. Instead, I will send that watch in again and have Stowa do a full service. And when it comes back, I will wear it to the office only on a Horween Cordovan strap so it gets as little exposure to shock as possible.
One great thing about Stowa ownership is that the resale value is fantastic. I didn't get to collect what I originally paid, but not including Ebay and PayPal fees, it probably cost me less than $250 to wear the two watches I sold for 4 years. That is astounding.
Anyone else has experienced this?
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