STOWA History

 

1927 

foundation of STOWA by Walter Storz in Hornberg/Kinzigtal, Germany. STO (Storz),WA (Walter)

 

1935 

move to a new rented building in Pforzheim, Germany

 

1938 

construction of own STOWA building in Bismarckstraße 54 in Pforzheim, Germany

 

1938 

presentation of Bauhaus watches, on which today's Antea line is based on

 

1939

production launch of STOWA Marine Beobachtungsuhr and the big pilot B-watches (55mm). Both basic designs you will find in our current line in different variations

 

1945

on 23rd February 1945 the STOWA-building was destroyed by the great bombardment on Pforzheim

 

1945 

Start of STOWA´s new watch factory in Rheinfelden, Germany near Basle

 

1947 

Walter Storz becomes founding member of the watch industry association

 

1951 

construction of STOWA´s new factory in Rheinfelden (1954 and 1966 extension of building) Parallel to this construction our headoffice in Pforzheim was re-built.

 

1954

foundation of the RUFA (Rheinfelder Uhrteilefabrik) - production of RUFA-Anti-Shocks for PUW and DUROWE movements

 

1960

beginning of the 60´s Werner Storz, son of Walter Storz, joins the company. He was is charge of sales overseas.

 

1963 

protection of trademarks for "STOWA Seatime", which was prototype for our today's Seatime collection

 

1970 

STOWA launches the "smallest alarm clock of the world" at the Hannover watch fair. At that time our collection comprises approximately 1000 different watch models. (Rheinfelder Anzeiger (newspaper), 29th April 1970)

 

1974

Walter Storz dies

 

1974 

STOWA becomes partner and member of the German watch cooperation "Pallas", which has the main goal to supply specialized dealers and retailers with a comprising collection of market-conform and trend-setting watches, concentrated advertising and the maximum of service.

 

1996 

Jörg Schauer takes over STOWA and all Trademark rights from Werner Storz

 

1998

Werner Storz dies

 

1997

70 years company anniversary

presentation of a limited Fliegerwatch with Unitas 6300 N

 

2002

75 years company anniversary

presentation of our limited Fliegerwatch "Bremen D 1167". This limited Edition is a tribute to the airplane called "Bremen", which was the first airplane crossing nonstop the Atlantic Ocean from East to West in 1928. The flight from East to West was the more difficult path than the flight of Charles Lindbergh in 1927 from West to East.

 

2005 

For the first time, a STOWA watch wins at the election of the best watches of the world.

The STOWA Antea was taken first place from the readers at the election of the "Goldene Unruh 2005"

 

2007 

80 years company anniversary

presentation of limited flieger watches: Flieger Automatic and Flieger Original (sold out).

 

2008/2009 

move to our newly constructed production building which includes our STOWA in-house museum

 

2010

presentation of our STOWA Chronograph which is based in detail on an former pocket watch.

Launch of our Flieger Baumuster B with B-Dial. (only 42 pcs of the original 55mm Pilot B-Dial watch have been produced during WW2. Hence the Original Pilot B-Uhr is one of the rarest big pilot watches ever)

 

2012

The STOWA Flieger Chronograph is the winner of the contest:

The best watches of the world. (Goldene Unruh 2012) in the category up to 2.500.- Euro

 

2012

A second floor on the STOWA building is ready to enlarge the production capazity. A few hundred people visited STOWA at the official dedication of the STOWA building and the STOWA museum.