Many of the watches I showcase are either really high end or really accessible. This particular Stowa falls in between. But if you’re looking for something vintage-inspired without actually buying a vintage watch and don’t want to spend thousands, this might be what you’re looking for!
Based on a simple 1930s model from the Stowa archives, the Partitio Black Automatic retains much of the understated functional design that began to gain popularity at that time. Moreover, the slim proportions – 37 mm in diameter and about 11 mm in thickness – are a breath of fresh air for those who prefer more discreet and wearable watches. At just under $725, the three-hand watch with black dial and an unfussy case design presents good value relative to other vintage-inspired models with ebauche movements on the market today.
From logotype to materials, the timepiece is a solid choice. Inside the Partitio is a standard ETA 2824-2 time-only movement. It’s self-winding with about 40 hours of power reserve. At the sub-$1000 price point, the use of a standard ETA ebauche isn’t surprising, or necessarily a minus as the watch will keep time just fine and serviceability will be effortless. The finishing isn’t anything to obsess over, despite a few blued screws and Stowa engraving on the movement. However, Stowa has made another pleasing design choice in opting for a solid case back engraved with the Partitio logo. And it looks really, really good.