I don't have time to make a giant review post so I thought I'd make a thread for all us Stars & Stripes ETA 2801 owners to post our pics. I wanna see the movement on different watches and see how it fits. For my watch, I'll just post a few comments and three questions:
- I like real rivets on a flieger strap. This has real rivets. I'm happy. It's function isn't needed to keep the strap together like the old straps, but I can't complain too much about a strap worth less than $20. I like it.
- I love the metal box AND the cardboard yellow/white Stowa box. I'll use both to store watch tools and accessories.
- Is this watch awesome or what? The history of the flieger is great (the history of it's design and purpose, not the WW2 history so please let's not start that). It has such a tough look and it's now the most subtle of all my watches. Yes, a FLIEGER is the most subtle of my collection. It's subtle compared to my Orange Monster and ProTrek. I really don't like to attract attention with my watches.
- It was hard to get realistic lighting on these photos. I need a real camera (or just a 2016 phone). And no, my phone cannot zoom anywhere close to 10x. I used a clip-on camera phone 10x lens.
- I blocked all mentions of a watch number. I hear it's a security thing. I don't fully understand the reason behind it but I did it just in case.
1. I read that the metal keeper on flieger straps (like this one) are there in case the leather keeper fails. Is that true? I feel like there's another reason for the metal keeper.
2. Another strap question: Can someone explain the purpose of the small, square metal piece attached to the movable black leather keeper on the back?
3. This is my first manual-wound watch so I'm sorry if this sounds like a dumb question. I didn't think I had to learn anything new about manual movements, but something surprised me just now. You'll notice the watch is stopped on all of my pictures. I expect that because I haven't even touched the crown. However, as I flip the watch over to look at the movement, I see the balance moving. I look at the dial, and now the watch movement is in full motion. It ran for a few minutes before stopping. Is there a secret rotor on the 2801 movement I'm not aware of? How did this watch start without a crown turn?
Post your pictures, reviews, and comments everyone!