Hello fellow Stowa enthusiasts! I'm new to this Forum but not new to watches. I recently ordered up the Marine Classic 40mm, my very first Stowa.
Can't wait! For me, it ticked all the boxes for a formal/casual business wear dress watch: white dial, roman numerals, no date, blue hands, handwound and display back with the optional dark brown crocodile strap. After doing a lot of research, I chose the Stowa due to the combination of its clean design, high production quality and great value--the stainless steel case and ETA movement really help in that department. I would have gone with the seconds sub-dial model, but I already have one of those from a different maker. And I'm thrilled to get another German watch, having sold my only German watch recently.
I just finished reading the very long and interesting thread Stowa Marine 36 (as a newbie I can't post the link yet) and have two takeaways:
First, I am cursed with big wrists, lol. 8.25 inches/209 mm. Kind of makes me feel like a Neanderthal.
Second, the really great customer service that Stowa provides, including Mr. Schauer taking the time to participate on this forum. I contacted Stowa several times via the Instant Chat feature and got all my questions promptly answered. I even received an email asking for my wrist size to make sure I got the right size strap.
I've owned and since sold several watches from the most popular high-end watchmaker out there and didn't have anywhere near this level of customer interaction with the AD, much less the maker.
I think I'm going to like it here. If there are any 40mm Klassiks in the wild, I'd love to see some photos. Surely, I can't be the only one with big wrists.