Stowa Parat

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  1. #1

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    Stowa Parat

    Hi Guys, I'm new here and curiousity has gotten the better of me. I was wondering if anyone has any idea what the markings on the back of my Stowa mean. It says on the back casing "PLAQUE 444"? Also would anybody have any idea about the age of the watch?

    I have attached a photo of the back and front of the watch



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  2. #2
    stuffler,mike
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    Re: Stowa Parat

    plaqué = plated. I think that your watch out of brass was gold plated, only the back is stainless steel. Dates back to the 40ties, early 50ties imho.

    Quote from a former post:

    Some historical facts:

    Pallas

    Once upon a time there have been a lot of watch manufacturers in the Pforzheim area known as Stowa (Walter Storz), PaRa (Paul Raff), Arctos, Hugo Weinmann (brand: Exquisit), Ormo and others.
    In 1970 most of them joined the Pallas Deutsche Uhren-Kooperation (Pallas German Watch Cooperation).
    Paul Raff was one of the men who founded Pallas. Somehow a new marketing strategy in 1970 by using synergetic effects - that´s what it is called nowadays. (So it is quite possible to fetch a Stowa Pallas or Pallas Stowa or just a Pallas on ebay or elsewhere).

    Parat
    The Parat slogan (rime) was: "Immer pünktlich, früh und spat, mit der Armbanduhr Parat." (a translation would be: Always on time, early (in the morning) or late (in the evening) with a Parat wrist watch).

    Already in 1949 (after WW II) a "Deutsche Uhrenkooperation" (German Watch Cooperation) was founded by Philipp Weber under the brandname PARAT.
    There isn´t much to read about the Parat Cooperation but from what I could find out the Arctos Uhrenfabrik Philipp Weber, Berg Uhrenfabrik, Wilhelm Beutter, Osco Uhrenfabrik, Otto Schlund (brand was currently re-launched) and Stowa joined this co-op.
    When wholesalers got into economical troubles and decided to sell the PARAT-collection to greater department stores the cooperation lost a lot of money and disappeared from the market.

    PUW

    PUW stands for Pforzheimer Uhrenwerke (Pforzheim Watch Movements or Pforzheim Ebauches).
    PUW movements have been very popular in from the 60ties to the 70ties and I think they are worth to be colected (just as a witness of time).

    Arctos

    The "Arctos Uhrenfabrik" was founded in Pforzheim in 1923 by Philipp Weber (1890 - 1962) and Jakob Aeschbach and first was named Weber & Aeschbach. In 1928 already 260 movements (pocket and wrist watches) have been produced per day. After WW II the brand´s name changed into Arctos Uhrenfabrik Philipp Weber.
    The Parat slogan (rime) was: "Immer pünktlich, früh und spat, mit der Armbanduhr Parat." (a translation would be: Always on time, early (in the morning) or late (in the evening) with a Parat wrist watch).
    Later Arctos was known as an official suplier to the "Bundeswehr".
    The re-launched "Arctos" of our days is quite different to the "Arctos" of those days and –afaik- isn´t made in Pforzheim any more.

    Stowa

    If there should be a reader outside not knowing what Stowa is about, feel free to read their history on www.stowa.com
    You may also visit the Stowa Museum online.

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    Re: Stowa Parat

    Thanks for the info Mike. It's a good watch as it keeps accurate time. It also says 15 Rubis and Antichoc. I also noticed it ticks quiet loud as well in comparison to some of the swiss watches I have. Hopefully it is worth something for collectors.

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    stuffler,mike
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    Re: Stowa Parat

    Quote Originally Posted by metroside View Post
    Thanks for the info Mike. It's a good watch as it keeps accurate time. It also says 15 Rubis and Antichoc. I also noticed it ticks quiet loud as well in comparison to some of the swiss watches I have. Hopefully it is worth something for collectors.
    Well, every watch is worth something. A Stowa like yours (but in better condition) can be fetched on the bay for < 50 Euro. I wouldn´t expect much though.

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    Re: Stowa Parat

    Nice. Thanks Mike.

    Regards.

    - Rich -

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