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Old 06-01-2019, 04:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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while im on a kick of branching out a little from my usual watch fare, i have been thinking about getting a chronograph. An automatic seems a little out of my budget right now (especially after picking up the pair of Steinharts) so i was thinking of going quartz (auto chronos are expensive!) (one day though I WILL own a valjoux 7750 powered chrono!)
ive been looking at a few, but i have no experience with any of them.

Dan Henry (I like the 1964 on a bracelet)
Deep Blue Air Blue navigator. (nice engineer bracelet)
Seagull 1963 (not a quartz, i know....but i still like it)

im sure i have missed quite a few options so im open to suggestions.
definitely should fall under $500.
the air blue and dan henry are under $200, which is nice and the seagull is under $300.
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I can only comment on th Dan Henry 1964 as I owned one for a short while. It is a great looking watch the attention to detail is fabulous. I too preferred it on the bracelet but it also looks good on the supplied leather strap. Under the hood is a Seiko VK64 hybrid movement so you have a mechanical action for the chronograph and the accuracy of a quartz.
Also these are numbered limited editions.
It is a very close homage too, this may be a concern for some.
The only reason I sold it was because it looked too small on my 8 inch wrist.
The watch looks heavily based on the Omega below.


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Only heard and read good reports about the Seagull. Have you had a peep at Seiko and Citizen?
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I can only comment on th Dan Henry 1964 as I owned one for a short while. It is a great looking watch the attention to detail is fabulous. I too preferred it on the bracelet but it also looks good on the supplied leather strap. Under the hood is a Seiko VK64 hybrid movement so you have a mechanical action for the chronograph and the accuracy of a quartz.
Also these are numbered limited editions.
It is a very close homage too, this may be a concern for some.
The only reason I sold it was because it looked too small on my 8 inch wrist.
The watch looks heavily based on the Omega below.


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wow. did not know that about the dan henrys...i only recently discovered them while trolling ebay for affordable chronos and a few of them popped up. my wrists are just over 7 inches so i think the 38mm case should be fine.
so far, im somewhat favoring the dan, but the 42mm version of the seagull 1963 is also very tempting.

also, I recently found a few Tissot auto chronographs that were around the $500 mark so that might be an option, (not sure what movement tissot uses in those) as well as a few jacques lemans sporting a valjoux 7750 movement that are also sub $500.

i dunno...im going to keep looking a little while longer and see what else pops up. still a little undecided on how high i want to go on the budget...
the dan henry checks a lot of boxes for me and is hard to beat at under $200... and for $100 more the seagull also seems like a decent deal with its hand wind movement...i have seen a lot of very positive reviews on the reissue seagull 1963's.
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I have the Dan Henry auto 1970 and love it and can attest to their build quality so I’m assuming their other watches would be similar. My three quartz chronos are Filson Makinaw, Jack Mason Aviator Chrono and Toy Watch and they’re all very solid and well under $500 (Filson @ Sierra trading Post, join mailing list and you'll quickly get a 20/25% off offer)

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I can enthusiastically recommend the Seagull '63 reissue. The ST-19 movement is a modification of the highly regarded Venus calibre 175 column wheel chronograph. Fit and finish are better than the price would suggest. I've had mine for about 4 years and it has been a rock solid performer - of course I'm partial to straight-up mechanicals - but this one is a gem. .
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I can enthusiastically recommend the Seagull '63 reissue. The ST-19 movement is a modification of the highly regarded Venus calibre 175 column wheel chronograph. Fit and finish are better than the price would suggest. I've had mine for about 4 years and it has been a rock solid performer - of course I'm partial to straight-up mechanicals - but this one is a gem. .
I have the same movement in my TC9 Lunarscope so I am with you on the movements quality. Very happy with my Lunarscope...

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if still available, i may pull a few extra bucks and go look at a local Hamilton khaki automatic chronograph. its a reverse panda and has the H-21 movement, which i believe is a Hamilton modified ETA 7750(?)
definitely costing more than the dan henry or seagull, but it looks sharp and comes with two very thick leather straps (which I love as an alternative to a bracelet)

Im also giving some thought to ordering a Moto Koure meca quartz new. i do like the Straton, but the Straton Speciale in meca quartz is only available right now in one color and is $500...not sure if it is worth $150 more than the moto koure MK1. really liking the idea of a square chrono though...doubly different for me.

ah, decisions...
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WMedic:
Sometimes I don"t choose the Chrono. It chooses me.
If I find a sale watch, more than not it's a chrono.
Kinda/sorta just the way thing worked out.
Confession. Last time I used a chrono was when I was
a RR engr. If speed recorder (aka speedometer) had died
enroute I could use the Chrono. For example: If chrono
read 60 secs in a measure mile I was going 60 mph. If
I ran a train a mile in 01 mins and 12 Secs? 50mph.
01 and 40 secs 45 mph. Savvy?

