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    Vintage Chrono advice?

    I would like to break into Swiss chrono's. but my budget is limited and am wondering if there are any values to be had in the vintage category.

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    Re: Vintage Chrono advice?

    Affording a vintage chrono is one thing, keeping it running is another. They're complicated movements, not especially known for reliability, and are fairly expensive to have serviced and repaired. There are some good ones out there, but I recommend waiting until you have plenty of cash to get a good one and get it serviced properly.

    EDIT: What's your budget, exactly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oak1971 View Post
    I would like to break into Swiss chrono's. but my budget is limited and am wondering if there are any values to be had in the vintage category.
    They're all nice and good and great value. I would say: look for a Valjoux. Like a Valjoux 72 or Valjoux 92 from an unknown brand, excellent value. True column-wheel chronographs, they're about the best quality there is. Alternatively a Venus powered chronograph. Or a Valjoux 7733-34 from the seventies, no column-wheel, yet still very reliable. Or for an even smaller budget, a Landeron chronograph (no column-wheel) but nice.
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    Re: Vintage Chrono advice?

    Quote Originally Posted by StoppedClock View Post
    Affording a vintage chrono is one thing, keeping it running is another. They're complicated movements, not especially known for reliability, and are fairly expensive to have serviced and repaired. There are some good ones out there, but I recommend waiting until you have plenty of cash to get a good one and get it serviced properly.

    EDIT: What's your budget, exactly?
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    Re: Vintage Chrono advice?

    Yes, agree. Look for unknown brands with working movements... NEVER buy a fix up at the beginning stages of collecting. And realize at that price range it if looks too good it may be made up...

    The 'Bay has many swimming by...
    "Forever is composed of nows." - Emily Dickinson

    "The watch has to be surrounded by a history.
    You need more than just a great design. You need to create an atmosphere around the product.
    Who is the company behind it? Why are they using this material?
    People need to be able to identify the watch with themselves. It's based on emotion." - Ralph Furter

    ...that's just my opinion and I've been wrong before and will be again and might be now!

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