Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?
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    Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

    Is there any affordables automatics on the markets? Like more affordable than Stowa 1938 Chronograph? I know that Revue Thommen has one older model but its subdials are too small to my taste. I like rather big subdials. And I know that Hamilton has Jazzmaster Auto Chrono models with bi-compax too, but I don't like the way they mix numerals and indexes in the same dial so it should be only numerals or indexes for me. And the size should be at least 40mm but it could be bigger too. And I would prefer silver, white/cream, light beige, light grey dial, maybe light blue too... I'm not into handwinders and real vintage but I could consider used models from 90s and ofcourse newer stuff.

    Here is the picture from Stowa 1938 Chronograph, it would be almost perfect but price is the issue at the moment for me... New Stowa costs 1700€ at the moment and there is hardly any used ones for sale anywhere.
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    Re: Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

    A number of watches that may interest you by searching Google for "IWC Portuguese alternatives"

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    Re: Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

    If you would be willing to buy a Russian watch - you could get a nice chronograph powered by the 3133 movement:



    If you like it, go look on the Russia sub-forum, there are many variations out there.
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    Re: Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

    You know you can be lucky if you're patient. I picked up a Stowa 38 to replace my IWC 5001 only a couple of weeks ago on this forum. It rocks ! And remember I'm comparing it to my outgoing Portuguese. Good Luck !


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    Re: Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

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    affordable automatics - only numerals or indexes for me. - size should be at least 40mm but it could be bigger too. And I would prefer silver, white/cream, - I'm not into handwinders
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    Re: Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

    Yes, I know the affordable vertical bi-compaxes very well but I'm looking now horizontal bi-compax watch, I forgot to say. Strela would be quite okay, but they are all manual winding?
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    Re: Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

    Longines Master Collection includes a couple of watches that may fit your requirements.



    This one is probably even more suited for you but I think it is no longer made:


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    Re: Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

    Quote Originally Posted by opt View Post
    Strela would be quite okay, but they are all manual winding?
    Yeah, unfortunately for you - that movement is a hand winder.

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    Re: Looking for rather new vintage style affordable automatic bi-compax chronograph...?

    Longines Master collection really has this one model which could be good alternative if I could find it used for good price. The price is too high for new one, and if I got the funds I would buy the Stowa anyway. But keep it coming guys...

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