It has arrived! Ordered on April 8th, payment requested and sent on April 15th, shipped on April 25th, received on April 27th. Not too shabby!
This is my first ever Stowa, my first manual winding watch, my first "dressy" watch, and the nicest watch I have ever owned. Opening the box was magical, and it's a gorgeous piece I know I'm going to love for a long, long time.
As you can see, I chose the Marine Original with the polished case, white face, and roman numerals. My choice for the roman numerals was for two primary reasons. First, all of my other watches have arabic numerals. Second, I was looking for a watch suitable for wearing at the office with a shirt and tie on a daily basis. I feel the roman numerals give it a more elegant, dressy appeal. Ditto for the polished case.
My first impressions of the watch were that it was gorgeous. The heat blued hands are simply stunning, and the glossy white dial is a subtle but elegant feature. On the back side, the enormous sapphire crystal display back shows off the beautifully finished Unitas 6498-1 movement. I was also considering the Archimede deck watch, but chose the Stowa primarily because of the availability of the roman numerals, the polished dial, and the increased finish and features of the movement such as the blued screws, geneva stripes, and swan neck regulator. It really looks stunning. And it sounds amazing too. A very crisp, slow, tick tick tick that somehow sounds more refined than the much faster ticking of my 2824-2 and 2892-a2 movements in my Hamilton Khaki and Longines HydroConquest respectively.
Anyway, on to the pictures!
beautiful. good. true. indeed!
The included specs sheet
Very cool metal case
Why hello there, beautiful!
Handwritten guarantee card. Nice touch!
It is born
Sometimes the hands look black...
Sometimes they look a little blue...
And sometimes they just look spectacular.
The beating heart
It's hard to get all the detail of the movement captured...check out the embellishments behind the balance wheel in this shot.
And look at those blued screws pop in this shot.
Size comparison with my 41mm Longines HydroConquest. Same size, but the Stowa looks larger with that wide open dial and thin bezel.
Chunky, but not too thick
The hands really pop outdoors!
That's all for now. I hope you enjoyed looking as much as I've enjoyed the watch so far!