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:
or Sinn 356
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.