Breitling Super Ocean,Invicta 3913, Invicta 7001, Invicta 7106, Invicta 3044, Invicta 9210, Invcita 0479, Seiko B.A.R. Honda Limited Edition
I'll be the first to admit that I was against having chronos vs. non, and still have my reservations about some other "busy" watches. Now I'm a hypocrite because I own 3, 2 autos and one quartz. I have warmed to the look. I do use the stop watch, but infrequently, although its nice to have when I need it.
I think if it's something you need, especially on a regular basis you should get a digital watch because they are easier to manipulate and easier to read than those small sub dails with the fine hands and microscopic markers that for my old eyes cause me to have to closely examine the end result before reaching a somewhat dubious conlusionary time.
I like them for both. I am also a gadget person, and like being able to time something easily.
I also like the look. while the face is often a bit bigger, the look of a chrono. is a sharp one. I just got a new Swiss Legend Woman's Commander chronograph. Hubby calls it my new bling watch (it has diamonds on the face). The face is large, and it sits high above the wrist, but I like the look.
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I use mine for much more important things - hang time on fly balls & punts, drive time on the Schuylkill or Atlantic City Expressways, turning steaks, etc. I never really wanted a chronograph, started to warm to them over the years and finally pulled the trigger on a Breitling before 2008's price increase. Greg Maddox once said that if a pop-up is in the air for 8 seconds, someone should catch it. I say it's more like 6.5, and would never have even bothered checking without a chronograph. More useless information, but still fun to track!
For the last couple of years, I've found myself only wanting a chronograph, for the reason that it looked sporty and cool.
In the last year, I started to move towards a plain dial and what convinced me even more, was after getting my SMP and seeing the beauty and simplicity of a clean uncluttered dial. You could tell the time easily at a glance.
So much so to the point that I'm now going to sell my TAG Formula 1 to obtain either the SMP 2254.50 or Debaufre's Ocean 1.
I do time stuff and found that the chronograph dials can be a bit too small to be practical to read. If its steak on the grill or plank cooking some pink salmon or dorado, I use the bezel as I don't normally time these to the tenth of a second On the otherhand, if you're at the traffic light, you could stop and start your chronograph.
A final point, an automatic chronograph will cost more to service, unlike a quartz chronograph.
Even still with the debate, it's nice to have the option of a chronograph complication if you want one...I've never had a use for a chronograph yet, but on my 52mm invicta corduba the chronograph is large enough to not cloud the rest of the dial...never used a tachymeter or a gmt function yet, but who's to say i never will? and diving? well, I have dive watches but I'm so careful of my collection I barely want to wash the dust off my 200m diver automatics...
true story though, when i was in the 82nd ABN I actually did use the altimeter readings and compass function on my Casio Pathfinder during the plane ride and parachute jump. very cool.
"When a guy takes off his coat, he's not going to fight. When a guy takes off his wristwatch, watch out!"
i buy these first for movements inside than style...:)
Its nice to add some variety to one's collection.
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