Okay my friends - I never saw the need for spending the extra money on a chronograph for functions I'd probably never use. However, two chronographs have recently captivated me to the point that one of them will become my post tax return purchase early next year. I still am not certain that I'll use the chrono function often, but I've already reconciled that.
The first is the Stowa 1938:
This the dress watch selection of my two choices. If my Flieger is any indication, the 1938 will be just as solidly built, and have the same qualities that drew me to Stowa in the First place. I am in love with the color combination - the bronze on black. I also love the open space for the date - the depth draws my gaze every time I look at the photos.
The movement is a well decorated ETA Valjoux 7753: As you can see, there are Geneve Stripes on the rotor with perlage and blued screws on/in the movement. The case diameter is 41mm and it's nearly 15mm high. My one (and only) concern is that this is a dress piece - though I am not worried about the robust nature of the Stowa, my concern is that I will only wear it to work and for dress. I don't know that I'd be likely to wear it in casual situations, when I have other watches that will fit the bill.
The other watch I've found is the Hamilton Pan Europ: Before I even continue, I would have to replace this strap. From the photos I've seen (regardless of history) it looks ridiculous to me, and does not appear to be of great quality (a concern that I would never have with the Stowa). I am in love with with the bezel, the blue color and the silver dials. Unlike some, I even love the shape of the case. However, like the Stowa, I am uncertain I could wear this in all situations - is it appropriate for the office? Can it be worn in a dress situation? Granted - aside from when I'm working, I am usually casual.
This watch has the ETA H31: It's a pretty nice looking movement, though certainly not as decorated as the Stowa. However, I love the Hamilton "H" pattern decoration. The H31 (which is based on the 773) has 60 hours of power reserve, while the 7753 has a 42 hour reserve.
So, these are the two that are moving me right now. I'm interested in seeing which one is more popular. I'm also interested to see what other suggestions you have in the same price range - approximately $2000. I am only interested in stainless steel cases, and no black straps please.