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Drove over to the Stowa facility today to have a look around. Very nice folks. Saw an original pilots watch. Holy cow that thing is big. But appropriately so. Saw a couple of very unusual watches that had cascading date style wheel that indicated the time. Kind of like a slide-rule. I rather liked those.

I was greeted by a very nice young lady, spoke English very well, Offered me coffee or water. She was very patient while I gawked at the watches and answered my silly questions. And as if that weren't enough. She was very pretty as well. One of my goals in visiting Stowa was to look at the Ikarus. It is much more handsome in person than on a monitor. Just something about that grey dial seems to make it very hard to photograph. They had one of the pilots watches with the decorated handaufzug 2801. Very, Very nice. And 1MM thinner.

What surprised me was the size of them. Mind you. My TAG that I just sold was an old 6000 chronograph with a 40MM case with a 25MM or so inner dial. So to be honest. I was expecting to be underwhelmed with a 40MM watch. So as you can imagine I was surprised at how big a 40mm watch looked on my 190MM/7.4" wrist. There is so much dial area and not much bezel. Which is a good thing for a guy that has to short an arm for his eyesight.

So. I got to see the Stowa facility and received the Kadloo ocean date I bought from Caddymon in the same day. It was good to be me today. I do believe there is a Stowa watch in my future. Great watch, Great people at Stowa. A winning combo for sure.
 

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You are lucky Jerry. A lot of very good watch manufacturers in Germany and Stowa is one of them. Always better to get a 1st hand look.If you can you should post some pics next time you go see one.Many including myself would love to see them.Kadloo is around there somewhere too but I am not sure they have an actual factory or if they contract out their work.
 

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Kadloo is in Basel at the corner of Switzerland, France, Germany. About another hour or so south of Stowa. Been through Basel before. Also been to Schaffhausen as well to visit the Rhinefalle.

I'd like to get over to Glasshutte in Saxony one day. That's about a 5 hour drive each way for me. Luckily I have fuel rations and don't have to pay the $9 per gallon the locals have to.

I'm so fortunate to live here. We have seen some amazing places. Been to Hitler's eagles nest mountain top hideaway. Slept in the Von Trapp family home in Salzburg Austria (yes. The one from the sound of music) Been to a Nazi SS holding cell facility in Koln (Cologne). And to many other places to mention in the last 2 1/2 years. Have another 2 1/2 to go before we go back stateside. I really think every American should travel to other countries. Most folk over here are not that different from us. They want to do good for their family lead a good life and retire/relax.
 

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You just sparked a thought biddog....a tour of watch companies in Switzerland/Germany. I mean people do wine tours and whiskey distillery tours, why not watch factories that are open to the pulbic with showrooms?
 

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Now there's an idea. When I looked up watch makers in Pforzheim. I saw at least 5-6 on google. I'm sure there are some small makers that are not on the web. Lots of jewelery makers as well.
 

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No. It was actually very quiet. As I popped in around lunch time. The one I talked to was a young gal that showed me the collection. Apologies to her for not remembering her name. I'm bad that way. Takes a couple of times hearing a name to sink in. The whole building inside and out was definitely of the Bauhaus form.

As a totally newby to upmarket watches I barely knew what ask about. So I did internally feel a bit out of place.

Took home one of their German language catalogs. Very well done too. Even has a wrist measurement tool inside.
 

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Did you get the opportunity to meet Jorg or Viveca?
The young lady that helped me is Luisa.
 

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Arrgghhh, Luisa is in charge of sales, receipts and shipments!



Does this mean watch deliveries get held up everytime someone visits Stowa? Arrgghhhh.....no wonder why mine was delayed for months.....:lol:lol



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andrema wrote:
Did you get the opportunity to meet Jorg or Viveca?
The young lady that helped me is Luisa.
 

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I spent ten years at FedEx. I could give Stowa/Luisa a helping hand.

I've been trying to decide whether to get the Ikarus or MA. Then do I get the standard movement or go with the 2801. Either way. Luisa doesn't know it. But she will help me decide between the 2824-2 or 2801 based on whether Stowa will accept the U.S. military VAT relief form I emailed to her. 19% VAT savings means I can get the 2801 and still stay within the wife's mandated budget.:b
 

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wow, what a cool side trip. sounds like you are taking advantage of your free time! How's your Kadloo? If CJ (Caddymon) sent it I know it has to be good!! Great post
 

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JJDSEARCH wrote:
wow, what a cool side trip. sounds like you are taking advantage of your free time! How's your Kadloo? If CJ (Caddymon) sent it I know it has to be good!! Great post
Love the Kadloo. As it's my first mechanical automatic it will no doubt hold a special place for me. Sort of like your first cool car or motorcycle. The Kadloo may not be high end. But you seem to get a lot of watch for not much money. Which is a good thing.

The STOWA is the same. A lot of watch for your money.

As the Kadloo is an automatic. I ended up ordering the STOWA with a handwind 2801. Now if mid May would hurry up and get here. I'll just have to try and not think about it. And to that end. The wife and I are going on a few holidays till then. Barcelona next weekend, Pisa in Tuscany Italy in March, And Cappadocia, Istanbul Turkey in April. That should keep my mind off the STOWA. Maybe I'll do some where's Kadloo pictures.
 

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Germany is one of my favorite places in the world. I traveled there with my now wife (girlfriend at the time).
Ive been to a few of those places you mentioned Bigdog and I agree that it really broadens your horizons traveling overseas. Everyone was so nice in Germany. I was singing the local football game chant by 1am in Munich with all the locals. I bought a round of beers and i was treated like a king.
 

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Now you need to go visit Sinn,h2o,SAS,Kemmer sure there are a few others. Alot of nice watches out of Germany.
Pretty sure SAS is Swiss Made and Graeme is out of England.
 

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A trip to glasshutte in Saxony Anhalt would be great as well.
 
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