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    Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    Forgive me if this has been covered elsewhere; I have done several searches to no avail. From lurking on the forums for the last year or so, I've finally decided to save up for my first "big boy" watch - a mechanical Pilot's chronograph. I am most drawn to the traditional German fleiger stylings - particularly the:

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    or Sinn 356
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    I believe all of these chronos feature the Val. 7750 movement (as do most all of the quality mechanical chronos out there), which is seemingly the most rock-steady auto chrono movement out there.

    But I am wondering if there is a quality hand-wind chronograph out there that looks something along the lines of these pictured above. Nothing against automatics, but they don't seem to have the maintenance-free reputation of hand-winds. Also, since it will be more of a weekend watch for me (I work in a shop most days), I will have to wind it up no matter what.

    If an automatic chrono is the only option, then I will go that way, but if there are other options, I would like to check them out.

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    If you're interested in a vintage styled watch, check out the Seagull 1963 reissue. It's a hand wound military chrono and you can find it for around $200 - you might consider buying it while saving up for something like the Sinn you mentioned.
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    Re: Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by BarrioWilly View Post
    hand-wind chronograph
    These two movements (Poljot3133 and Valjoux 7734) are chronograph manual wind

    http://forums.watchuseek.com/f54/poljot-3133-vs-valjoux-7734-lysanderxii-224306.html

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    Re: Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    If you would consider a Poljot 3133, you can buy one brand new for around 500. I love mine. Got it LNIB for 275 dollars. It is insanely nice for that price. I will post pics later.
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    Re: Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    I'm not really interested in going the Chinese or Russian route with this watch, if I was, I would probably go the way of the Ticino chronograph reviewed here:
    Ticino Vintage Pilot Chronograph

    Is this "Sea-Gull TY2903" based off a Swiss movement?

    I much prefer the look of 3 sub-dials on chronographs (especially in the 6, 9, and 12 positions), so I've veered away from the 3133 movements. I'd like to stick with a German/Swiss made watch, but like the idea of a manual hand-wind, a (theoretically) thinner case, and less-finicky movement.

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    Re: Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    An impeccable choice ... though I consider the Sinn 103 the more classical Sinn aviation chrono than the 356/358. Steinhart could be added - similar to the Archimede, and Stowa have a nice subdued chronograpgh, too, which is somewhat more imaginative and unique than the others.
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    Re: Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    Is this "Sea-Gull TY2903" based off a Swiss movement?
    Yes Tianjin watch factory (now called sea-gull) bought the rights an machinery for the Venus 175 back in the 60's to make watches for government pilots(in China at the time that was all pilots) Seagull (slightly) updated the movement and restarted production in the 2000's. It is essentially a vintage swiss coulmn wheel chronograph made in china.

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    Re: Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    Another similair looking watch from Steinhart. Very decent Swiss watches, I own a Aviator GMT and I'm still in the race to buy this one:
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    Yes it's an automatic 7750....
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    Re: Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    While not a traditional fleiger, but it did go to the moon, the Omega Speedmaster is known for it's handwind movement.
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    Re: Manual/Hand wind Chronograph

    Sinn had a handwind model of the 103 a few years back, with a 7760?
    Found a photo on the web:
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