Stowa is a German watch company that has been making watches since 1927 and was one of the companies that made the Flieger pilot/observer watches during WWII.
The original fliegers were much larger, and not something that many people could wear today. The modern Flieger from Stowa has evolved from those WWII fliegers into a very nice and wearable watch with great legibility.
The first thing that many will notice about this watch is that there is no watchmaker logo or date window on the dial.
Stowa does offer these watches in various different configurations including
- No logo and no date
- Just date, no logo
- Just logo, no date.
- Logo and date.
In regards to the strap, Stowa also offers a choice between many different straps on their page, and I ordered the watch on a black leather strap without rivets.
I personally like the old style brown strap the best, and purchased that separately with my Stowa, but use the black leather strap with formal clothing.
The case of the Stowa is stainless steel and 40 mm in diameter (excluding the crown), and the height of the watch is 10 mm.
When you look at the watch you can see that the dial is proportionately large compared to the watch diameter and this makes the watch wear larger than many 40 mm watches with smaller dials.
The lug width is 20 mm, and the lug to lug distance is 49 mm.
Dial & hands:
The dial on the watch is matte black with printed markers, with C3 lume.
The hands also have C3 lume, and the edges are heat tempered to achieve a very nice blue color, these are not chemically treated or painted like many similarly priced watches with blued hands.
The heat tempered hands look much better than painted or chemically treated blued hands.
The lume on the watch is very good, the C3 lume on the dial and hands is incredibly bright, and can last well into the night if you expose it to bright light beforehand (charge the lume). I was pleasantly surprised by the lume on the Stowa.
Crystal and case back:
The crystal on the front of the Stowa is sapphire crystal, and the crystal on the display case back is also sapphire crystal. Something you will not often find in this price range.
The case back is a screwed in case back, with engraving surrounding the display crystal.
Writing on the screw back is
- Made in Germany
- 5 ATM
- Stainless steel.
The movement is an Swiss ETA 2824-2 with blued screws and a rhodium coated.
The rotor on this “no logo” version of the Flieger is different than on the “logo” version.
This version has a handmade silver rotor with engraving in the style of engraving in the case back of the original flieger watches. The engraving on the rotor includes
- Name of the manufacturer (Stowa)
- Serial number
- Movement type
- And abbreviations FL for Flieger, OL for no logo (ohne logo), and AUT for automatic.
- and Jörg Schauer (owner/manufacturer of Stowa)
Accuracy has been good on this model, well within the accepted parameters.
On the wrist:
I have rather large wrists at 7,5″ but I feel that I can wear the 40 mm Stowa very well, and must say that the Stowa looks very good when wearing a shirt and suit as well as simply wearing a T-shirt and jeans.
I have to say that I really enjoy the Stowa Flieger and I think that the watch brings a lot of value for the money, in addition to looking incredibly good.
I originally thought that the display back was a mineral type crystal, and was pleasantly surprised to lean that it actually used sapphire crystal on the back as well as the front.
The lume was much brighter and longer lasting than I had anticipated.
Price and availability:
Price for this configuration of the Flieger is 710 euros, or 597 euros if you are outside the EU.
Sales are though the Stowa.de website, and shipping cost varies between countries.
A thing to note is that if you order today, you will most likely have to wait a few months before getting your watch. This is the business model Stowa uses, and is part of their plan to keep the prices of the watches down as far as they can.
Sure its tough to wait a few months for your watch, but for me it was worth it, a great watch for a very fair price.
Below are a few pictures of the box: