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  • frost
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    I have a new lust....


    http://hamiltonwatch.com/en/gents/kh...rono/H71716133

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    Like S_D, I'm not generally a fan of the busy-ness of chronographs. Not a fan of the "surprised eyebrow" effect of the silver accents on the subdials of this particular watch, either.


    I'm sure there are some who would disagree, but if you want to get a chronograph, I'd go for something that looks a little more classic - like the IWC Portuguese-inspired Citizens that were on Dappered earlier this week, or maybe something that looks a bit like the Omega Speedmaster. This particular Citizen leans a little less classic and a little more modern and "techie." Putting it on a leather strap might tone it down a little.


    Honestly, though, it's pretty hard to judge a watch's looks based on stock photos. You may find these images useful:








    Dunno what about this watch strikes your fancy so it's hard to make recommendations... here are a few good-looking chronos that are cheaper and probably a little more versatile than the one you linked:


    http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT0200-05E-Eco-Drive-Chronograph-Canvas/dp/B000EQR6H0/ref=sr_1_1?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1342564172&sr=1-1&keywords=citizen+chronograph


    http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-BL5250-02L-Eco-Drive-Perpetual-Chronograph/dp/B000EQS0WK/ref=sr_1_3?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1342564172&sr=1-3&keywords=citizen+chronograph


    http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-CA0255-01E-Sport-Eco-Drive-Chronograph/dp/B006D0UAT2/ref=sr_1_6?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1342564172&sr=1-6&keywords=citizen+chronograph


    http://www.amazon.com/Tissot-T17151632-T-Sport-PRC200-Watch/dp/B000B7MBHM/ref=sr_1_100?s=watches&ie=UTF8&qid=1342564260&sr=1-100&keywords=citizen+chronograph


    http://www.amazon.com/Tissot-Mens-T17158652-Chronograph-Watch/dp/B000L3CHC0/ref=pd_sbs_watch_2


    IMO the Tissot PRC 200, with any dial color or strap, is probably one of the best-looking, best-value quartz chronographs you can get. The black dial with a brown leather strap would be a particularly nice combo. Silver dial with a leather strap could work well as a dress watch or everyday watch.

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  • greg_s
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    Nice review, Ben. It's refreshing to see something other than parroted quartz bashing. All solid reasoning.

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  • Standard_Deviance
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    The watch face is way too busy for my taste. The wristband is whatever--I'm not crazy about metal wristbands. But your taste may differ.


    Both the watch's aesthetic and its features seems to be trying to appeal to people who really really like gadgets and bells and whistles. If you're wearing it mainly for style reasons, I'd go with some more understated.

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  • frost
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    Thank you for the insight. That was an excellent evaluation of value.


    I'm also looking for opinions on aesthetics as that's what initially attracted me to this particular piece..

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  • LesserBlackDog
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    To me, $500+ for a quartz strikes me as pretty expensive. The price here is based on 4 things: 1) Sapphire crystal, 2) Titanium case, 3) Atomic time-keeping, 4) perpetual calendar. The perpetual calendar is a feature that has limited usefulness - sure, you won't have to set the watch ever... except that you will anyway, at least twice a year when daylight savings changes. Twice a year versus about six a year for the standard day/date watch doesn't strike me as something to get excited about. Plus, actually setting the perpetual calendar to begin with is quite a pain, from what I've heard. Atomic time-keeping also has limited usefulness unless you are a real stickler for accuracy. A good quality quartz watch should be accurate to within 15 seconds a month, anyway.


    Then you've got the sapphire crystal and titanium case....


    Titanium is only particularly noteworthy if you are concerned about weight, or have a nickel allergy (stainless steel contains nickel and can irritate folks with sensitive skin). Whether you like the heft of a solid steel watch or prefer the "barely there" feel of titanium is largely a matter of taste. In addition to being hypoallergenic and lighter than steel, titanium is also relatively easy to scratch and can develop a patina as the outer layer oxidizes over time. Again, whether this is desirable or not is a matter of taste.


    Sapphire is much more scratch-resistant than standard mineral crystal. But even if sapphire is really important to you, you could always buy a different model Citizen that is several hundred dollars cheaper and get an aftermarket sapphire crystal installed for less than $100.


    I wouldn't spend $500+ on this watch. But whether it's worth it to you depends on what you find valuable in your timepiece.

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  • frost
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    What do you guys think about this watch?


    http://www.amazon.com/Citizen-AT4010.../dp/B005BS2ENC

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