1927 - 2021.
The STOWA history.
Since 1927, STOWA has constantly been building mechanical watches. The success from the Black Forest has produced many stories and, above all, many beautiful watches. Read and browse our timeline here. See when we launched our new and former watches on the market or when there were significant events. If there are further background informations we have linked the article to an additional page. Pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them.
Bauhaus styleMore interesting watches from that period can be seen at the STOWA museum in Engelsbrand. May it be a small, solid gold watch for women with Roman numbers or a rectangular gold watch with Arabic ones. Collectors’ hearts leap for joy regarding the two watches depicted above. The rectangular watch is made of a so called desk case (Pultgehäuse), which means the watch case is thicker at 12 o’clock than at 6 o’clock – to better meet the eye of the beholder. The round shaped watch features a rare color combination: a Roman dial made of copper in a chromed watch case.
STOWA Marine watch. Alignment on the oceans.Without B-Uhr (Marine watch) no alignment on the oceans. The beginnings of these watches, also called B-Uhren, Marine watches or Captains watches, go back to the british marines. To locate the exact position of their many ships on the oceans, they needed instruments to determine the time exactly. The famous, british watchmaker John Harrison constructed the first sea chronometers in the early 18th century.
PrecisionThe movement of the large pilotwatch was very precise. It has to pass the elaborate tests of the chronometer checkpoint.
STOWA building in PforzheimBuilt in 1938 and destroyed in 1945, the STOWA building was rebuilt in the 1950s.
MuseumThe modern STOWA museum houses many well-preserved STOWA watches. A great source of inspiration and evidence of a long and unbroken corporate history.