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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    I'm a fan of both brands, but have a number of Hamiltons -- they were my first love and I continue to appreciate any number of things they do: price/value, respect for the history in some of their Timeless Classic and Khaki lines, willingness to try new designs (even if many don't work for me) etc. My only current Longines was my Grandfather's. There is a lot from Longines that I very much like but most of my favorites are at price points I don't spend a lot of time in.

    All that being said, I'll pick the Longines. I'm a big fan of the classic 7750 layout, but I agree that this particular model has too much lettering on the dial. It clutters it to a point that readability starts to suffer.

    I think you can find something fairly equivalent to the Longines for less, but I'm never sure how I feel about not having a second hand, and I don't think the Hamilton branding really balances the day/date.

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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    I prefer the aesthetics and cleaner dial of the Hamilton. I also am feeling the gold hands and numerals, despite the fact I generally am not a fan of gold on a watch. It would be helpful to see both in the metal to get a better sense of the level of finish. However, based on the what I can see here, I would prefer the Hamilton straight up, and clearly prefer it for less money.
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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    IWC Portugese looks at that price point!

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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    mine says hi
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    at the same time, it is more a sentimental piece as its a 'bought with gf piece'
    it wears large, and is quite beefy, the strap is very stiff as mentioned
    lacks a running seconds (but i find that quite liberating)
    and the subdials cut out the numbers (peeve?)

    the plus side, it has a high power reserve, very efficient winding, the gold is pretty, i have had it mistaken for a IWC portugese often (good or bad??)
    the day/date setting is done via the crown thru different directions, i like applied indices, and there IS lume on the hands
    not that noisy for a base 7750 either
    and can be had a for a good price

    would i buy it again? yes (at a good discount of course)


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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    I very rarely vote against Hamilton, but I really like 1954. I think there's a pretty significant size difference, isn't there? I remember the Maestro being 45mm and the 1954 being 40mm.
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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    just FYI regarding price, the Longines sells for $1800, the Hamilton sells for around $1300 longines is 40mm, hamilton has a version that is 41mm

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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    I just made it 8-7 to Longines

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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    The Longines has that "history" and it is a beautiful watch.
    The Hamilton has a history too,but not like the Longines....And I think it has a much friendlier dial.
    I'm glad I don't have to choose....For that reason I won't vote.
    But Good luck, on whichever you buy.
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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    If you find the Longines dial a little too cluttered, there's always the Heritage 1951 (exactly the same price) to take into consideration:

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    There is a white dial version.
    Good luck.

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    Re: Hamilton maestro auto chrono Vs Longines heritage 1954

    Hamilton for me.
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