As one of those waiting for the last of the FOs, I decided to accept it with the standard balance bridge until Stowa sorts out/sources new golden balance bridges. At that time I'll return it and have the bridge swapped out. I've waited with great anticipation for so long I just wanted to have the watch and enjoy it now, while they get the other bridges made. I must say, I'm glad I have it.
My review will be Q&D--you've already seen pictures, and maybe I'll get some up later with it on the Omega mesh bracelet (which I know isn't to some tastes, but it's nice to have a watch on a bracelet sometimes).
The lume is stunningly bright--I've never seen anything like it. The dial is perfect, spotless, very, very precisely printed, and the inner part of the bezel gloriously brushed to give an amazing sheen. The hands are PERFECT--the bluing is brilliant, and the polish on it is pristine. I have a personal peeve about hands that have marks, smudges, dust, etc. on them, and these are PERFECT. The dial absolutely pops from a distance as well. Oh, and the domed crystal is wonderful to have.
Peter was right about the case--very fine brushing that matches the best. I'd agree that it rivals IWC (no little polished touches, however) in its finish. Color me impressed--there is nothing about this watch that hasn't seen very careful attention from Stowa.
The movement finish looks great. I think it will be nice to have the golden bridge, as it's distinctive and will add a little different area of interest.
I find the straps very nice indeed, and the Stowa buckle quite heavy and solid. The extra strap is quite cool--functions like the Di-Modell Tornado or Kobold Explorer strap, although it's probably lighter than the latter.
Keep on, keeping on all of you still waiting. It really is worth it, I promise. Despite the delays, Herr Schauer has really put his heart into this watch and it shows. No detail was overlooked, and it feels great to know that a watch at this price level has received attention watches 2-3 times more expensive have never seen.