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    Stowa Ikarus arrival (new to me)

    Just received a watch I have been looking at for a couple years now, but managed to resist until I saw a used one with the old logo and top blue-screw movement for a very good price. I guess I have no willpower at all. I love this artful take on the flieger, still toolish but with a unique gray metallic dial and very legible yet subtle light color scheme. This one was so affordable because of a few scuffs and dings, and I am using it as practice for subtle case refurbishing. I started that process with some fine grit carborundum and I'll work on matching the brushed finish over time.





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    Very nice, and as you say, very legible. Appropriate strap too - is it a Stowa strap or a replacement?

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    On my phone the numerals and indices looked positively pistachio. On my computer things looking a bit more restrained, and in one photo definitely white. So I'm a bit confused. I've my fingers crossed that they are actually a nice pastelly green, but is that the lume added a touch of the off-whites to it?

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    Nice pickup! That has always been an interesting take on the flieger, and from what I've heard, the dial is quite fetching in person.

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    Thanks, folks! It is the original Stowa strap and buckle, which the previous owner never wore. He also sent two nice crown&buckle blue-stitch brown straps, but I'm gonna stick with the Stowa black until I see one of Iyonk's in the flesh. I suspect that'll be the match I'm waiting for. Der - the lume is just slightly greenish white, Superluminova C3 - not bright green, with hairline black edges that pop nicely off from the metallic flake gray. The dial really is the star of the watch - it sparkles just a bit in the sunlight but looks matte gray indoors, and the black highlights create a sharp precise coolness to things. In fact it's really quite subdued. It doesn't call attention to itself on the wrist, and I like that. The muted palate gives it a slightly more dressy feeling than toolish-military, which is why I was attracted to it.
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    If I were to buy a flieger today, it'd be a tough call between this one and the tradition black dial, but leaning toward this one. I really like it a lot.

    Edit...nope, it'd definitely be the Ikarus (after seeing more photos online).
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    Quote Originally Posted by gnuyork View Post
    If I were to buy a flieger today, it'd be a tough call between this one and the tradition black dial, but leaning toward this one. I really like it a lot.

    Edit...nope, it'd definitely be the Ikarus (after seeing more photos online).


    I tend to be slightly contrarian, in that I like designs the pay tribute to traditions without blindly copying them. Stowa does a great classic flieger, as they should, but I like this slight variation of lowering the contrast between hands and dial and adding a bit of sparkle to the dial with metal flake coating. It doesn't call attention to itself, but stands out from the crowd.
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