Stowa have been making pilot’s watches since 1937, and they are based in Engelsbrand, near Pforzheim in Germany, where they also have a museum of their watches running back to 1927. The Stowa Flieger Klassik 40 Automatic Baumuster B Limited is part of celebrations of its 90th anniversary, and it is a limited edition of 90 pieces.
It is based on a historical B-Uhr model which was very large – 55 millimetres – with a long strap so that it could be worn over the sleeve of a flying jacket. Today the version is more suitable for everyday use, with a diameter of 40 mm, thickness 10.2 millimetres, and a brown strap with two rivets on each side. The dial is perfect simplicity, with no logo, and just hour, minute and seconds indications, with “old radium” beige SuperLuminova. There is a date window at 6 o’clock.
The movement is the ETA 2824-2 automatic in the “Top” version with blued screws. It provides 38-42 hours power reserve, and it can be seen through the sapphire caseback. The rotor incorporates an engraving with details of the watch. The watch costs €1,120 inclusive of VAT, you can buy online at http://www.stowa.de/, delivery in about 6 weeks. It comes in a special Black Forest wood case.