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Actually sounds like each, and every one of those would fit the bill
when you think about it WM !

Stumbled on these nice Citizens to add to your list that seem both
reasonable, and cool looking too for you to add to the list...




















Saw these over at Jomashop by the way...

https://www.jomashop.com/citizen.html
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wow. those last two dials are super busy...
like the blue angels.
really liked the 3 with the rally straps and tachy dials.
definitely a few to consider on that list.
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wow. those last two dials are super busy...
like the blue angels.
really liked the 3 with the rally straps and tachy dials.
definitely a few to consider on that list.

So many watches so little time right WatchMedic?!

Really glad that you liked them, and hope you really enjoy the hunt !
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So many watches so little time right WatchMedic?!

Really glad that you liked them, and hope you really enjoy the hunt !
im not in any rush.. bought a bunch of watches recently so i could probably use a break. im keeping an eye out in all the usual places. something will catch my eye at the right price sooner or later.
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im not in any rush.. bought a bunch of watches recently so i could probably use a break. im keeping an eye out in all the usual places. something will catch my eye at the right price sooner or later.

That is such a great mindset WM. ..Just sit back, and enjoy, and if
something eventually reveals itself down the road, then that's great.
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Anyone have any experience with victorinox/swiss army as a brand? Considering 43mm chrono with a valjoux 7753 movement.


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Anyone have any experience with victorinox/swiss army as a brand? Considering 43mm chrono with a valjoux 7753 movement.


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I have a quartz chronograph WM, and it's terrific, but can imagine that
that one you are looking at would be extra impressive ! Then on
top of it all you have the 7753 there inside. Honestly am no VSA expert,
but that one you are looking at sounds like a real winner !
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narrowing the field a bit...
got my eye on a few options right now..

keeping an eye on a few Zodiac quartz chronos. very traditional chrono look. nice and clean. price is good. comes on a very nice SS bracelet, which is always my preference. just the right size at 41mm.



also considering a Straton curve. also quartz.

has a bit of a different look to it, but no bracelet.



i really wish i could get a response back from moto koure. i would love to order one of their MKI meca-quartz watches, but i get no response when i message them on their website, OR their facebook page so im reluctant to order from them.
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Anyone have any experience with victorinox/swiss army as a brand? Considering 43mm chrono with a valjoux 7753 movement.


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I had a quartz Swiss Army Officers as my daily wear for 20 years before I started collecting and switching around. Had to change batteries every 3-5 years, but always ran perfectly.
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narrowing the field a bit...
got my eye on a few options right now..

keeping an eye on a few Zodiac quartz chronos. very traditional chrono look. nice and clean. price is good. comes on a very nice SS bracelet, which is always my preference. just the right size at 41mm.



also considering a Straton curve. also quartz.

has a bit of a different look to it, but no bracelet.



i really wish i could get a response back from moto koure. i would love to order one of their MKI meca-quartz watches, but i get no response when i message them on their website, OR their facebook page so im reluctant to order from them.

Oh wow, just looked at some of Moto Koure's watches thanks to your
post here WM. ..They do look really nice actually, and very different.
But that is upsetting that you can't get in contact.

Although the Straton Curve is amazing as well, and also has a meca-
quartz movement, or even automatic option. ..The designs are really
something, and nearly look vintage at first glance, but have a cutting
edge vibe also.

No matter what watch you end up with down the road. It's ridiculously
fun having you take us along on the adventure to find your next watch !
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[QUOTE=AtomicTom ...



Although the Straton Curve is amazing as well, and also has a meca-

quartz movement, or even automatic option. ..The designs are really

something, and nearly look vintage at first glance, but have a cutting

edge vibe also....

[/QUOTE]

I second the Straton Tom!
Love mine. I have a Gavox, 2 Drydens and a few other micro brand chronos as well.
They're out there, just gotta do some diggin!




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