Jan 20, 2017

What's your favorite Chronograph?

Currently, I'm loving the Junkers Bauhaus. Would be a dream to me if it were mechanical. Still willing to compromise for the aesthetic, and because the automatic movement Junkers uses is pretty loud. Which Chronograph watches are you coveting these days?


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My current fave is the new Daytona ceramic, I'd get it in Paul Newman colors if possible. My favorite chrono that I currently own is the Oris Artix GT Chrono in black. The stealth look is really well done, quite balanced. The linear seconds is fascinating, and the big crown really complements the design.

I love the omega planet ocean chronograph, perfect combination of style and substance.
That is a beautiful watch. . . so beautiful that I bought the black dial version. (Mine is the 45.5, I think that's the only size this one comes in?) Since I've owned it I find it's been hard to wear, it's almost 19mm tall and feels huge. (When I was looking at it I just thought I'd get used to it.) When I first got it I put it on a NATO- you know, for a sporty diver- and it was even taller. Still looked fantastic however. ;) So it's back to the bracelet, and just trying to get more wrist time with it so I can get acclimated. It is a beautiful watch, inside and out.
There are three chronographs that have piqued my interest recently
One of my grail watches has to be this Breguet 5247, it is just so clean and the colors are amazing.

I also love the Omega Speedmaster Moon Watch Chronograph
Lastly is the Heuer Silverstone, it is big and bulky something I normally avoid. But I had a dream were I was wearing one and in the dream I was real happy with it.

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Adding another Breguet, not sure what model it is, just know it sold for CHF 75,000
Wow, that is some watch. I've been looking at Universal Geneve/Wakmann/Gallet/etc triple dates. This is the Breguet version of the Tri-Compax; fortunately/unfortunately it's WAYYYYY out of my price range.
Overall, it's got to be the Omega Speedmaster Professional. It looks understated and classy, is comfortable to wear, very reliable, and just has so much history behind it. It's affordable enough that you don't have to steal from the kids' college fund, and respectable enough that even the snobbiest of watch snobs would not mind being spotted wearing one. Omega also has an automatic co-axial version that's highly interesting from a technical perspective, but it ain't the original.
Some purists would argue that the only real Moonwatches are the ones with the column wheel 321 movement, but you can safely ignore them. The updated 1861 movement is basically the same, just that it's cam-actuated instead of column-wheel. 1861 Speedmasters are NASA certified for EVAs, and have actually been worn in space (just not to the moon). That's enough street (or space) cred for me, and I actually prefer the snappier feel of the buttons on 1861 models.

Most days though, I wear my Damasko DC66 Si, which runs off a 7750 modified with a Silicon balance spring and various other upgraded bits and bobs. This is much less pretty, but has the practical advantages of being automatic, having a day/date function, a 12-hour bezel (for travel) and Damasko's virtually indestructible ice-hardened steel case and DLC coating. This is my beater.

Other than that, most affordable mechanical chronographs are uninteresting, because more often than not they're running on a 7750 - which, make no mistake, is an excellent movement, but a bit too ubiquitous. Much more interesting are the Lemania 5100 chronos with central minutes counters. I think these are just more legible and more interesting, like this Sinn 142. Unfortunately, the Lemania 5100 seems to be out of production, so you'd have to go vintage for this.

In terms of affordable, interesting mechanical chronographs that are currently in production, I think a brand to watch is Seiko. It's recently come out with a gorgeous chrono in its Presage line that's notable for having an in-house automatic, column wheel, vertical clutch chrono movement, as well as a hand-painted enamel dial, which are features normally found only in watches many times the price. One drawback though, is that the movement itself isn't pretty. I've handled one with an exhibition caseback, and the only visible moving part is the escapement. It's frankly bizarre that Seiko would manufacture a column wheel chrono movement, pair it with a see-through caseback, and then obscure the column wheel behind various plates and such. This is a wasted opportunity, because a column-wheel chrono movement is a joy to watch in operation.
This reply is excellent, thank you. That Seiko is sharp, hopefully they take your feedback into account and surface more of the beauty in future models. Massdrop x Seiko would be a dream come true.
I would love to see that.

On that note, Massdrop x Omega might actually have a chance, considering Omega's gorgeous Speedy Tuesday limited edition SMP.
I have been wanting a Rado Diastar certified chronometer automatic chronograph reference R12694153
for a long time, also the case size rocks at a dial width of 38mm or total case width of 41.
The retail is high but used and grey market the were well below the new 6500 asking price, I think I've seen some go for about 2590 ish or hair less. There's a rubber strap version but i like the std bracelet
They don't seem to come up for sale used much which tells me the western market didn't buy too many up or people that got them love them and are not willing to part with them for now
Check out the Junghans meister series... they pop up on ebay once in awhile for less than 1k
Massdrop also often has a Junghans running.
I did some reading up, and there does seem to be automatic versions of this for about double the price. Still affordable for the looks.
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I appreciate the aesthetics, but I have my sights set on another... Saving up for a Speedy.
Completely understand that decision.
It is really awesome looking, yes, pity not mechanical. But very affordable!
for me it would be Omega speedmaster moon watch.
Other chronographs on my list are already in possession. :)
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here you go ...
Seagull 1963 Pilot Chrono Hand-wind ST19
Hamilton Khaki Chronograph ETA 7750 Auto
Very clean.
Not a Chrono man myself. However, I do love Zenith El Primero 1969, Breitling Navitimer on top of my head.