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    Iconic non-European Chronograph?

    My sub-collection of non-European watches, needs a chronograph watch. Any ideas?

    I've already got quite a few Seikos in the sub-collection, so extra points for non-Seiko recommendations!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KingQuartz View Post
    My sub-collection of non-European watches, needs a chronograph watch. Any ideas?

    I've already got quite a few Seikos in the sub-collection, so extra points for non-Seiko recommendations!
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    Re: Iconic non-European Chronograph?

    +1 for seagull!!!

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    Re: Iconic non-European Chronograph?

    Not sure if we can call the SeaGull iconic but, the 6139-60XX certainly are.
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    Re: Iconic non-European Chronograph?

    Is vintage okay? I have two Seiko’s with the 7016 movement that I love. But if you’re looking non-Seiko I recently learned of the Citizen with the 8110 movement. These offer a lot of features for the cost: vertical clutch, column wheel, Flyback, automatic, quickset day and date...
    As for contemporary or new non-European, all I can think of is the Seagull already mentioned. I love chronographs but I admit outside the Seagull and Grand Seiko, I don’t know much about non-European examples.
    I hope to learn from the responses here!
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    Re: Iconic non-European Chronograph?

    +1 on the Citizen 8110A & 8100a movements. Seiko was 1st out of the gate w/the 6139, but Citizen was able to follow up w/improvements & innovations of their own (& in a smaller package).

    A good article can be found on the Sweephand blog: https://sweep-hand.org/citizens-vintage-chronographs/ .

    Quote Originally Posted by Time Exposure View Post
    Is vintage okay? I have two Seiko’s with the 7016 movement that I love. But if you’re looking non-Seiko I recently learned of the Citizen with the 8110 movement. These offer a lot of features for the cost: vertical clutch, column wheel, Flyback, automatic, quickset day and date...
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    Re: Iconic non-European Chronograph?

    OP, are you counting vintage Soviet-era watches as European?

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    Does Hamilton count? I think they were founded in the US. If so, in my opinion, the Intramatic Chronograph is fairly iconic.

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    Re: Iconic non-European Chronograph?

    Strela 'lost in space'. Strela as a brand has ties to the Russian space exploration efforts from the 50s and 60s. This watch in particular is a reinterpretation of the watch worn during the very first spacewalk in the 60s

    Now the question is, do you consider Russian watches as non-european? The second consideration is the movement which is a functional but unexciting Seiko meca Quartz. It certainly looks pretty and has an interesting backstory. If you consider it iconic is something you will have to decide for yourself.

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    Re: Iconic non-European Chronograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Glencoe View Post
    Does Hamilton count? I think they were founded in the US. If so, in my opinion, the Intramatic Chronograph is fairly iconic.
    Was thinking the same thing. Either Russian or American Chronographs could make for a nice addition.

    I wonder though, outside of Europe, Russian, China, Japan and the US if there are any other noteworthy brands with iconic chronographs?

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