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    Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    Hello everyone!

    I have been looking for a nice Swiss watch and ended up finding the WUS forum. You guys have a great forum here and I have spent the past month pouring over threads trying to learn as much as I can. I think I have really began to narrow down my list of potential watches and decided to ask for some opinions/advice with one of the dreaded "which watch" threads.

    I started out looking for something sporty that could still be dressed up. More often than not, I am in jeans and a polo but do occasionally put on a suit. As you can see, I am looking for a chronograph and would like something in the 40mm-44mm range (7" wrist). I have put my budget at $1k-$1.5k (maybe $2k) for this purchase and have been mainly looking at pre-owned. I don't know a lot about movements yet and am not concerned if it's an in house movement or not. But, I am definitely not interested in a quartz movement.


    I initially fell in love with the JLC Master Compressor chronographs and started looking for similar style watches at a lower price point. This eventually led me to the Longines admiral chrono. I was able to find one offered through a private seller within my price range. I have contacted the seller with some questions and requested more photos of the watch to better determine the quality and authenticity. This watch comes with box, papers, purchase receipt and a Swiss Kubik watch winder.
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    Longines Admiral Chronograph



    After finding the Admiral, I began diving into the Longines brand more. That is when I found this beauty. This Saint Imier chrono is available from a reputable dealer, is in great condition and includes box and papers. I love the looks of this watch but enjoy the small splash of color that you find on the other two watches. I think this could be a very versatile piece that I could wear all the time with different straps or the bracelet.
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    Longines Saint Imier Chronograph


    The capeland has been on my list of potential watches for quite a while. I think it's a great looking watch from a well known brand but I'm not sure how I feel about the pushers. I would definitely go with the 42mm version of this watch because I feel like the watch may wear a bit big. This is one I may have to track down and see in person to truly decide how much I like it.
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    Baume & Mercier Capeland Chronograph



    I hope to get some good feedback on these watches and am certainly open to other suggestions. Thanks for all your help and I'm looking forward to hearing your thoughts.

    Also, to all the people that are going to suggest a Speedmaster... I love the speedy and spent quite a bit of time looking at them. Unfortunately, I have not been able to find one of the 42mm versions within my price range and do not want to settle for one of the smaller ones. I plan on buying many more watches in the years to come and would rather wait and get the Speedmaster I want.

    -Aaron
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    Re: Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    Do you really need a chrono?

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    Re: Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    Do you really need a chrono?
    No, I don't really need a chrono

    I picked out watches that I like. I don't really even need a new watch.
    But I want a new watch so, I'm gonna buy one. And guess what.... It's gonna have a chrono
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    Re: Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    You want a chrono, you should get a chrono.

    Both the Longines and the B&M you show, like a swarm of others, seem to use the ubiquitous Valjoux 7750 movement. It's a workhorse movement. All the VSA chorines use it and you can get one of those for about 1/2 the cost, if you are pleased with the appearance of the watch. Paramount is you like the piece you are wearing.


    Some VSA's, these can be had for $7-900, NOS, lot's of other VSA models like the Airbus's and dozens of other makers using the same 7750 platform. Seems like you want something with a clean bezel, understated? Tell us more...

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    Re: Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    Some VSA's, these can be had for $7-900, NOS, lot's of other VSA models like the Airbus's and dozens of other makers using the same 7750 platform. Seems like you want something with a clean bezel, understated? Tell us more...

    Rob, thanks for the helpful post, those are some nice looking watches. Yes, I guess I do like a clean bezel. I landed on the Longines and B&M because they were both brands that I was familiar with and seemed to be good quality for the money. I realize that pretty much anything in my pricerange will have an ETA movement in it, and that is fine. I think I'm leaning more towards the two Longines right now with the Capeland in 3rd.

    I'm kind of torn between the two Longines tough. I really like the style of the Admiral and it is a good representation of what I initially set out to find. Although, I have not really been able to find a lot of info on this particular model. I really like the Saint Imier and feel like I might be getting a better quality watch for the money as well as a more interesting ETA movement that has the column wheel chronograph.

