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    Chronograph suggestions

    I am interested in obtaining a sub 40 mm chronograph, I wonder if anyone can recommend a manufacturer/model that falls into this category. (new or vintage)
    I know it's a very broad remit, just would like to ask more knowledgeable people than myself.
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    What sort of price range? that'll help narrow things down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dachi View Post
    What sort of price range? that'll help narrow things down.
    Sorry price would help! quite a small budget, between 400-800.

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    filters on chrono24

    You can go on chrono24 and filter on case diameter, case material, etc. There are actually lots in this category. As the previous poster suggests, knowing your budget will help. Prices range from Tissot - > Breitling Trans Ocean -> Blancpain Leman -> Breguet XX to name a few. Cheers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giuliasuper View Post
    You can go on chrono24 and filter on case diameter, case material, etc. There are actually lots in this category. As the previous poster suggests, knowing your budget will help. Prices range from Tissot - > Breitling Trans Ocean -> Blancpain Leman -> Breguet XX to name a few. Cheers.
    Many thanks for the info. I've made a note of the unfamiliar ones in the list, and will have a look.
    regards.

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    check out vintage Seiko

    I think in that price range, I'd have a long look at vintage Seiko models. Lots of info out there and some of them are rising in price.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giuliasuper View Post
    I think in that price range, I'd have a long look at vintage Seiko models. Lots of info out there and some of them are rising in price.
    I quite like Seiko as a brand, the case size is very important to me. A large 40mm plus case would be out of place on my wrist!
    thank you.

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    The trouble with a mechanical chronograph in that price range is that if there are any subsequent problems, or when a service is due, the cost may be similar to or may exceed the current value of the watch. Safer to look for a quartz model.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch View Post
    The trouble with a mechanical chronograph in that price range is that if there are any subsequent problems, or when a service is due, the cost may be similar to or may exceed the current value of the watch. Safer to look for a quartz model.



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    I appreciate you advice. Any particular make?

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    Chronograph suggestions

    Not to everyone's taste but my Kirium is only about 38mm.



    Also available with a black dial or in titanium with a carbon dial.

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    A second hand Sinn 356. Job done.


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    If you can find an older 38mm Oris that would be comfortably in budget. Here's mine (6.75" wrist for reference):


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    How vintage do you want it to be? I've bought a lovely Seiko Pogue of a gentleman from this site. Even allowing for TZ sales corner pricing you could easily obtain a lovely Pepsi Bezel Pogue for that money the Crowns are also hidden so it's substantial without being bulky. I love it. It's got lovely wrist presence and has more positive comments than any other watch I own.
    Alternatively the more military look Oris shown on this thread looks a goodun and will be more robust I'd guess. Don't think you need to keep to quartz on your budget unless the thought of servicing stresses you. I (naively?!?) don't worry about it so love buying vintage

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    Omega Dynamic Chronograph! you might do a deal for 800 on the button. A poor seller in its day as they tried the military vintage look perhaps a tad too early. Now of course people love em. Pricing all over the place as some try and sell them at 1500. Worth a look as they are becoming a bit of a classic. If the module movement goes Omega will just switch it out. So no issue with serving apart from cost of course.

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    I have a couple of Seiko SND309 Quartz chronographs. A nice size, a very sensible price (under 100), and quite a smart looking watch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gawkrodger View Post
    Good call - there are loads of Poljot 3133 based manual chronographs to choose from. Take a look at this site: http://polmax3133.com/

    If you're feeling brave and fancy something with some real provenance, a decent vintage original Strela (as worn by Alexei Leonov on his historic space walk) will set you back around 500.

    You may get lucky and find an Omega Speedmaster reduced within your budget. They were around 700 a couple of years ago. No idea what they are now!

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    At that price, I think Sinn, Damasko or Fortsis would be my preferences. You might be able to get a speedmaster reduced at that price as well.

    If you're looking towards smaller watches - I'd also consider the thickness. I had a great IWC 3706 - but with the 7750 movement, it just sat a bit too high on the wrist, for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gawkrodger View Post
    Thanks for the website info.Plenty on there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dave+63 View Post
    Not to everyone's taste but my Kirium is only about 38mm.



    Also available with a black dial or in titanium with a carbon dial.
    Really unusual, very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by benny.c View Post
    A second hand Sinn 356. Job done.

    Beautiful.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gary1064 View Post
    If you can find an older 38mm Oris that would be comfortably in budget. Here's mine (6.75" wrist for reference):

    That's really nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark lowman View Post
    How vintage do you want it to be? I've bought a lovely Seiko Pogue of a gentleman from this site. Even allowing for TZ sales corner pricing you could easily obtain a lovely Pepsi Bezel Pogue for that money the Crowns are also hidden so it's substantial without being bulky. I love it. It's got lovely wrist presence and has more positive comments than any other watch I own.
    Alternatively the more military look Oris shown on this thread looks a goodun and will be more robust I'd guess. Don't think you need to keep to quartz on your budget unless the thought of servicing stresses you. I (naively?!?) don't worry about it so love buying vintage
    Will check the model out. I think you need to factor in servicing, if you go vintage.
    many thanks.

