Stowa Introduces Two New Watches that Throw Out the Rule Book

Sometimes a watch comes along from a familiar brand and it has an almost reinvigorating quality. Maybe it’s a weird offbeat design, an unexpected feature set, or something that just seems to go against the grain and what’s currently trending. What’s really cool is when this happens twice in one week, from the same brand. The new Stowa Prodiver and Marine Classic Sport couldn’t be more different from one another, but they share an appealing strangeness that we really enjoy.

Stowa Marine Classic Sport 

  • Case Material: Stainless steel 
  • Dial: White
  • Dimensions: 43mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire        
  • Water Resistance: 200 meters                         
  • Movement: ETA 2824-2
  • Strap/bracelet: Rubber
  • Price: 1,000 €
  • Reference Number: n/a
  • Expected Release: Available now 

Stowa Prodiver Black Green Ceramic

  • Case Material: Titanium
  • Dial: Black
  • Dimensions: 42mm
  • Crystal: Sapphire        
  • Water Resistance: 1000 meters  
  • Crown: Screw down                        
  • Movement: ETA 2824-2 
  • Strap/bracelet: Rubber
  • Price: 1,490 €
  • Reference Number: n/a
  • Expected Release: Available now


Let’s start with the Marine Classic Sport. Stowa’s Marine series is of course based on a classic marine chronometer aesthetic, and it’s clean dial layout has a retro vibe that feels formal without being stuffy. The new Marine Classic Sport takes that design and throws it in a big, modern 43mm case with 200 meters of water resistance. The Roman numeral dial goes a long way in making this watch delightfully anachronistic. It’s the dial of a dress watch with tool watch specs, and it’s sure to have way more wrist presence and bite than a typical watch in the Marine series. Honestly, I’m not sure who this watch is for, but I love that Stowa made it, even if it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense on paper. 

Next up is the newest limited edition version of the Prodiver, Stowa’s all purpose dive watch. This one is a little less weird on its face than the Marine Classic Sport, but it has plenty of little details to make it a unique take on the modern retro inspired dive watch. Stowa is definitely mixing  the old and the new here, with an angular case that owes a lot to 70s dive watch design, paired with modern materials and technology. The bezel is matte black ceramic, and the case is sandblasted titanium, producing an unapologetic tool watch look. The accents are acid green and a great complement to the gray tones of the case. The Prodiver is rated to 1000 meters of water resistance and features a helium escape valve on the case, just in case you decide to take up saturation diving.

We’ve said it here many times, but trends in the watch world are easy to spot and sometimes, even when love the watches, can get tiring. So when a 200 meter water resistance deck watch with a Roman dial comes around at an affordable price point, a neon green accented and funky tool watch with even more impressive specs is made available, we think it’s worth highlighting, and we love recognizing brands that are willing to throw out the rule book.

Both of these watches are available now on Stowa’s website, although the Prodiver is currently sold out (more are on the way). The Marine Classic Sport will have an Arabic numeral dial available soon, and can be had in both date and non-date versions. And, don’t forget, Stowa offers a ton of customization options. Don’t sleep on the idea of having an important date or message engraved on the movement or caseback – it’s a great opportunity to create something truly personal and meaningful in a landscape of mass production. Stowa

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Zach is a native of New Hampshire, and he has been interested in watches since the age of 13, when he walked into Macy’s and bought a gaudy, quartz, two-tone Citizen chronograph with his hard earned Bar Mitzvah money. It was lost in a move years ago, but he continues to hunt for a similar piece on eBay. Zach loves a wide variety of watches, but leans toward classic designs and proportions that have stood the test of time. He is currently obsessed with Grand Seiko.