    I definitely see myself picking up another watch or two next year to expand my collection. I would also not be surprised if I end up selling this watch down the road to upgrade to something nicer.

    Thanks,
    Aaron
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    Re: Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    I am going to suggest the Tissot PRC200 auto chrono. It's an excellent watch that gets you a Swiss automatic chronograph well under your budget. You could buy all the straps available for the model or put the extra money towards your speedy. Comes on steel, rubber or leather with or without red accents. A big bonus to me is the 200m wr. Hamilton as well has many great options if you are looking for something dresser or military inspired. Both are Swatch brands the same as Longines.
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    Re: Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    I have had two Longines 3/4 handers, and while they are of a great quality, my B&M Capeland Chrono tops them in both fit and finish, and design (IMO).

    That being said, I believe most Longines chronos use their column wheel chronograph movement, which is a major selling point for some and is potentially preferable to the 7753 in the B&M. Their designs are great and they are no doubt great watches.

    I like the Capeland, St Imier, and Admiral in that order. Good luck.

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    Re: Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by joseph80 View Post
    I am going to suggest the Tissot PRC200 auto chrono. It's an excellent watch that gets you a Swiss automatic chronograph well under your budget.
    Thanks for the reply. I've seen Tissot in some of the local stores here but don't know too much about the brand. I'll check it out.

    Quote Originally Posted by furrygoat View Post
    I have had two Longines 3/4 handers, and while they are of a great quality, my B&M Capeland Chrono tops them in both fit and finish, and design (IMO).

    That being said, I believe most Longines chronos use their column wheel chronograph movement, which is a major selling point for some and is potentially preferable to the 7753 in the B&M. Their designs are great and they are no doubt great watches.

    I like the Capeland, St Imier, and Admiral in that order. Good luck.
    Thanks, it's good to hear that you like your Capeland. It's been on my list for a while. I need to see one of these in person, I feel like I'll either love it or hate it. Although, from what I've read it seems like everyone who has one seems to really like it.

    -Aaron

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    Sounds like you have a plan Aaron. Between the two Longines, the Imier is the dressier (if that can be said of any chrono) and the Admiral, much sportier with the red accents.

    Have fun the only piece of advice I will give is this. I'm relatively new to this also and in a short amount of time accumulated a fair amount of pieces in this price range. It will be tough to recoup the money to trade up but I bought pieces I liked enough that I wouldn't get tired of them if I couldn't move them. And never ignore the pre-owned market. More than anything I have ever collected (wines, firearms, tobacco pipes) these watch guys seem to flip stuff more than any. Well, maybe except wines....

    Let us know what you decide.

    Rob
    Quote Originally Posted by aaron_m View Post
    Rob, thanks for the helpful post, those are some nice looking watches. Yes, I guess I do like a clean bezel. I landed on the Longines and B&M because they were both brands that I was familiar with and seemed to be good quality for the money. I realize that pretty much anything in my pricerange will have an ETA movement in it, and that is fine. I think I'm leaning more towards the two Longines right now with the Capeland in 3rd.

    I'm kind of torn between the two Longines tough. I really like the style of the Admiral and it is a good representation of what I initially set out to find. Although, I have not really been able to find a lot of info on this particular model. I really like the Saint Imier and feel like I might be getting a better quality watch for the money as well as a more interesting ETA movement that has the column wheel chronograph.

    I definitely see myself picking up another watch or two next year to expand my collection. I would also not be surprised if I end up selling this watch down the road to upgrade to something nicer.

    Thanks,
    Aaron
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    Re: Another Help Me Pick Thread - Longines and B&M Chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    Sounds like you have a plan Aaron. Between the two Longines, the Imier is the dressier (if that can be said of any chrono) and the Admiral, much sportier with the red accents.
    Rob
    Yeah, I love the chunky look and red accents of the Admiral but the Imier is a great looking watch and might be more versatile. Perhaps the Capeland is a good compromise of the two. I don't know... I like them all.

    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    And never ignore the pre-owned market.
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    I'm pretty much just looking at pre-owned right now. There's a lot of great deals to be found out there.

    -Aaron

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