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STOWA. Timeline.

1927 - 2017.

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.
  • The Prodiver Olymp Bronze wins the watch vote!

    Again we won the popular online contest at Watchtime! For the fifth time in a row (!) our sports watch Prodiver wins this competition (in the very competitive category up to 2.500.- Euro!). We are not only very delighted about the award but also of the number of votes cast: No other watch (across all categories) has received more individual votes than STOWA: More than 2200 readers have chosen the Prodiver Olymp Bronze!

  • Start of the STOWA friends
    Would you like to experience a STOWA watch live? STOWA friends make it possible. There are worldwide very loyal STOWA customers/collectors who agreed to show their watch/ watches to you locally.

  • Handwinding movement available
    From now on, we have again a handwinding movement for almost all models available: The beautifully finished ETA 2804-2 movement with golden STOWA engraving, Code de Geneve and blued screws. Whether the movement fits into your watch, you always see on the product-specific pages. Here is a small excerpt: Suitable for Flieger Klassik 40, Marine Klassik 40, Partitio, Antea 365 and 390 etc.
  • Form Follows Emotion

    The new Flieger watch was designed by Hartmut Esslinger, the founder of frog design. Besides others he worked successfully for Wega, Apple, Sony and many more. In the picture you see Hartmut Esslinger discussing a detail with Jörg Schauer.

     > Hartmut Esslinger

  • Hartmut Esslinger

    Esslinger about symbolism:  “The symbolism of innovative products is usually very historical: my first iPad proposal for Steve Jobs, from 1982, was inspired by a slate block, my Trinitron design for Akio Morita and Norio Ogha (Sony) was a picture frame and already planned switching to flat screens in 1978.”

  • Museum
    The modern STOWA museum houses many well-preserved STOWA watches. A great source of inspiration and evidence of a long and unbroken corporate history.
  • Partitio. Historical and remake
    The historical Partitio next to the current black dial version.
  • Chronograph
    The 70s. Bigger cases and colorful hands. STOWA chronographs have been typical for these crazy times. The watches from this period are popular as the bigger sizes allow the collector to wear them also nowadays.
  • Ladies digital watch
    This small "digital" ladies watch has a blue fabric strap and a chromed housing. The watch is in a very good condition - like new.
  • The RUFA (Rheinfelder Uhrteilefabrik) is founded
    The RUFA (Rheinfelder Uhrteilefabrik) was founded to produce impact protection systems for PUW and Durowe movements.
  • New building
    A new building in Rheinfelden is build in 1951, which is extended in 1954 and 1966. At the same time, the head office in Pforzheim is also being rebuilt.
  • Precision movement
    A very precise movement is ticking inside the STOWA Marine pocketwatch.
  • Precision
    The movement of the large pilotwatch was very precise. It has to pass the elaborate tests of the chronometer checkpoint.
  • Partitio. Functional.

    1938. The design of this historical watch that we show here dates back to 1938 and was - as was customary - created in Pforzheim / Germany. It combines a simple design using a straightforward font with the practical night readability by occupying with luminous color on numbers and hands. The high-quality mechanical movement has an indirectly driven center seconds, a screwbalance and gold-plated stone bearings. Even then, this quality of work underscored STOWA's quality standards.

     > Partitio collection

  • Bauhaus style
    More 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.

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In order to successfully continue the STOWA history we always need your support as a customer and watch collector. Use the opportunity to get in direct contact with us to send us your criticism and suggestions. Help us also if you have any old STOWA watch of which you might even know when the watch was built. We are collecting everything to constantly improve and complete the STOWA timeline. Thank you so much! Your STOWA team from the Black Forest.