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    Please help to identify old Stowa

    Dear All ! Please could anyone help me to identify my old Stowa ?
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    Re: Please help to identify old Stowa

    Quote Originally Posted by AlS
    Dear All ! Please could anyone help me to identify my old Stowa ?
    First of all: Welcome to WUS and welcome to the Official Jörg Schauer & Stowa Forum.

    The movement of your Stowa looks to me like an UNITAS 173 (but don´t quote me). I´d rate it to be produced around 1940.

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    Re: Please help to identify old Stowa

    Thanks for welcoming ! So, 40's, that's nice. I like this watch but never knew where and when they were produced.
    I'm really new to this and obviously I'm not a specialist at all, as we say in IT - I'm just the end user :) Is it possible to find some info about the Stowa movements hierarchy ? I would appreciate also if somebody could shed any light on the model name - they look like old Marine or I'm wrong ?

    Yesterday, looking at the clock-face with the help of the microscope I found that all numbers have traces of phosphorescent substance. That's why they seem threadbare.
    Any ideas ?


    Thanks Alex

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    Re: Please help to identify old Stowa

    Hi -

    Unfortunately I don't think that Stowa kept pristine records of what they made when with what sort of calibre inside.

    It won't be a Marine: the Marines are white faced and the hands are elegantly thin and made of blued steel. It's more likely a civilian watch made to look military. A military watch would have serial number on the back starting with DH (for Deutsches Heer or German Army).

    Watches of this age generally have problems with lume (what we call that phosphorescent stuff). It's a bit of a hassle as well: more often than not the lume used was radium-based (no need for radiation concerns: as long as you don't breath the dust in, it's harmless for the wearer) and that means that when a watchmaker works on them, he has to be very, very careful in order to avoid breathing in any dust particles and therefore dying of cancer in 40 year's time.

    If you want the hands to look less theadbare and have a watch you can read at night, you'll need to have the watch relumed. Easier said than done, but often worth it.

    It's a nice vintage watch, enjoy it! Have you had it cleaned recently or know that it has been properly maintained?

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    Re: Please help to identify old Stowa

    Quote Originally Posted by AlS
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    I would appreciate also if somebody could shed any light on the model name - they look like old Marine or I'm wrong ?
    You´re wrong. The Marine watches had a white dial. But it could be the non-military version of watches issued e.g. to the french army like this one:



    Or this one:


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