Before I pulled the trigger on the Stowa, I also looked into Laco and Steinhart for a Type A flieger. Price wasn't an issue, it was just trying to choose one that is best for me, as each brand has own goods and bads. In the end I chose the Stowa because I like its overall proportions the best. I gave up on going the historically accurate route as I prefer how the Stowa looks on the wrist over the Laco, not a big fan of the straight lugs. Stowa is a great blend of modern watchmaking with historical elements and I think it works beautifully together.
After I placed my order I waited for Stowa to come back from vacation. Once they shipped from Germany, I got the watch the next day in Vancouver, Canada. I must say I'm very impressed with the shipping speed! Anyway, here it is:
I think Stowa changed the box design, it's different than the ones I've seen online
I really like this metal box, quite practical and looks great
Seeing the watch for the first time, always very exciting!
Just as beautiful in person as in the photos
The polishing and overall fit and finish is fantastic!
The strap feels quite nice, almost has a nubuck texture. It is very soft and comfortable. The only thing is the fit is slightly off for my 6.75" wrist, it's either a bit too loose or a bit too tight.
Macro shot of the dial and we can see that the Superluminova is applied over the printed dial, and it slightly bulges out giving a 3D effect.
I chose the Fl23883 engraving, even though it's a bit expensive at about $100 CAD, I think it's a pretty cool detail and adds to the watch.
The onion crown is beautiful, the details are nicely executed and easy to manual wind. Though I personally prefer the diamond crown, this one is definitely more comfortable on the wrist as it doesn't dig in.
The heated blue steel hands are beautiful. Even though this isn't my first watch with blue hands, I think it looks amazing over the black dial.
The movement is the top version ETA 2824-2. The decoration is alright, nothing to write home about compared to my other watches. I actually like this rotor quite a lot though, it's very unique and the historical element is interesting to look at.
I would have chosen the handwind movement if it was available, but in the end it doesn't really matter. The auto is probably more practical for this watch anyway since I will definitely be wearing it quite a bit.
Lume shot, it lights up like a flashlight
Random comparison with my PAM422, 40mm vs 47mm. I really like military style watches, the simplicity of the design just works so well, perfect examples of form following function.
The Stowa is very thin at ~10mm vs 422's roughly 16.5mm. Because of this, the Stowa is very very versatile and stress free on the wrist.
The flieger is a perfect alternative to wearing my 422 when I feel like wearing something small but keeping that military style. Before I thought a 42mm or 45mm flieger would be ideal, but now that I've worn the Stowa for a few days I think the 40mm makes a lot of sense, especially for daily wear. I'm very happy that I went with the Stowa and it will definitely get a ton of wrist time
Thanks for reading!