For some reason I just don’t get excited by chronos… what’s the charm?
More buttons lol
Actually a mechanical chrono Mvmt is an incredible piece but too expensive for me. Quartz Actually is more accurate so all my chronographs are Quartz. My favorite in my collection is my Lunar Pilot!
For me it's another way of measuring time and I love sub dials on the dial itself.
I personally like chronographs for several reasons, but one of the main reasons is that fact that it is one of the few complications that allow me to interact with the watch on a regular basis.
Not necessarily -- have you looked at pieces with the ST1901 movement? I was able to get ahold of my Phylida Homage to the Speedmaster Professional for under $175:
Just playing around with the pushers is one reason the other they are a fantastic mechanical device on the wrist
I just looked at Aliexpress and wow who thought an affordable mech chrono.
Darn it's out of stock. I'll have to put in the cart and wait for a restock. It does use a Chinese mvmt. I'm not against it just don't know much about it. I know the Seagull Mvmt is thier proven work horse. Is this the same mvmt? Thanks for the insight. I really appreciate it!
I’m the same way. No interest in them. Some look cool I guess - Tag Monaco, Zenith Tri-Color. Are you supposed to take it off to use the pushers?
Yep -- the ST in ST19 stands for Seagull Tianjin. It's really a 1940s designed Venus 175 movement. The Chinese bought the tooling from Venus in the 60's before they went under along with a license to build them.
Phylida does restock their pieces in dribs and drabs -- all I can say is keep an eye out. There is also always the more classic Seagull 1963 and its many assorted variations.
Just read an article regarding the mvmt. You're spot on. Thank you for your insight and help! Always learning
Interestingly, I always wanted a chronograph until I got one. Fortunately I didn't get a luxury one as I'd intended because I have found that not only do I have no need to time anything, but now I don't have a second hand which, for me, leaves a watch feeling cold. I could leave the timer hand running but don't really want to be that guy.
Many (most?) chronos have a subdial second hand. Not for you?
I think chronographs are iconically sporty looking, like a leather jacket.
Up until 15 years ago, they were also incredibly useful for anyone cooking or competing. Now anyone can pull out their phone…but that’s not really important to enthusiasts, as the phone also replaces the standard three-hander.
The complication of a chronograph is very difficult to build. It can, and often does look beautiful. The pushers are interactive fidget toys.
What’s not to like?
Personally I disliked them myself for quite a while. They seemed busy, but I still appreciated that they were beautiful and incredibly complex.
I kind of just grew into liking them. First, the speedmaster, then the Blancpain Air Command. I have the budget version, the Hemel Air League.
When done right, nailing the proportions on a chronograph is a beautiful thing, and having more parts to mess up makes successes all the more evident!
Nah. One is the minute timer and other is a pretty useless 24 hour indicator.
Chronos are steeped in heritage and when they were released were an achievement in microengineering. To me, it is that extra complication that makes them appealing. Also, I enjoy the looks of the extra registers.
I can give you a dozen examples off the top of my head of chronographs with a second hand:
Speedmaster, Big Eye, Navitimer, PRX…