As I begin again to collect Swiss automatic chronographs (of the "budget" or "value" range), I find myself wondering about two brands: JeanRichard and Hamilton.
I began with Hamilton examples that have a Valjoux/ETA 7750 or 7753. It's a durable and reliable movement capable of excellent accuracy. It is an integrated chronograph. And it is built to economy.
Lately, thanks to a recent sale at a grey market online retailer, I have acquired examples of the JeanRichard Aeroscope chronographs. These have Sellita-base time keepers with a Dubois-Depraz chronograph module riveted to them. It is not an integrated design, but the DD module has a reputation for having a very good build quality. The case of the JR watch is also admired as having a very good build quality and design.
Aside from the subjective factor of style, how would you compare Hamilton to JeanRichard? Which has the better movement and why is it better? Is the case of one superior to the other? How?
For the same price, which would you chose (and style must be a factor here)? Does the variety of Hamilton styles trump the singular style of the JR?