I'm a newcomer to this Forum, so if this topic has been discussed elsewhere I apologize. I tried to do a search but didn't find anything on this.
I recently ordered a Marine Classic 40mm Roman Handwound No-Date. Just your basic roman numeral dial, no clutter other than the Stowa logo, which I like very much. This will be my traditional white dial dress watch.
But one thing that held me back at first was this small bit of clutter that was actually missing: the lack of "Made In Germany" on the dial. I know it's a small thing and probably way down everyone's priority list, but I prefer the country of origin to show on the dial. Heck, just for fun I once bought a very inexpensive watch purely because it says "Glasgow" on the dial. I know this matters to at least one other person because he also mentioned it in his YouTube review--I almost fell out of my chair because I thought I was the only one bothered by it.
I contacted customer service via Instant Chat and was advised that "Made In Germany" will be on my 40mm dial even though it doesn't appear in the photos on the website. I'm a little nervous about this because I have yet to see "Made In Germany" on a forum posted Stowa Marine photo so I've got my fingers crossed.
Looking at the Stowa website, it appears that "Made In Germany" appears on only four of the nine versions of the Marine model: both of the Original 41mms, the Original Red 60 and the Classic Chronograph. I'm guessing, always dangerous, that these are the newest versions so maybe this is a new trend? I know from reading other threads here that the website sometimes has to be updated so maybe that's what's happening?
Further confusing the issue is that when I click on either of the two 41mm versions to enlarge the photographs, I don't see "Made In German" on the dial. The angle of the watches make it difficult to know for sure. But when I click on either the Red 60 and Chronograph, the angle makes it easy to see and "Made In Germany" is definitely there.
All of which leads me to ask: What's going on here? Is "Made In Germany" not the norm for a Stowa Marine dial? If so, why? I would think it's a selling point given Germany's deserved reputation for clean, precise design and high-quality production values. Plus it's a tradition, at least in my mind, to proudly show the country of origin on the dial. Whenever I'm wearing a German watch and someone asks about it, I always mention it was made in Germany. Swiss watches, not so much since they're more the norm. German watches, to me anyway, are more special.