Have been asked to recommend a low-priced (£500-£750) mechanical chronograph for a friend. I know the stock WIS answer is "second-hand Speedmaster" but he won't be interested in something used (it's to celebrate a new job - he wants new only). I have three or four in mind - Hamilton X-wind or Field chrono, Sinn 303, or one of the new Longines Sport Collection chronos. Hamiltons are available in only five locations across the whole of the UK and I've only ever handled a Jazzmaster, which seemed like great value for money. I know little about Sinn's watches (except for the ones they rebadged for B&R) and of their current range, the 303 seems the most conventional.
Can anyone comment on ownership of either of the Hamiltons or the 303, and would anyone have any info on pricing for the Longines? Thanks in advance.