Value Proposition – The Stowa Flieger Blue Limited (specs & price)
From time to time, we set our selection-mode to another level, far from our actual posh, high-end standards, with a “value proposition” watch that we think deserves to be featured, for its great design, for its great quality / pleasure / price ratio or because we simply like it. It is the case with the new Stowa Flieger Blue Limited Edition, which basically renew the concept of the B-Uhr watches in a more contemporary (and more wearable) style. A mechanical movement, a bit of vintage pleasure and some originality with a blue dial… That’s what you’re going to have with this new Stowa.
Stowa, together with some other brands (IWC, Lange, Laco and Wempe) was manufacturing watches for the German pilots during World War II, watches known by collectors under the name B-Uhren or ref. FL23883. These pilot watches are now iconic and known all around the world by collectors. Several brands (in fact Laco, Stowa and IWC) decided to reintroduce these watch in more modern edition. At the time we’re talking, IWC is even about to renew entirely the Pilot’s Watch collection and already introduced the vintage / Heritage editions. However, these are pricey pieces and some collectors won’t be able to afford them. The solution can be found at Stowa, which also share a huge credibility (as one of the manufactures that made the original ones) but with much more accessible watches.
Most of the editions are black, with blued hands and white contrasting indexes and numerals (thus respecting the original design of the 1930s / 1940s). However, if you’re looking for something a bit different and actually quite good looking, Stowa just introduced a limited edition (made together with watch magazine Watchtime.net) that features an striking blue dial, with a sun-ray pattern for a more lively, more original and a bit more dressy look. This colour apart, the rest of the Stowa Flieger Blue Limited Edition remains faithful to the original B-Uhren: large Arabic numerals, triangular pointer below 12, propeller-style blued hands filled with luminous paint, quite simple but robes case. The design of the Stowa Flieger Blue Limited Edition is complemented by a light brown leather strap.
Behind its sapphire caseback – which is one of the only concession to modernity, together with the reasonable 40mm case (to be compared with the unwearable 55mm of the original one) – the Stowa Flieger Blue Limited Edition encases an ETA 2824-2 in Top version with blued screws. The rotor is specific to the Stowa and features engravings that are reminiscent of those found inside the caseback of the antique editions. This engraving contains also the number of the exemplar within the limited edition of 100 watches. As long as the requested number is not taken yet, you can order it between 1 and 100.
The Stowa Flieger Blue Limited Edition is, as said, limited to 100 pieces and priced at 980 euros (inc. EU taxes). Orders can be made directly here.
Why is this a 100-piece limited edition?! It’s a reasonably priced, ideally proportioned 40mm watch with a gorgeous blue dial–that should be part of their main offerings.
Not sure about the blue and tan. In a similar vein I recently bought an Iclkler chrono pilot watch. Black, black and black. My only criticism was of the slightly short strap – I’m a very tall heavy set guy.
Hello Nick G, the straps from Stowa are available in “Small”, “Regular” and “XL” size, what do you have?
I agree with lode runner. This is very nice.