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Chrongraph dilemma: Breitling/Omega/TAG

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Geezer, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. Geezer

    Geezer Senior member

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    Advice greatly welcomed.

    Context:

    1. I have a Cartier Tank for dressing smartly.
    2. I have a bunch of divers and others for casual.
    3. I hate buying new and would always prefer used.
    4. I find anything over 41-42mm too large to be acceptable on my wrist, with my clothes, or in general.
    5. I have an utterly irrational predujice against Rolex.

    Dilemma:

    I oddly fancy a chrono or similar of some kind, not too expensive. On which basis, I am mulling over:

    1. Omega Speedmaster.
    2. Breitling Navitimer (smaller sizes, not the 46).
    3. Brietling Datora.
    4. TAG Carrera - not the one with two very obvious dials, but the variants with a plainer face and the sub-dial at 6 o'clock.

    I know the correct answer is Speedmaster. But I somehow just cannot get excited about them. Though I have tried.

    I also know the TAGs are supposed to be overpriced rubbish. But they are cheaper, used. And some look very classic. Are they reallly that awful? Ideally, I would like a pre-TAG Heuer, but is a post-TAG TAG Heuer as mediocre as many think?

    And I know Brietlings divide opinion. Including mine, where I prefer the Datora to the Navi, bizarrely because it looks likes a Navi, but isn't, if you get what I mean.

    Additional:

    1. I hugely admire IWC, but have never had an "oh yeah" moment with any of them.

    Finally:

    1. Datora, probably. But please argue against.

    Thank you.
     
  2. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    Any Breitling chrono will be very "tall." I like Breitling a lot, but can only do the non chronos such as the cockpit and the superocean heritage. You should look at the IWC portofino chrono though.
     
  3. VicEnriq

    VicEnriq Member

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    This is a no-contest Geezer. You must choose the Omega Speedmaster, just please not ANY Speedmaster. You must choose the Speedy Pro. Whether you choose the original moonwatch (hesalite crystal) or the saphyre, it's the only true choice you've got for that budget.

    Here's the thing... if you are truly a watch aficionado, then the only real horological timepiece worth of your money (note that for the same budget it's probably the best choice even not considering your listed options) is the Speedy Pro. From a movement perspective, the Speedy Pro (mecanic) is the real deal. You are getting your money's worth and not a $150 ETA movement on an Omega case.

    Second, it's horological history on your wrist. Even the most snobby watch lover can't deny that fact.

    Third, it's the cronograph cornerstone of any collection. Except perhaps for a TAG Monaco (not the Carrera)- but hey, you can always add that one later!

    And finally, you'll just know what it feels like to wake up every morning to wind that lovely watch. A real pleasure, that is.
     
  4. GothamRed

    GothamRed Senior member

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    +1. I own a few and love the Datora, but I find them damned near impossible to fit under my shirt cuffs, so I always wind up leaving my left cuff unbuttoned (if wearing a sweater over the shirt) or just roll up my sleeves if not wearing anything over.
     
  5. driftking

    driftking Well-Known Member

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    Pre-moon Speedmaster with the 321 movement or a 1990 IWC Ingenieur alarm chronograph.
     
  6. Shocker

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    Although I am a Cartier and Rolex guy, my next to favorite is a tag heuer. Their link and aquaracer are very nice in my opinion.
     
  7. Cuttingboard

    Cuttingboard Senior member

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    You would get more responses in the watch appreciation thread. Lots of very knowledgable posters on that thread.
     
  8. NDND2012

    NDND2012 Active Member

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    Have you considered the transocean?
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Superfluous

    Superfluous Senior member

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    I just got the Superocean Heritage on that same mesh band and I really like the band. That mesh band is pretty unique and fits comfortably as it "conforms" much better than my leather strapped watches. I believe the Transocean is 43mm or larger though. Also since it's a Breitling chrono it will be very tall as well.
     
    Last edited: Feb 10, 2013
  10. lagsun

    lagsun Senior member

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    Here's a pic of my Breitling Navitimer Premier. It was produced in the late 90s and is 36mm.

    [​IMG]

    And here it's next to a Seamaster Bond Chrono that I believe is 41.5mm

    [​IMG]
     
  11. VicEnriq

    VicEnriq Member

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    That's another good piece of advice. If you are going to go the Breitling route, it should be a Navitimer and no other. But again, the Speedy Pro is the better choice.
     

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