Hands-On With The Stowa Flieger Klassik 40

Hands-On With The Stowa Flieger Klassik 40

There was a period that a watch had no logo on the dial. This was principally the situation with pocket watches, maybe a couple of the main wristwatches additionally did not have a logo on the dial. The pilot’s watches of the 1940s, the supposed ‘Beobachtungsuhr’ or B-Uhr is additionally known to have no logo on the dial. A couple of fabricates made these watches as per German details: A. Lange & Söhne, Laco, Wempe, IWC and Stowa. In 1940, Stowa created its first B-Uhr, Type A. In 1997, they once again introduced the Flieger watch with no logo on the dial. Today, we are taking a gander at the current Stowa Flieger with manual development. For under 1000 Euro.

B-Uhr Type An and Type B

Sometimes, there is some disarray between the B-Uhr Type An and Type B (Baumuster An and Baumuster B). The principle contrast is the time of creation (and plan) and the necessities for the dial. Below, a picture of the Stowa B-Uhr Type An along with one of their more current Flieger (B-Uhr) watches (the Stowa 90th commemoration restricted release). These watches were explicitly planned and delivered for the German Luftwaffe in WWII.

As written in the presentation, Stowa was one of the five companies that fabricated these B (Uhren is plural of Uhr) or ‘observation’ looks for the German Luftwaffe. In 1940, Stowa made the principal B-Uhr Type A, as demonstrated above. These were produced using 1940 till 1941 and included a dial with numerals from 1 to 11 and a triangle accompanied by two dabs at 12 o’clock. No logo. In 1941, the Germans thought of the B-Uhr Type B (or Baumuster B) plan. The B-Uhr Type B had an additional scale on the dial, showing hours from 1 to 12. On the external track, the B-Uhr Type B showed the moment markers from 5 till 55. At 12 o’clock, there’s the triangle once more, but this time without the spots. Below, a unique drawing for the B-Uhr Type B, where the supplier’s name is referenced (Wempe in this case).

All B-Uhren had the accompanying details, as needed by the „Reichsluftfahrtministerium” (RLM) – Imperial Air Ministry. Watch lover and authority did an intriguing review about this on the acclaimed WatchUseek discussions. He archived the determinations for the B-Uhr:

  • case distance across of 55 mm
  • caseback set apart with FL 23883 (FL = flight, 23 = navigation)
  • large crown for use with gloves
  • hacking movement
  • Breguet balance-spring
  • regulated and tried as chronometers
  • leather lash to be worn over the sleeve of a flight jacket

Stowa likewise delivered the B-Uhr Type B, around 1942. As indicated by Stowa, they just made around 42 of these pieces. The B-Uhr by Stowa utilized a Unitas caliber 2812 movement.

Stowa Flieger Klassik 40

So far for the first 55mm pilot’s watches and a portion of its set of experiences. What I have before me is the Stowa Flieger Klassik 40 with a hand-wound development. My partner Bert and I ran into a spring up store of Stowa a few months prior, some place in the south of Germany. The most straightforward (in our eyes) Stowa jumped out most for us, the Klassik 40. A no-nonsense pilot’s watch with no logo on the dial, focal seconds hand and a hand-wound development. This watch, albeit 15mm more modest in measurement, has been enlivened by the B-Uhr Type A from 1940. In 1997, Stowa presented this model with a programmed development and it has been their best-dealer ever since.

However, I incline toward the manual wind movement in this watch. Stowa utilizes the ETA caliber 2804-2 development for this Flieger Klassik 40 hand-wound model. This hand-wound development adds 20 Euro to the value compared to the programmed development (ETA caliber 2824-2).

Night Vision

The size of 40mm is entirely comfortable and will suit most wrist sizes. For the individuals who love to wear something bigger, Stowa likewise offers their Flieger in 43mm. The Stowa Flieger Klassik 40 comes with a quite delicate calfskin tie, with a bit of patina. The lash configuration is likewise impacted by the authority details from 1940, with the exception of the length of course.

On the dial, Stowa utilized Super-LumiNova C3 to guarantee a decent read-out in low-light conditions. The enormous moment and hour hands are loaded up with lume and the focal seconds hands is all lumed beginning from the middle pinion. The hour markers and Arabic numerals just as the triangle with the two dabs are additionally completely lumed. As you can see below, you won’t experience a lot of difficulty perusing the time in the dark.

Hand-wound Movement

As composed above, the first B-Uhr watches by Stowa utilized the Unitas caliber 2812 development. These developments were managed and tried as chronometers at that point. The caseback was shut obviously, and a few inscriptions, similar to the maker, development, FL number and chronic number. The programmed variant of the Stowa Flieger Klassik 40 has those inscriptions, but the model we picked has a straightforward caseback.

As you can see on the photograph above, the development is relative little (25.6mm), which leaves some space for etching on the hardened steel part of the caseback. It peruses Edelstahl (hardened steel), Handaufzug (manual breeze) and the rest is clear I think. The development looks pleasant, with striped completion, huge balance haggle screws. The bridge has been engraved ‘Stowa’ and loaded up with a gold tone. It is a workhorse development and does the job right. The development isn’t a chronometer and it is additionally unknown whether Stowa at any rate controls them inside chronometer particulars, similar to the first B-Uhr types. Nonetheless, I didn’t notice a lot of deviation during the hour of wearing this watch. I need to concede I pivot my watches successive, so I am seldom bothered by exactness as long for what it’s worth inside the acceptable reach (which means not minutes per day).

The huge onion molded crown makes it simple to handle and wind the watch. The Stowa Flieger Klassik 40 with this hand-wound development has a force save of 42 hours.

History on the Wrist

Wearing this watch I was continually helped to remember the historical backdrop of this pilot’s watch, or Flieger. Not that it helped me to remember the Luftwaffe or different things, but the plan of the watch is so famous and notable that you are continually mindful you are wearing a ‘real’ pilot’s watch. I’ve worn and attempted an IWC Big Flieger on certain events for instance, and that was only a pleasant watch on the wrist with a beautiful development. It didn’t truly interface me to a unique B-Uhr. This Stowa is unquestionably something a lot nearer to the first, in spite of the more modest size. The dial without a logo is a big in addition to me. Not that I don’t like Stowa (unexpectedly), but it gives the watch this crude and certified edge. I love that.


 I like this watch. Straightforward. The cost of 950 Euro (930 Euro for the model with programmed development) helps obviously. These Stowa Flieger Klassik watches are the best venders from the company, and that’s plainly understandable. The Stowa Flieger Klassik 40 offers incredible incentive for cash and there is little to reprimand. They followed the first plan and significantly offer it several flavors to the individuals who favor a programmed development over a hand-wound or need something with a date or with Stowa logo. That’s all fine. On the off chance that there is one thing I needed to transform, it would probably be the caseback. I would have favored an all hardened steel caseback with etching. But that’s me and I know that loads of individuals like to take a gander at the mechanics inside. I can likewise comprehend this decision from a passage level reason. I don’t need to come across snobbish here, but I accept that a sub 1000 Euro watch is frequently bought by individuals who simply begin with mechanical watches. This is the gathering of individuals who truly really like to take a gander at the mechanical development they spend such a lot of cash on. For the 90th commemoration of Stowa (established in 1927), there were additionally some commemoration models of the Flieger Klassik 40 watch. Were, as they’ve been totally sold out or held some time ago.

The Stowa Flieger 40 Klassik as audited in this article has a rundown cost of 950 Euro and can be , straightforwardly from Stowa. Expected conveyance time is around 2 weeks.

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