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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.
Egard is a watch company based in California and produces very unique and different watches differentiating itself from the crowd. Today, we will take a closer look at one of their newer models - The Gentlemans Warfare V1 Engraved Limited Edition
The GW is comprised of super tough AA coated 316L stainless steel, making this watch very tough and durable while keeping its style and flamboyant looks. The case is actually curved and sits well on the wrist with its oval figure. The basic specifications are 45MM across, with a slim profile coming in at 11MM thick. This watch does truly wear like a 45MM watch, so for extremely small wrists I would take a look at some of their other models. The finishing is brushed all around, including the small onion crown which is pull/push over at the 3:00 position. The crown functions with ease and one is able to get a firm grip on it to change the time. Now, the fun stuff - this version of the GW has a really beautiful paisley style engraving all around the case, and it is done well. There were certainly no shortcuts taken here and this is not a cheap process as well. Egards unique designs and layouts really allow them to stand apart from many of the other brands in this segment, which is something many strive for but can never reach. If we flip the watch to the screw on ( literally ) caseback, a small window displays the balance wheel at work which is a nice touch. Personally, I think a complete exhibitiom caseback just would not look right on this piece. In terms of crystal, Egard placed a curved sapphire over this interesting dial, which features anti-reflective coating.
The Black Striped dial is quite exciting and certainly out of the norm for what we usually see in a watch design. Egard has a way of implementing unique and rare design cues into their watches, which is a pleasure to see. There are two rotating discs - one marks the 24 hour sub dial with a pointed arrow while the other represents the continuous seconds. The large and bold cyringe atyle hands with a hollown circular center looks like something straight off of an instrument that used to keep time years ago. The open heart also displays the balance wheel of the automatic movement which allows you to get a glimpse into the inner mechanics of this timepiece.
The movement they decided to go with is the reliable Japanese Automatic Miyota 8S27.. This movement features 21 jewels and beats away at 21,600 BPH with an accuracy of around +10 seconds a day on my example. This is not an extremely complicated movement in the sense of watchmaking but it is rather robust, durable, and gets the job done with long term reliability.
Steel Bracelet / Genuine Leather Band
Two straps are supplied with this model which is nice to see and helps justify the $650 pricepoint a bit more in my eyes. The equipped stock 24/22 genuine leather band is brown with white stitching and a signed brushed buckle. I found this strap to fit comfortably around my 6.5 inch wrist straight out of the box with no issues. The second included is a brushed steel link bracelet with a decent and secure butterfly clasp. One thing I do like is how the straps fit directly into the case, so no end links are needed here for a clean fit.
Furthermore, my fellow watch addicts - The Egard LE V1 is certainly a wildcard watch and probably looks nothing like any watch you currently own. This is good in a sense because it allows you to explore different design and case shapes at an affordable price. Also, a huge plus is the paisley engraving around the case which you certainly will not find on todays market. With all this being said, I think it is an all around decent watch and kit for the money. I have also left a link to their webstore if you want to check them out. Thanks for reading, and see ya in the next one!