I would think that some are pre assembled, because they use watches for shows, reviews etc etc and then of course the sell many of those which are instantly available and sometimes have other times when things are available right away for other reasons also. I’m sure some of the wait is also they have to wait on their partners to deliver items to them so they can assemble. I would assume tho that 95% of watches they sell are assembled once purchased. To me, that’s a HUGE plus. That means the watch you get is a new watch, newly assembled, newly checked and just a fresh piece, not something that sat in a warehouse or display case 6 months
My collection changes so often I got tired of redoing my signature
Nowadays such a question is absolutely redundant. Waiting two weeks for a watch is a timeframe not worth to be discussed about.Are Stowa Watches Made to Order?
In October 2006 I ordered one of the 80th Anniversary Flieger watches (FO LE, modified Unitas with central second's hand).................................and got it in 2008, 8th October!
Serial models had to be waited for three to six months back then - almost everybody waited patiently and was glad when they finally got that object of desire.
I enjoyed that regular thrill of anticipation.......................many times,
Thank you for the replies, helpful and not!
Part of the deal when buying a nicely made watch, IMHO.
"Either he's dead or my watch has stopped"
"The only reason for time is so that everything does not happen at once..."
I have a feeling they assemble watches on a regular basis (minimum quantity), not just when they receive orders. There will be peak months, and they wouldn't want to miss the 2-3 weeks wait time.
My Stowa Partitio Handwind showed up yesterday. I ordered it on 9/12 … received 10/07 .. A bit less than a month. Not bad for a hand made to order and shipped from Germany to Maine US... Really gorgeous (In my mind). I ended up choosing the Partitio - a simple design - easy to read, not particularly showy - just an elegant piece for my everyday wear. The supplied black strap was actually quite nice and comfortable, but I switched out for my favorite Horween Brown strap from Popov Leather. (Black was a bit too dressy for me). I am sure they put it together after my order came in. They predicted 2-3 weeks and that is exactly what happened. I am thrilled to have received such a beautiful hand crafted watch.
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