Which mechanical chronograph movements have a reputation for robustness and reliability?(Bonus points if you know of any "affordable/bang-for-buck" ones)

Hello everyone,

Like many people in this community I am on the more affordable end of this hobby(no shame in that! 馃檪 ) .

Unless anything major happens in the next 3-5 years I intent to put a little money aside each month to save up for a first(for me) mechanical chronograph.

It's been quite daunting I must admit looking into these kinds of watches, firstly the price-barrier is very high(In comparison with a three-hander etc), secondly: the servicing costs(varying between brands of course) can be astronomical and finally mechanical chronographs make up some of the most intricate and delicate watch movements.

This got me thinking - If I'm going to invest a lot of money in a chronograph then why not try to get one which has a reputation for robustness, reliability and durability.

Does anyone have any recommendations of which movements to look out for?(and perhaps which to avoid)

Many thanks

EDIT: The max I would be willing to spend would be around 拢2500 (think that's about $3000),

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For affordable mechanical chronographs, really your best bet is the Seagull ST-19 movement.

Seagull make their own watches, but personally, the style has never really struck a chord with me.

There are, however, a number of companies who case that movement in their own watch. The best example that comes to mind is the Lorier Gemini Chronograph. An absolute stunner of a timepiece! Check them out if you're not aware of them.

You might even be able to find a sweet deal on the secondary market, albeit they don't come up for sale often - which is a clue into their appeal in and of itself...

skxcellent

For affordable mechanical chronographs, really your best bet is the Seagull ST-19 movement.

Seagull make their own watches, but personally, the style has never really struck a chord with me.

There are, however, a number of companies who case that movement in their own watch. The best example that comes to mind is the Lorier Gemini Chronograph. An absolute stunner of a timepiece! Check them out if you're not aware of them.

You might even be able to find a sweet deal on the secondary market, albeit they don't come up for sale often - which is a clue into their appeal in and of itself...

Thanks for replying, unfortunately I've known a couple of people who had watches with that movements and had issues with them(they could have just been incredibly unlucky) so I must admit I have somewhat of an unconscious bias against them.

Any thing with a vajoux(spelling may be off) movement as long as rotar wobble dosent bother you

DancingWatch

Thanks for replying, unfortunately I've known a couple of people who had watches with that movements and had issues with them(they could have just been incredibly unlucky) so I must admit I have somewhat of an unconscious bias against them.

Absolutely! If you buy a Seagull from Ali then you pays your money and takes your chances... A coin toss at best. Too much of a gamble for me.

That's the difference with Lorier. The Ortega's take immense pride in their brand and timepieces. They test each and every movement before it goes out the door, and will help you should you have an issue.

Is it more expensive than an AliX Seagull or Surgess? Yes. Can't deny that. But what you're paying for is a far superior watch and a brand that stands by their timepieces. A bargain at twice the cost in my opinion (even if you need to save a bit more for it).

Food for thought!

LouisBucketHat

Any thing with a vajoux(spelling may be off) movement as long as rotar wobble dosent bother you

What's the issue with the rotor wobble?

skxcellent

Absolutely! If you buy a Seagull from Ali then you pays your money and takes your chances... A coin toss at best. Too much of a gamble for me.

That's the difference with Lorier. The Ortega's take immense pride in their brand and timepieces. They test each and every movement before it goes out the door, and will help you should you have an issue.

Is it more expensive than an AliX Seagull or Surgess? Yes. Can't deny that. But what you're paying for is a far superior watch and a brand that stands by their timepieces. A bargain at twice the cost in my opinion (even if you need to save a bit more for it).

Food for thought!

Thanks! that's good to know. Don't really know much about the brand(never seen a "Lorier" in the flesh). Will have a looksie!

DancingWatch

What's the issue with the rotor wobble?

Nothing it鈥檚 just unidirectional so there is a little wobble if you shake your wrist then rest it. I like the wearing experience personally

LouisBucketHat

Nothing it鈥檚 just unidirectional so there is a little wobble if you shake your wrist then rest it. I like the wearing experience personally

Ahhh, sounds comparable to me getting used to some of the "Miyota"'s noisy rotors? I could live with that 馃槃

Unfortunately as far as chronographs go you can only pick 2 of the 3 (mechanical, durable, affordable)

Waybe_6

Unfortunately as far as chronographs go you can only pick 2 of the 3 (mechanical, durable, affordable)

So.....durable and affordable ? 馃槢