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    Looking for a daily wearer chronograph

    So I'm planning on purchasing my first nice watch in a few months, and looking for some suggestions on brands to research to broaden my search. My budget is around $1,500 and I am looking for a automatic chronograph that I can wear everyday. I dress casual for work (khakis and a polo) and wear short sleeves a majority of the time so I am looking for something less formal and pretty subtle style. In a perfect world I would buy my dream watch, Tag Heuer Carrera 1887 Chronograph with a white face and steel bracelet (model CAR2111.BA0720), but it is way over my price range.


    I want a watch around 41 mm (I have a 7 inch wrist) that is relatively thin (going to be tough to find in my price range). Other watches I like are the Longines column-wheel chronograph (L2.733.4.72.2) but want a steel bracelet, the Longines Master Collection chronograph (L2.629.4.78.6) but would prefer it without the arabic numbers, and the Hamilton Thinline Chrono (H38612153) but want an auto. My knowledge on brands is clearly limited, so do you guys have any suggestions on other watches I should look at in a similar style. Thanks for the help.

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    Re: Looking for a daily wearer chronograph


    Hamilton Men's H32616153 Jazzmaster Chronograph Watch

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    Re: Looking for a daily wearer chronograph

    Welcome, Andrew. The closest look to the Tag that I can think of off the top of my head, and in your budget, is the Hamilton Jazzmaster Chrono. It seems to fit your criteria well. Also, since your perfect watch is the Tag Carrera, and you already are almost halfway there with your $1500 budget (assuming an AD discount or grey market buy), have you considered putting off your purchase a little longer. Maybe you can save the funds and afford that Tag you really want, rather than getting a less expensive (although not cheap at $1500, substitute). Alot of people around here, myself included, have come up against this same type of situation, and sometimes the substitute just does not fill the void.

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    Re: Looking for a daily wearer chronograph

    Guinand (a company taken over by Helmut Sinn) Series 40:


    Look at that rose gold plating!

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    Or, a Series 60?
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    Re: Looking for a daily wearer chronograph

    I noticed you said you didn't want the Longines due to the arabic numbers, but I feel that the Stowa 1938 Chronograph is a worthy mention even with the arabic numbers. It is a gorgeous watch and it'd look great dressed up, or dressed down.

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    Hi and welcome. Some other good brands to research are Laco, Tissot, Hamilton, Christopher Ward and Seiko.

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    Re: Looking for a daily wearer chronograph

    Have you checked out Steinhart? Best bang for your buck!

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    Re: Looking for a daily wearer chronograph

    Go to Amazon.com and enter your budget and narrow down your options to automatic cronographs and you´ll get a pretty good "feel" of what your options are. Most chronos are very thick no matter the price point and usually they come with leather straps though. But, there is a plethora of Valjoux7750 chronos out there so you´ll have fun looking around.

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    Re: Looking for a daily wearer chronograph

    It's difficult to find automatic chronograph (ETA7750) under 1,500$). As I know there are 2 watches : Tissot Le Locle and Hamilton Jazzmaster
    If you increase budget to 1,800 you can get Mido Multifort Chronograph. This one is pretty nice and high quality with reasonable price.
    But if you budget to 2,000 to 2,500, you can get many model i.e. Maurice Lacroix - Les Classique Chronographe etc.
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    Re: Looking for a daily wearer chronograph

    The Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono (in 44mm vertical or 42mm side-by-side) is probably your best bet. Anything with the Valjoux 7750 movement is going to be a great watch to own; I now have three watches with that movement, and it's one of my favorite movements. It's got this heavy rotor and loud tick, and it's very accurate out of the box. Love it; you can't go wrong with a watch with a Valjoux 7750.
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