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Chronic chronograph want

  • 12-02-2021 10:10am
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    Registered Users Posts: 5,498 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    I'm a sucker for chronographs. I've always liked the multi dial look, especially the classic 3, 6 and 9 o clock triple dial layout. It's hard to settle on one though I'm constantly flitting between 150 euro citizens and Seikos to the entry level autos and everything in between. There's so much choice out there in quartz it kind of feels like that's where its at and an automatic chrono is just... pardon the pun... an unnecessary complication.

    I don't see a huge amount of chrono pics posted here, what's the forum take on them? Has everyone got one in their collection?

    I'm always following Tag Heuer F1 chrono on adverts but I invariably end up racing myself to the bottom - quartz stainless steel for 800 ish? Sure I a Bulova or Tissot would be half that, and a Seiko solar half that again and I'm right back where I started, looking at Citizens :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,977 ✭✭✭ micks_address


    fat bloke wrote: »
    I'm a sucker for chronographs. I've always liked the multi dial look, especially the classic 3, 6 and 9 o clock triple dial layout. It's hard to settle on one though I'm constantly flitting between 150 euro citizens and Seikos to the entry level autos and everything in between. There's so much choice out there in quartz it kind of feels like that's where its at and an automatic chrono is just... pardon the pun... an unnecessary complication.

    I don't see a huge amount of chrono pics posted here, what's the forum take on them? Has everyone got one in their collection?

    I'm always following Tag Heuer F1 chrono on adverts but I invariably end up racing myself to the bottom - quartz stainless steel for 800 ish? Sure I a Bulova or Tissot would be half that, and a Seiko solar half that again and I'm right back where I started, looking at Citizens :)

    Has to be a Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch for me.. i had a few others but just kept coming back to it.. expensive though at around 3k for anything secondhand


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,309 ✭✭✭ Fitz II


    Zenith offer the best value second hand in quality chronographs, people overlook them a lot.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,480 ✭✭✭ Lorddrakul


    I'm rather fond of a chrono myself.
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    Ignore the SKX, but you can see a pattern here :)

    I also love the 3,6,9 layout for tricompax, but I also love the story behind the movements themselves, hence the 7750 flieger pictured.

    I am currently looking at getting a 7753 variant, which gives that classic lay out.

    That said, I love the Mark II - to me, it means more than a moon watch.

    The Cartier pictured is an interesting oddball. It was was signature piece, but features a Seiko 7A38 movement which is a quartz, but a jeweled and serviceable movement.

    I like a three-hander, GMTs don't mean a lot to me, but a nice chrono with an interesting movement is irresistible.


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,390 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Still wearing my one today.

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    Though I personally prefer the two subdial look over the three. Generally speaking anyway. I had a Speedmaster many years ago and sold it on. Though it was a lovely watch and fitted well I think it was the three dial layout I couldn't get on with. Had a couple of Seiko Pogues too. I liked them except for the fact you can't hand wind them, they're automatic only and that irked me greatly(First World Problems :D ) so I moved them on too.

    To give you an idea how long ago that was. I couldn't find a pic of them, but did find an old pic of the auction I won for one of them. 55 quids of the sterlings. :eek::D

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    Actually it wasn't that long ago. Ten years maybe?

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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,390 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Has to be a Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch for me.. i had a few others but just kept coming back to it.. expensive though at around 3k for anything secondhand
    Aye, nice watch though. As Fitz notes Zenith make a very nice chrono and take a hit in the secondhand market so good buys are to be had, Breitling another, though IMHO Longines are a better bet on that score. Decent movements tweaked by them from the base ETA movements, the longest history in chronographs of all the brands and half the price or more of the equivalent Zenith offerings. Seiko are probably the best bet for more entry level pricing.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,977 ✭✭✭ micks_address


    Wibbs wrote: »
    Aye, nice watch though. As Fitz notes Zenith make a very nice chrono and take a hit in the secondhand market so good buys are to be had, Breitling another, though IMHO Longines are a better bet on that score. Decent movements tweaked by them from the base ETA movements, the longest history in chronographs of all the brands and half the price or more of the equivalent Zenith offerings. Seiko are probably the best bet for more entry level pricing.

