Case and Dial
The Hamburg based Sternglas brand is based on German Bauhaus design and that is exactly what they have incorporated into this 38MM slim 2 handed date watch. The case is completely polished 316L stainless steel with a pull/push crown at 3:00 which retains 50M of water resistance. The actual case is very round with short 22MM lugs. This watch truly does wear like a 38MM watch and is barely noticeable when on wrist, which can be a good or bad thing. A nice touch is the noticeable domed genuine sapphire crystal that sits on top of the egg white dial. The hands themselves are actually blue , but painted blue instead of heat treated which is definitely normal at this pricepoint. The caseback is polished as well and held down with real screws which I thought is proper and looks great. Overall, they definitely knocked it out of the park in terms of bauhaus design, it is spot on. The fonts and print work for the minute track are thin and precise as they should be.
The movement utilized here is the Swiss Quartz Ronda 714 movement. This is your typical 2 handed date Quartz movement which is overall a decent movement. You will get superb accuracy as well as reliability with this one, for sure. ( 5 Year Battery Life )
The strap is one of the strong points in my opinion, and can make or break a watch upon first
inspection. This black genuine leather 22/20MM band is one of the most comfortable straps I have worn. It is super flexible, but holds its’ composition at the same time. A simple minimalist polished buckle, along with a Quick-Release system are also noteworthy and shows some extra value thrown in for this affordable timepiece.
Conclusion and Discount Code
So, a 38MM Bauhaus design watch from a Microbrand. These are quite hard to find! To be quite honest, many brands strive for the whole German Bauhaus design and many fail. I think they succeeded in design and wearability on this model. The dimensions come correct, as well as the finishing, and supplied band. They did offer me a discount code which will save you 10 Euros on a Sternglas german timepiece ( Enter code WATCHADDICT10 at checkout , and No I do not make money from this code ).
The Stowa Klassik Flieger 40 is certainly a popular watch amongst us watch collectors and enthusiasts in this modern age. Although, Stowa was one of the original 5 Pilot watch manufacturers of the early 1900’s, especially during World War II. They are a German brand and based in the Black Forest region.
The case is finely brushed and smooth to the hand coming in at 40MM. The case thickness is rather thin at a really pleasing 10.2MM. In terms of lug to lug we are looking at 48.6MM with a lug width of 20MM. Since 1940, this clean and classic design has been put to use in the aviation sector of military - and now by normal folks like me and you. The clean classic matte black dial with our reference triangle located at 12:00 stays true to form, as well as the A style flieger layout. A nice touch is the heat treated blue hands utilized on their timepieces which is a proven lengthy process. The small onion crown located at 3:00 is Pull/Push allowing 50M of water resistance on the Klassik 40. Heading to the caseback we get a glimpse of the ETA hand wound mechanical Swiss Movement with custom finishing done in-house by Stowa, and it looks a bit more luxurious than your typical ETA movement.
The caseback is held down by screws and features a Sapphire window as the front does for a glimpse into the mechanics of the watch. Again, true blued screws are utilized on the actual movement itself as you can see from the photo above.
On the wrist the watch really wears nice, especially on my 6.5” wrist. It certainly hugs the wrist, and does not stick out at any odd angles. The genuine leather old style brown strap is super soft and supple out of the box and requires no immediate break-in period which I do take for granted..
For all you lume freaks out there...Yes the whole dial is lumed including the hands, seconds hand, and fine minute markings. C3 SuperLuminova is applied here and it seems to be quite bright and lasts a decent ammount of time as it should.
Furthermore, the Klassik Flieger is certainly a high quality watch with decent components under $1500 USD. It contains everything I want and expect in a Flieger for the money being asked. I do have to say, some of the other companies producing Flieger Type A and B watches have some tough competition because what STOWA produces in Germany, is an awesome all around product.
Avi-8 have went ahead and released two new aviation themed watches, one being the “1960” , and the other being the “1980”. These watches are automatic, affordable, and decently designed in my