REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

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    REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    Hi All.

    Much shorter review this time. :lol:

    This has been out for some time, but thought some folks might enjoy a look back.

    In 2008 Stowa released the Marine Original 80th anniversary edition. It was limited to 80 pieces in the USA (and 80 pieces in Europe also as I recall). I think this thing sold out on Watchbuys in about 2 days. Ordering was around November 2007, and delivery was around March 2008.

    The enamel dial and red 12 were the big draws here, as well as the limited edition nature. Below seconds subdial, is the unique serial number for each watch. I do not think there was much else beyond that to distinguish it from the standard MO that you can still order today.

    The movement is a Unitas handwound 6498, and is very nicely decorated. A nice touch on all MO's is the Swan Neck regulation, which in not something either my NOMOS or my Sinn 6100 have.

    Signed Crown and Buckle are here as one would expect, as is Sapphire glass all the way around. Stowa does not produce their own cases, but they are all finished at Stowa, many of not all of them, by Jorg himself to some extent. To my eye, this brushed finish is very well done, especially in this price range. I think this was around $1400 at the time, and I believe I have seen to go higher than that on the used market. Not something that happens to many watches, and you don't see them pop up very often. A new "regular" MO is around $900 from the Stowa website. One of the best deal on the planet if you ask me. One interesting thing, is the way the Stowa buckle on the deployant has a small screw which secures the buckle to the strap through the a strap hole. Not sure if others work this way, but I've never seen it done like that before, and think it's pretty cool.

    Anyone considering a nice, modestly priced handwound watch would be well advised to give the standard Stowa MO serious consideration. :ugeek:

    Now on to the pics, all of which were taken with my new Canon S90. :thumbsup:






























    Thanks for looking! :cheers:
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    Re: REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    Wonderful photos! You're right, I did enjoy a look back. I love the MOLE. Such a beautiful watch.

    Thanks for posting.

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    Re: REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    wonderful writeup and gorgeous photos. (note to self-- must get a DSLR).
    the MOLE is still one of my grails, even after i found out that the dial is lacquer and not porcelain. thanks for sharing.

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    Re: REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    Nice Photos and nice MOLE! A MO is on my want list as well....just have to get rid of some to acquire some!!!! I hate the wait!!!!


    Cheers!
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    Re: REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    Fantastic review and photos! Love the MOLE!

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    Re: REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    Great photo's, thanks for sharing! Here a picture of my #73/80 I recently managed to lay my hands upon.
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    That is a real beauty! Although a LE, just enough differences to make it limited, but fortunately not enough to change the wonderful simplicity of the MO.
    I agree about the brushed finish. At some point, the MO is probably going to be my "second" watch. I have really searched high and low for a manual wind - even considered a Panerai - but I think the regular MO will be the one. I have seen very similar, with Nomos and Dornbluth & Sohn, but I always come back to the Stowa MO.
    I do have 4 Omegas, but my Rolex Explorer I is my daily watch, and all-time favourite. The Omegas will all go, but I want one other watch - a manual wind - just to wear on the odd occasion.
    I never dreamed that the one I found would cost under a grand! My most serious second choice is a Panerai PAM176 at about 6 grand! Funny thing is, I believe they share the same movement!
    Sorry to ramble, but I really want to extole the virtues of the Stowa MO.
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    Re: REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    "It was limited to 80 pieces in the USA (and 80 pieces in Europe also as I recall)."

    Is this true? I always thought there were only 80 out there (okay, 81 with the 00 prototype).
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    Re: REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    I have a really stupid question--Where can I get my hands on the strap that you have pictured? I recently purchased a Stowa MO Roman but it comes on a brown strap. I believe that it would look better on a black strap, but the Stowa website only has the buffalo strap available in 22mm. Is that what this strap is? Looking for some enlightenment. Thanks much

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    Re: REVIEW: Stowa Marine Original 80th Anniversary Ed. with Pics

    Quote Originally Posted by tylerad1 View Post
    I have a really stupid question--Where can I get my hands on the strap that you have pictured? I recently purchased a Stowa MO Roman but it comes on a brown strap. I believe that it would look better on a black strap, but the Stowa website only has the buffalo strap available in 22mm. Is that what this strap is? Looking for some enlightenment. Thanks much
    I just received my MO Roman this week. I got it with the black strap and I must say, the watch is stunning. The pictured strap looks very much like the standard issue strap that I have. You can see that it has the "Schauer" logo printed on it though, where my strap says "Stowa".

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