The Best Value German Automatic Dive Watch under 1500€ – Stowa Seatime – Review

Today, we are looking at a watch from Stowa and no, it´s not a Flieger!!! We are gonna be discussing one of their divers today. A very different watch, very contemporary, really different from their Flieger watches.

Founded in 1927 by Walter Storz in Hornberg Germany, the Stowa watch company has withstood a long, and at times difficult history. In 1945, the original Stowa factory was destroyed and the company moved operations close to the Swiss-German border.  Within two years, Storz had helped establish the German Watch Industry Association, and today Stowa is stronger than ever under the guidance of Jörg Schauer.

Since 1963, STOWA successfully produces professional sports and diving watches. The resulting watches have been various over the last decades. Especially during the 1970s, STOWA designers have been very active. Exceptional watches with crazy colors were created. Since Jörg Schauer’s takeover of the brand, the company’s aim is to continue tradition with care but also to modernize the watch models – resulting in new sports watch Seatime (waterproof up to 300 meters) and diving watch Prodiver (1000 meters waterproofness). Former design features have been edited and adapted carefully without destroying the DNA of the watches.

Stowa Seatime from 1963

Let´s take a closer look at this Stowa Seatime from 2014. It´s a very substantial piece with 42mm diameter, a heigth of 13,50mm and a lug-to-lug size of 50,30mm. The band width is 22mm.

So a very contemporary size and obviously bigger than the 1963 Seatime but they maintain a lot of the aesthetics. The first think you´ll notice is these incredible angular shapes. It looks very aggressive in a superb way. It reminds me a bit of these stealth warships.

The crown-guards are of good dimensions and superbly integrated to the case. The crown engraved with the Stowa logo is very accessible and can be manipulated easily.

The 60-click unidirectional bezel feels really good as much as you can expect from a high-value piece such as the Stowa, and the outer triangular minute marker aligns perfectly with the minute indices on the dial with every turn. The coining on the side of the bezel is precise and provides an easy grip when turning.

The dial of the Stowa Seatime is also an eye catcher. Indeed, the layout of the figures and the font of writing makes me think of the art deco period.

There’s a beautiful sense of spacing of the numerals, the printing on the dial is extremely crisp. I love the way the date is cut out in a little circle. It´s all very high contrast and the lume (C3 Luminova) is absolutely fantastic and really responsive.

The hands are kind of sword style and a very simple second hand and i love how the numerals attached themselves to that inner circle and there’s a great sense of symmetry on that dial.

The watch movement is a reliable ETA 2824-2 with 25 Jewels. The rotor is decorated and “Stowa” is engraved in an offs-setting gold and some nice blue screws are also present.

The water resistance is about 300m/30ATM which is enough for 99% of the users.

My summary of this Stowa Seatime is that I waited far too long before buying this watch.
In terms of finishes, comfort and look, this watch really offers a lot for its price.
It is a truly unique and beautiful piece, with the versatility to look great on a Nato, metal bracelet, or sportier rubber strap.
You’ll like it or not, but it does not leave you indifferent !!!