I have over the course of the past year begun a collection of vintage watches, such as my 1940s 'Limit III' and 1980s SLAVA. For each of these pieces, I have been lucky to acquire them quite cheaply off eBay, ranging from £15-60, so I understand that they are not horological gems. Looking at my collection from afar, I have come to the conclusion that I want a chronograph, a vintage chrono of sorts. I just want to ask about their reliability:
• Does a chronograph complication greatly increase the risk of faults/problems emerging? I know with a simple manual wind w/o complications there is *relatively* little to go wrong.
• Is it reasonable to expect to buy a vintage (hopefully 1940s-1980s) chronograph at a low price point (i.e. £30-60) and expect it to work well?
• Is this a futile and foolish search? I could always wait 15 years after I finish my education and get a job to save for a nice 1950s Strela 3133
Thanks for your time and efforts. I hope these questions are not already answered elsewhere.