My favorite $2k Chronographs

I love me some Chronos but their prices can escalate quickly. By using venerated valjoux derivatives, these Chronos are high on design and low on coin.

What's your favorite everyday Chrono?

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Zeppelin has some nice one’s….but any chronograph is awesome! I’ve got an EA one that is amazing for a fashion watch! Actually, now that I think about it, most of my fashion watches are chronographs!

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Maverick5070

Zeppelin has some nice one’s….but any chronograph is awesome! I’ve got an EA one that is amazing for a fashion watch! Actually, now that I think about it, most of my fashion watches are chronographs!

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Love that early 20th century design

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The only fault that I can find with the video (who am I to say which watch you should like more) is your History category on the Crunch Score. I just can't see how Hamilton ranks lower than Junghans.

Hamilton was making watches decades earlier than Junghans, although Junghans was the older company. Hamilton was instrumental in the development of battery powered watches. Their designs were every bit as iconic as anything produced by Junghans (Ventura anyone?). Further, they produced elegant mid-century three handers that spoke the same "form follows function" language that Gropius made famous (that Louis Sullivan may have coined decades earlier):

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(Photo from The Hamilton Chronicles, a 1954 Parker.)

Max Bill's most famous design was actually a kitchen clock that he created in 1956. There was something in the air.

The American version of Hamilton certainly and the Swiss version arguably are more important in the history of watches than Junghans. I therefore dissent.

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Thanks, Max. Learned a lot. And thanks for setting up the Portland meetup. It was fun and good to meet you there.

Of these two, I prefer the Hamilton's classic style.

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Aurelian

The only fault that I can find with the video (who am I to say which watch you should like more) is your History category on the Crunch Score. I just can't see how Hamilton ranks lower than Junghans.

Hamilton was making watches decades earlier than Junghans, although Junghans was the older company. Hamilton was instrumental in the development of battery powered watches. Their designs were every bit as iconic as anything produced by Junghans (Ventura anyone?). Further, they produced elegant mid-century three handers that spoke the same "form follows function" language that Gropius made famous (that Louis Sullivan may have coined decades earlier):

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(Photo from The Hamilton Chronicles, a 1954 Parker.)

Max Bill's most famous design was actually a kitchen clock that he created in 1956. There was something in the air.

The American version of Hamilton certainly and the Swiss version arguably are more important in the history of watches than Junghans. I therefore dissent.

Love Hamilton but their American lineage ended decades ago.

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pdxwatch1

Thanks, Max. Learned a lot. And thanks for setting up the Portland meetup. It was fun and good to meet you there.

Of these two, I prefer the Hamilton's classic style.

Great to meet ya!

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Max

Love Hamilton but their American lineage ended decades ago.

It's not like they went dark. They purchased Buren in the early 60's and then moved operations to Buren's factory in 1969. There is a continuous line, if you want to follow it.

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Aurelian

It's not like they went dark. They purchased Buren in the early 60's and then moved operations to Buren's factory in 1969. There is a continuous line, if you want to follow it.

That's why I generously gave them an 8.5/10 😉

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Max

That's why I generously gave them an 8.5/10 😉

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I'm going to get absolutely slaughtered for this but I stand by it: The Junghans is a snoozefest "for me". I cant spend a penny over $500 on a watch with (basically) a printed dial. I'm not a Hamilton fanboy but at least its got applied indices, a splash of color & some character.

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Rich_P

I'm going to get absolutely slaughtered for this but I stand by it: The Junghans is a snoozefest "for me". I cant spend a penny over $500 on a watch with (basically) a printed dial. I'm not a Hamilton fanboy but at least its got applied indices, a splash of color & some character.

...Reaches for my butcher knife

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I'm planningto purchase this:

Limes

Pharo Chronograph Vollkalender (full Kalendar).

Limes is a small german brand located in watch and gems industry city of Pforzheim and belongs to the Ickler company. An important manufacturer of watch parts. They using the Caliber ETA 7551. Same as the Longines in their Master Chronograph Calendar.

Almost everything else is inhouse manufactured. From the bracelet and case to the thermal blued hands.

For less than 3K with a better spezification and more detailed work on the case, dial, hands and bracelet. It's a wonderfull high quality crafted watch and can't wait for.

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By the way.

I love the Junghans Chronoscope too.

But I would also love to see more than only the Max Bill line. Junghans has much more to offer.

Cheers

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I think I would (and hopefully will) go with the Longines Record Chronograph.

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Uhrologe

I'm planningto purchase this:

Limes

Pharo Chronograph Vollkalender (full Kalendar).

Limes is a small german brand located in watch and gems industry city of Pforzheim and belongs to the Ickler company. An important manufacturer of watch parts. They using the Caliber ETA 7551. Same as the Longines in their Master Chronograph Calendar.

Almost everything else is inhouse manufactured. From the bracelet and case to the thermal blued hands.

For less than 3K with a better spezification and more detailed work on the case, dial, hands and bracelet. It's a wonderfull high quality crafted watch and can't wait for.

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By the way.

I love the Junghans Chronoscope too.

But I would also love to see more than only the Max Bill line. Junghans has much more to offer.

Cheers

Wow that's some great finishing for 3k !

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Bauhaus, for the win. I like the style so much I've incorporated it into my home and office. And yes I own a Chronoscope as well. 😜