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    Many thanks to everyone for your suggestions, I've filled a page in my notebook with them all.
    Should keep me busy for a while!

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    Ebel 1911. List is well over 3k but you can usually find a good second hand one for the top end of your budget.


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    Quote Originally Posted by paule23 View Post
    Ebel 1911. List is well over 3k but you can usually find a good second hand one for the top end of your budget.


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    The list is growing!
    many thanks.

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    Ollech and Wajs Mirage 3.

    Or if possible a used vintage Sinn 103 (hand wind most likely)

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    Omega Dynamic?

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    If you are patient you can very occasionally find an omega triple date at that price point

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    Might be able to pickup a secondhand Junghans Max Bill Chrono for around your budget.
    Lovely watch :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by benny.c View Post
    A second hand Sinn 356. Job done.

    Well, it would be. If you could buy a used Sinn 356 for under 800.

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    Quote Originally Posted by giuliasuper View Post
    You can go on chrono24 and filter on case diameter, case material, etc. There are actually lots in this category. As the previous poster suggests, knowing your budget will help. Prices range from Tissot - > Breitling Trans Ocean -> Blancpain Leman -> Breguet XX to name a few. Cheers.
    Tissot, yes for the budget, the rest? Forget about it

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    Omega Dynamic?
    That's the baby there one on Chrono 24 all the way from Italy around 850 and we know our Italian friends can be very open to a haggle. Reckon he could pick one up for 800 and not regret it for a moment.

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    Longines Master Collection range worth looking at if you want more of a dress style watch. List prices for the chronographs start around 1,500 but I got an ex-display for 400 a couple of years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulligrub View Post
    I appreciate you advice. Any particular make?
    If you are going quartz and that would be my advice at this price point, there are plenty out there.


    I like the Oceanus range, they are very well made and are plenty tough enough to withstand day to day wear.

    Here is the Oceanus OCW-M700, slim and light being IP plated Titanium.
























    I also like the Citizen AS-4035 which is again titanium but DLC coated this time.































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    Quote Originally Posted by Mulligrub View Post
    Will check the model out. I think you need to factor in servicing, if you go vintage.
    many thanks.
    To be fair any automatic of any age needs servicing factoring in. On Service price a knocked around Seiko is going to be cheaper than a Zenith. However a good local repairer may well not charge any differential at all between the pair.
    I think where it gets trickier is if you buy a dead brand (Marvin, UG, Excelsior, Angelus etc. ) as then you are naturally ending up on restricted parts unless they slung in a standard valjoux or a Lemania movement in there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TakesALickin View Post
    Well, it would be. If you could buy a used Sinn 356 for under 800.
    They do come up on SC for around that although they aren't anywhere near as common as they used to be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    Omega Dynamic?
    Very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hafle View Post
    If you are patient you can very occasionally find an omega triple date at that price point
    Will check it out thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark lowman View Post
    That's the baby there one on Chrono 24 all the way from Italy around 850 and we know our Italian friends can be very open to a haggle. Reckon he could pick one up for 800 and not regret it for a moment.
    Looks very nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Valkyrie View Post
    Longines Master Collection range worth looking at if you want more of a dress style watch. List prices for the chronographs start around 1,500 but I got an ex-display for 400 a couple of years ago.
    Thanks will check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mitch View Post
    If you are going quartz and that would be my advice at this price point, there are plenty out there.


    I like the Oceanus range, they are very well made and are plenty tough enough to withstand day to day wear.

    Here is the Oceanus OCW-M700, slim and light being IP plated Titanium.








    Thanks, I've put it in my notebook!















    I also like the Citizen AS-4035 which is again titanium but DLC coated this time.































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    Quote Originally Posted by benny.c View Post
    They do come up on SC for around that although they aren't anywhere near as common as they used to be.
    Well, I've owned two these and sort of watch the prices on them. The lowest price on Watch Recon in the last four months is 874. It's a great watch, but if you find one that's not a basket case for 800, by all means buy it.

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    there is a rather nice Wyler on watchrecon at the moment...

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/wyl...h-3601618.html

    dont know anything about the seller or watch but if it is all good it could be a bit of a steal for 400euros.

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    A Tag Link maybe

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerworrier View Post
    there is a rather nice Wyler on watchrecon at the moment...

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/wyl...h-3601618.html

    dont know anything about the seller or watch but if it is all good it could be a bit of a steal for 400euros.
    Looks very Sinn like. Very nice. Thank you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerworrier View Post
    there is a rather nice Wyler on watchrecon at the moment...

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f29/wyl...h-3601618.html

    dont know anything about the seller or watch but if it is all good it could be a bit of a steal for 400euros.
    Pics are gone now, did the OP get it?
    Very curious as to what it looked like ...best regards,
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    Last edited by Plume; 8th October 2016 at 12:26.

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    photo credited to Rehault69 on WUS.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carlton-Browne View Post
    Omega Dynamic?
    such a lovely watch destroyed by that stupid number font (cant remeber name of it), which also chops through those lovely sized sub dials.

    I would buy this watch in a heartbeat if it just had markers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerworrier View Post


    photo credited to Rehault69 on WUS.
    Looks real good, so does the dynamic.

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    That is an interesting watch!

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