    I find the speedy just sits perfectly on my wrist at 7.25 inches


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,390 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    It fit fine on my scrawny sub 6.5 wrist too, yet some find them awkward. I think it may be down to the shape on the wrist? I've thin wrists, but they're flat on top for the want of a better word, mor D shaped than O. Maybe they're less comfortable on the rounder and smaller wrists?

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Registered Users Posts: 6,977 ✭✭✭ micks_address


    Wibbs wrote: »
    It fit fine on my scrawny sub 6.5 wrist too, yet some find them awkward. I think it may be down to the shape on the wrist? I've thin wrists, but they're flat on top for the want of a better word, mor D shaped than O. Maybe they're less comfortable on the rounder and smaller wrists?

    Im really enjoying mine on Erikas original marine original type strap... it has a stretch to it so super comfy


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,390 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    When I had mine it was a bracelet version, but I found the bracelet uncomfortable. I stuck it on a basic leather strap and it was grand.

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,390 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Jeebus, you wouldn't want to go on a deep dive on chrono24. :)

    Want!

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    Checks prices of kidneys on the dark web.

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    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 12,191 Mod ✭✭✭✭ blue5000


    I wasn't in as early as Wibbs, but I've got only one chrono, took a chance with a Greek seller on the bay. It's probably the only watch that has increased in value since I bought it.

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    natostrapco even gave me a free strap for it's 40th birthday!

    If the seat's wet, sit on yer hat, a cool head is better than a wet ar5e.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,480 ✭✭✭ Lorddrakul


    I love a Pogue - went up on the same Skylab mission as the Mark II Speedie.


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,830 ✭✭✭ Trigger Happy


    I am a sucker for a chrono but have reigned things in. Down to four of them now.

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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,390 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Ah another two register fan I see. :)

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Registered Users Posts: 1,480 ✭✭✭ Lorddrakul


    When it comes to a two-register classic chrono, I do love a Strela...
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    But lately I found the Seiko NE86-based Zeppelin, and I am quite taken.
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    Must resist!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,491 ✭✭✭ Daemonic




  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 59,390 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Wibbs


    Sweeeet. :)

    Rejoice in the awareness of feeling stupid, for that’s how you end up learning new things. If you’re not aware you’re stupid, you probably are.



  • Registered Users Posts: 5,498 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    Wibbs wrote: »
    Jeebus, you wouldn't want to go on a deep dive on chrono24. :)

    Want!


    Checks prices of kidneys on the dark Web.


    That is a stunner alright

    https://www.shucktheoyster.com/longines-vintage-chronograph-7413-6/?hcb=1


  • Registered Users Posts: 5,498 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    Lorddrakul wrote: »
    But lately I found the Seiko NE86-based Zeppelin, and I am quite taken.


    Must resist!


    That zeppelin is a beauty too. 1249 euro is a good price too isn't it?

    Where are Seiko hiding that auto chrono movement in their own catalogue??!


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,112 ✭✭✭ Deep Thought


    Mine...

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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,498 ✭✭✭ fat bloke


    Very nice too.

    I've decided I like the twin dialers too now, but in a modern case. I've never been a fan of that excess slabby metal around the dial aka the turtle look, which is common to a lot of vintage 9 and 3 dial chronos.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,309 ✭✭✭ Fitz II


    fat bloke wrote: »
    Very nice too.

    I've decided I like the twin dialers too now, but in a modern case. I've never been a fan of that excess slabby metal around the dial aka the turtle look, which is common to a lot of vintage 9 and 3 dial chronos.

    Love the IWC great looking watch. Agree with you fat bloke on the turtle look to cases, looks melted and somehow unintentional.


  • Posts: 0 ✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    I like Chronos a lot but only have this one as it turns out:

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    I declared myself out in respect of significant new acquisitions but if I was ever going back there I'd probably be considering an IWC somethingsomethingsomething.

    Or a Reverso.

    But like I said, I'm out.

    What?


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,017 ✭✭✭ njburke


    Here's my chronograph grail, a doxa t graph 200. I think it's the splash of yellow on the sub dial that draws me to it. It's twice the price of the doxa sub 300t I have.

    https://images.app.goo.gl/TSUxajeiK5fz1cTe8


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