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    Chrono 1938 hand lengths?

    A bit of a strange request, but could anyone with a Stowa 1938 Chrono measure the lengths (from post-center) of the hour and minute hands in mm?

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    Re: Chrono 1938 hand lengths?

    Quote Originally Posted by gchrisf View Post
    A bit of a strange request, but could anyone with a Stowa 1938 Chrono measure the lengths (from post-center) of the hour and minute hands in mm?
    Hello,

    I do not have the Stowa chronograph, but I do have a picture.
    The hour hand extends 11 mm, and the minute hand extends 17 mm
    from the mounting hole.

    Even if you could buy those hands my guess is the minute and second
    hand are too long to fit on a Schauer chronograph and the long, broad
    hour hand would obstruct sub-dials you want to see. Perhaps there are
    other hands available in gold. I guess it wouldn't hurt to send a message
    to Stowa.

    Thanks,
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    Re: Chrono 1938 hand lengths?

    11 and 17mm is very, very close as far as I can judge based on measuring my 1938 chrono.
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    Re: Chrono 1938 hand lengths?

    Rationaltime hit it. I have a Kulisse 9 that I adore, but the dial has a lot of detail and the hands are just a shade narrow to be able to easily scan with the subdials and the moonphase. I have to concentrate a bit at getting the time. I had read a story by a member on another watch site about some custom dial work that Jorg had done for him on a Schauer model, and I had considered contacting Jorg to see if there might be a way to get a pair of custom hands.

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    Re: Chrono 1938 hand lengths?

    Quote Originally Posted by gchrisf View Post
    Rationaltime hit it. I have a Kulisse 9 that I adore, but the dial has a lot of detail and the hands are just a shade narrow to be able to easily scan with the subdials and the moonphase. I have to concentrate a bit at getting the time. I had read a story by a member on another watch site about some custom dial work that Jorg had done for him on a Schauer model, and I had considered contacting Jorg to see if there might be a way to get a pair of custom hands.
    Only a pair ? Make sure you do not spoil the "character" of your Kulisse 9 and make sure they will match with the other 4 hands, esp. the pointer date. Imho the Kulisse 9 (white dial) is easy to read, but this is just me.
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    Re: Chrono 1938 hand lengths?

    The Schauer chronograph looks good. Still, I think readability could
    be improved. It looks like the hands are only part of the issue. The
    hour markers on the dial are not prominent. Here are some suggestions
    for possible modifications.

    Jörg posted this video of laser engraving a Seatime bezel. Did you see
    it? This process could be used to mark the bezel of a Schauer
    chronograph.

    In addition perhaps 4 or 6 screws on the bezel could be blued to provide
    more contrast to guide the eye to the hour markers on the bezel.

    I see member "carlos" has different hands on his no. 9 chronograph.
    I think they are called "Breguet" style. The circles embedded in the
    hands draw your eye. If you like those you could ask Stowa about it.

    I did a mock up on a photo posted by "carlos". His bezel is gold. Just
    ignore that for now. Does this help?



    Thanks,
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    Re: Chrono 1938 hand lengths?

    I like the Breguet style hands; the ends really seem to draw the eyes. The hour markers aren't an issue, however. I think the dial itself is perfect. Thanks so much for posting the images! I'm certainly going to sit on it for awhile. I have a mesh bracelet on order and once it arrives I'm going to get some good quality wrist time.

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    Re: Chrono 1938 hand lengths?

    EXACTLY what I meant. The Brequet hands do not match with the pointer date hand. Would be a NO GO for me.
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