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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.