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    Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

    Hi all,

    I have a technical question regarding the durability of a chronograph movement vs. a 3-hander. In particular, I am inquiring about the shock resistance between the Speedmaster professional and the Seamaster 300 MC. I am looking for a one and only daily wearer. I'm not considering water resistance since I can live without taking the watch under water. I do work out quite a bit and would like to know which would stand up better.

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    Re: Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

    Personally I prefer simpler watch so I’d pick a three hander

    In my opinion: more complications = more components = more chance of s*** happens
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    Re: Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

    More complex movement = more potential things which could go wrong + higher service cost

    That said...MOST of the extra stuff in the Speedy isn't running ALL the time, and it DID pass some tests 55 years ago...

    BUT....I would not wear ANY mechanical watch to work out...ANY digital, even an inexpensive one, is vastly better suited for that type of use.

    FWIW, the Casio DW-5600 is also certified by NASA for space flight, and will be much lighter and more comfortable on your wrist than either of the two watches you asked about.

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    Re: Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

    Quote Originally Posted by Ron521 View Post
    More complex movement = more potential things which could go wrong + higher service cost

    That said...MOST of the extra stuff in the Speedy isn't running ALL the time, and it DID pass some tests 55 years ago...

    BUT....I would not wear ANY mechanical watch to work out...ANY digital, even an inexpensive one, is vastly better suited for that type of use.

    FWIW, the Casio DW-5600 is also certified by NASA for space flight, and will be much lighter and more comfortable on your wrist than either of the two watches you asked about.
    Agree, Workout watch = a quartz digital, preferably a G-Shock.
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    Re: Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

    You guys are caught up on me taking my watch to the gym. What if I told you that I used to work construction and wore a Longines 3 hander every day for 2 years. It is still ticking! Anything that will be encountered in the gym will be nothing compared to a jack-hammer or skilll saw. That said, I would take it off and put it in my shirt pocket for any heavy duty work.

    Back to the topic, granted that I will abuse it, will the master coaxial or 1861 hold up better?

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    Re: Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

    Either will outlast the period of time it takes to post your next “which watch” thread.
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    Re: Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

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    The answer is, nobody knows. While it makes sense that the chronograph is more fragile because it has more moving parts, i don’t think there’s much to back that assumption up

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    Re: Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

    The Speedy's movement is plenty rugged and resistant, but if you pick up a fancy watch, don't wear it while working out.

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    Re: Durability of chronograph movements vs 3-hand

    Cute corgi, I’d say the speedy is plenty resilient, i wear mine to the gym all the time and it’s totally fine. Probably been through 300 workouts and it’s been a-ok


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