Stowa Flieger Klassik 36: Practical advice needed!

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    Stowa Flieger Klassik 36: Practical advice needed!

    I currently own a Seiko SNK809, which I love. But I’m looking to upgrade at some point, and I’m considering the Stowa Flieger Klassik 36mm, handwinding.

    I am more interested in the practical rather than the emotional/heritage aspects of a new watch, and the Seiko is my only means of comparison. I’ve read a lot about the Stowa, but I still have some questions. Here’s what I’m wondering:

    • Scratch resistance: How scratch-resistant is the Stowa compared to the Seiko? (My Seiko has picked up quite a few scratches in a year of daily use.)
    • Lume: When people say the lume on the Stowas is amazing — what do they mean exactly? Is daylight enough to ‘charge’ the Stowa’s lume to make it clearly readable in the dark and last through the night?
    • Comfort: How does the Flieger feels on the wrist? Does its crown dig into the skin at all? (The Seiko’s is almost flush with the body).

    Any thoughts much appreciated... especially from any of you with both watches!

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    Re: Stowa Flieger Klassik 36: Practical advice needed!

    Scratch resistance: Non hardened stainless steel, polished or bead/sandblasted, pvd coated or not, plated or not, of different brands usually do not differ much regarding scratch resistance. Imho a Stowa will as much scratch as a Seiko.

    Lume: Any luminous compound is made to be charged by daylight. Rhat‘s how it is supposed to work.

    Comfort: I wouldn‘t know of any drawbacks of Stowa‘s crown on the small flieger.
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    Re: Stowa Flieger Klassik 36: Practical advice needed!

    You really can't compare the Stowa to your Seiko. Apples to oranges.

    Stowa makes very nice watches, so it depends on personal preference. You can get them in a number of configurations as Mike noted above.

    Scratch resistance can depend on how you treat/wear the watch, but it is just another part of owning it. Some hold up better than others.

    Google "Watch Lume" or similar term to get better acquainted with the applications. Every brand does their own thing. Some better than others. Seiko's are known for their lume, but Stowa is no slouch either, again it depends on what your need is.

    As for comfort, a Stowa is great to wear all day/night.
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