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    Re: How long does US Customs get to play with my new watch?

    Good news!

    I received an email from Sarah advising that they have shipped the watch as of today. She didn't say, but I assume the watch was returned to Stowa yesterday.

    She went on to say that Stowa removed the crocodile strap and will ship it separately, so they put a complimentary strap on the watch.

    I also received a tracking number email from Fed Ex advising the watch should arrive in two days.

    Fingers crossed.

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    Re: How long does US Customs get to play with my new watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by DowningB View Post
    Good news!

    I received an email from Sarah advising that they have shipped the watch as of today. She didn't say, but I assume the watch was returned to Stowa yesterday.

    She went on to say that Stowa removed the crocodile strap and will ship it separately, so they put a complimentary strap on the watch.

    I also received a tracking number email from Fed Ex advising the watch should arrive in two days.

    Fingers crossed.

    Day 42
    Sounds like it is working out well for you in the end. I think the lesson here for all of us is to be aware of import restrictions into one’s country.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DowningB View Post
    Good news!

    I received an email from Sarah advising that they have shipped the watch as of today. She didn't say, but I assume the watch was returned to Stowa yesterday.

    She went on to say that Stowa removed the crocodile strap and will ship it separately, so they put a complimentary strap on the watch.

    I also received a tracking number email from Fed Ex advising the watch should arrive in two days.

    Fingers crossed.

    Day 42
    Amazing news! I'm glad to hear (see) that resolution is close. Now the question is: what thread will I closely follow next 😂
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    Re: How long does US Customs get to play with my new watch?

    What a difference a strap makes.

    The watch was checked in to Memphis last night at 11:30, then sailed through Customs and is now in Portland, due to be delivered tomorrow.

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    Re: How long does US Customs get to play with my new watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by DowningB View Post
    What a difference a strap makes.

    The watch was checked in to Memphis last night at 11:30, then sailed through Customs and is now in Portland, due to be delivered tomorrow.
    Pics when you get it! Maybe a movie and then you can sell the rights!!
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    Re: How long does US Customs get to play with my new watch?

    With that story your watch became a very special one: Stowa Marine Classic Odyssey.
    End good, all good.
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    Re: How long does US Customs get to play with my new watch?

    Day 45 and we have a winner!

    I'm very, very pleased. And again, I can't thank Sarah at Stowa enough for all the work she put into dealing with US Customs and Fish & Wildlife.

    The crocodile strap was mailed separately and should be here in a couple of days, fingers crossed. The stock leather strap is of better quality than I expected (I'm looking at you, Longines), but I still think this piece deserves a crocodile strap to make it a true dress watch.

    I opted for the manual wind ETA 2804-2, making the movement entertaining to watch as it's being wound. It winds like a warm knife through butter, especially compared to some of my American vintage pocket watches.

    The white dial is so highly polished that it really does appear to be enamel, and the blued steel hands are sweet. This watch is well designed and makes telling the time at a glance a breeze, although why you would want to just glance at it I don't know, lol.

    Still a bit of a mystery to me why it doesn't say "Made in Germany" at the customary bottom of the dial, but the absence does make for a really clean dial as others have noted.

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    Re: How long does US Customs get to play with my new watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by DowningB View Post
    Day 45 and we have a winner!

    I'm very, very pleased. And again, I can't thank Sarah at Stowa enough for all the work she put into dealing with US Customs and Fish & Wildlife.

    The crocodile strap was mailed separately and should be here in a couple of days, fingers crossed. The stock leather strap is of better quality than I expected (I'm looking at you, Longines), but I still think this piece deserves a crocodile strap to make it a true dress watch.

    I opted for the manual wind ETA 2804-2, making the movement entertaining to watch as it's being wound. It winds like a warm knife through butter, especially compared to some of my American vintage pocket watches.

    The white dial is so highly polished that it really does appear to be enamel, and the blued steel hands are sweet. This watch is well designed and makes telling the time at a glance a breeze, although why you would want to just glance at it I don't know, lol.

    Still a bit of a mystery to me why it doesn't say "Made in Germany" at the customary bottom of the dial, but the absence does make for a really clean dial as others have noted.
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    Re: How long does US Customs get to play with my new watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by DowningB View Post
    Day 45 and we have a winner!

    I'm very, very pleased. And again, I can't thank Sarah at Stowa enough for all the work she put into dealing with US Customs and Fish & Wildlife.
    i am truly happy for you. Enjoy your watch
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    Congrats. It’s really beautiful.
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