I wanted to make a very short review, so please excuse the pic (and actually do not know why it rotates). Anyway, is is winter, so no sun to reflect the beautiful hands of this Flieger.
- no sign of sloppy design on the watch (like laser writing that barely scratches the back of the watch and looks like it has been done in a mall shop or a dial with minor defects)
- the movement is gorgeous.
- the hands are superb
- the sapphire is slightly domed and looks very nice
- the crown is somewhere in the middle between a round onion and a diamond from IWC big pilot. And the crown is large, which I like a lot.
- the tick of the Unitas is not that loud as others mentioned. Actually, I would have preferred to be louder. It makes the watch alive.
- the brownish/reddish color of the dial is interesting. It matches very nice the blue of the hands. It is an orange-blue combination that is very interesting.
- Jorg could have put luminous material on the seconds hand, also. It would have made the watch more special. Unfortunately, the night glow is similar to the regular Flieger
- general night glow nowhere near my Doxa 5000 or Seiko Turtle. After the first few hours the glow starts to fade and I am starting to mistake the hours with the minutes hand. That is not happening with Doxa or Seiko.
- the strap is on one side 1 mm too narrow at the lugs. I do not understand how and why, but probably is an error on the strap side, not the watch side. You can see it in the pic, towards my hand.
- on the side that the strap seems narrower, if you push a little with your finger, you can hear the pin inside rattling between the lugs.
- I did not like that while I was shopping on the Stowa website, two collections disappeared and came back after some weeks. Indeed, their support notified me when they came back. I would have gone for the Unitas 6497, but due to their withdrawal, I ended up with 6498.
All in all, I am happy with my acquisition. Stowa's attention to detail is outstanding. I wish they could have made the Unitas 6497 with central second hand, as Guinand is doing. Although Jorg is stating that by doing it, the prices will increase a lot, I think they should look at Guinand (I know Mr. Sinn was involved and maybe this is the difference) as they bring a Unitas 6497 central second hand Flieger to the market at the same price with the Limited Flieger from Stowa. I know there are differences in the case and the hands, but I believe it could be done in a price below EUR 2,000.