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    Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    Hello everyone!
    i'm in love with the new Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue but it's way more watch than I can afford. I'm looking for a watch that has that style, or the style of the Hamilton Pan Europ. I also love the Steihart watch pictured below (which is closer to my price range) but have read way too many recent bad stories about their lack of quality control.

    Can anyone provide with recommendations of watches that I may not be familiar with? I prefer sapphire crystal and automatic movement but obviously I might not get either due to my price range (let's say $250-$700).
    The pics below will show the styles i'm interested in. I was looking on eBay for the Citizen Bullhead but it's hard to find ones in fantastic shape that aren't overpriced for a 1970s watch.

    All input is GREATLY appreciated!

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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    Finding an automatic chronograph at under $1000 is tough, even used. The Tudor Heritage chronograph is a fantastic watch, the Steinhart is the closest to it. The Steinhart is a good choice, and while I've heard a few things here and there, it seems that most people are genuinely satisfied by their experiences with them.

    I personally have a Pan Europ--it's a fantastic watch, really, truly lovely, and very well made. But it is big. 45mm across; even though it's a cushion case with a short lug to lug, it is still a large watch. I'm not sure whether that is a consideration for you or not.

    I'd look at a Seiko Speedtimer in blue. Get one, freshen up the crystal, get it serviced, and you'll be set. A decent one should cost about $200 or so, then with servicing, it'll be in budget.
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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    Under $1k is tough. I think your best bet is a used Pan Europ or another Hamilton or Longines model used.


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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    Pan Europ or another Hamilton or Longines model used.
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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    I posted this the other day in the bargains thread.

    Quote Originally Posted by Totoro66 View Post

    Hamilton Khaki Field Automatic Chronograph H71566553

    Ashford $649 Use code AFFCHRONO649



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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    Getting an auto chrono for your budget will be a little difficult so consider used or quartz.

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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    The budget is tough but the Pan Europ can be found on eBay for example at or under $1000.

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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    It has to be an automatic? You may have to look for a chronograph with a Japanese Miyota or Chinese Seagull automatic movement to fit your price point.

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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    You will need some luck with your price range. You might look at some quartz to see what is out there, there are some nice ones.
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    Re: Need help finding a sporty chronograph

    Quote Originally Posted by Squirrelly View Post
    It has to be an automatic? You may have to look for a chronograph with a Japanese Miyota or Chinese Seagull automatic movement to fit your price point.
    I'm not opposed to quartz at all. I know that i'll find a much better selection with quartz options, and would love to see what people recommend. I just prefer automatic but know quite well that I won't find much in my price range.

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