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    Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    Hello everyone. If either of you had contact with both watches, how would you compare both "vintage" editions. Stowa put only the dial in vintage, whereas Laco put the dial, the case, the hands and the strap in vintage. Which of both products you believe made the right changes to offer a "vintage" product without getting into the the extremes: "too little change" to be worth it or "too exagerated" area? Mike Stuffler made a review of the LACO Leipzig Erbstück here on WUS, but no mention of how the two "vintage" products compare. Thank you all.

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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    I know this is bound to be a divisive comment, but of course these are only my personal feelings from seeing photos and reading about both:

    The Stowa is a great looking watch with a small nod to history that could be worn every day - I prefer it to the Laco by far.

    I would feel ridiculous in the Laco Leipzig Erbstück most of the time - it goes so far that it becomes "Cosplay" - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay . I'm sure it's a well made watch, and I have a lot of respect for Laco - but that watch is unwearable to me.

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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    It's different watch tho. Buy if you like it. I wouldn't mind the rusty and artificial vintage look, but I'm not keen on it either. Buy both seems right.

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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    If you are looking for a watch that is similar to the original pilot watches, than the Laco model is for you.
    The Stowa is just a modernised version, it has blue hands (the original had black), different shape lugs, different crown (missing the separator), see through back.
    You can find reviews for both models here on WUS, just do a search.

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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    I have owned both. I sold the Laco. Its very cool, extremely well made, but wasn't a watch I'd wear a lot.

    Now I own the klassik flieger sport. Its much more refined and feels more luxurious .

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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    One thing that always kerp me from laco is the straight lug. But that's just me

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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    One thing that always kept me from Laco was their CEO.
    But now, with a new owner, I might change my opinion,


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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    I would have to agree with you all. I have given a lot of consideration before deciding on my first Stowa. The Flieger is on the way to me, so I will be happy to make a review when it comes. Back to the subject, I had this Flieger dilemma (probably as a lot of other people): Stowa, Laco, Steinhart. I was interested in a manual wound with as more vintage air as possible. And that was Unitas 6498. Steinhart makes probably the cheapest Flieger with Unitas, but without the screws in the balance and of course the blue hands, but not heated blue. Laco makes the most vintage look of them all, but I did not know how much is too much. So I went with the Stowa because of the history, the beautiful hands and the Unitas. The hardest decision was between Stowa 6498 and the Guinand 31 with the central seconds hand (beautiful movement by the way - too pity that Stowa is not capable of having them). But the beautiful hands of the Stowa won. Thank you all for your opinions. And by the way, rest in peace Helmut Sinn.

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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raku View Post
    If you are looking for a watch that is similar to the original pilot watches, than the Laco model is for you.
    The Stowa is just a modernised version, it has blue hands (the original had black), different shape lugs, different crown (missing the separator), see through back.
    You can find reviews for both models here on WUS, just do a search.

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    The original fliegers had flame blued hands.

    To the OP, I would go with a Laco over a Stowa in general. However, the faux patina of this particular Laco would make it a pass for me. If I wanted a cleaner, less true to original pilot watch, an Archimede now with inhouse flame blued hands to go along with their wonderful inhouse case would be my easy choice.
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    Re: Comparison between Stowa Flieger Limited and Laco Leipzig Erbstück?

    I did not mention of how the two „vintage“ products compare since there‘s nothing to compare. The Erbstück is artificially aged (hands, disl, case) the Stowa does just use so-called Old Radium luminous material on Superluminova basis, nothing artificially aged. The SL used is just a special mixture. So as far as I am concerned the Erbstück wins by a mile and is - of course - wearable. That‘s most likely why I don‘t own the old radium type of Stowa Flieger.
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