Manual wind 2 registers aviator style chronograph

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Manual wind 2 registers aviator style chronograph

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Hello all, I am in the middle of a treasure hunt for the subject watch. Always been fascinated by a mechanical chronograph movement, and due to cost constraints (as always) I am mainly looking for either a Poljot 3133 or a Sea-gull ST-19. Also in order to droll in awe an exhibition caseback is a must. Considering the less expensive nature of both movements I will expect a decent (if not superb) decorated movement instead of stock.

Obviously one should look for a Sea-gull ST-19 movement in a Sea-gull chrono (pls excuse the garbage talk) but there is nothing I fancy from the existing collection. The closest my cup of tea one I can find for the time being is this

PRECISTA PRS-5

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It's a well known watch so probably no need further introduction, however what I like about is the overly military style case (bead blasted) and reasonable size. Also from the general comments on Precistas I know I will be getting a lot of watch from the buck spent.

As to the 3133 movement, and if I may repeat my garbage talk, one should probably look for a Poljot in a Poljot.... and again, nothing from the existing Poljot lineup float my boat so I have looked elsewhere. My recent acquisition of a Junker lead me to the brand and I found two with the 3133 which I really like:

1) 6110-5 - SERIES SPITZBERGEN F13
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2) 6616-1 - SERIES IRON ANNIE JU52
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both are similar priced (and costlier than the PRS), F13 comes with a fully luminous dial while the JU25 carries a signature "Corrugated Sheet" dial. In terms of the push buttons and crown I prefer the F13 (A handwind needs a bigger crown is common sense right?)

I like all of the above, but I am going to take it slowly with this purchase and enjoy the hunt (and since I have another 20+ watches to rotate now.....). I have also covered Strela, CWC, O&J, and some other makes with either Valjoux 7733 or Lemania 3872 (which are quite expensive albeit vintage). Again, not quite the style/details I fancy and not an enthusiast on vintage (due to my lack of watch care knowledge).

I am pretty sure you have probably gone down the same hunt before, so would be very much appreciate any tips or opinions for discussion sake. For reference I consider the Longines Master L2.629.4.78.3 my muse in this category.

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Just to add my fourpenny-worth - I've had a PRS-5 for some time and my purchase was based on it having a column-wheel movement, now only seen on very expensive other makes. With the observation back, it is a treat to see the column wheel operating; something different... UB :)
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I've got a PRS 5 as well :oops: and I really rate it. Get one, you won't regret it.
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Precista is also the best looker IMO...apart from the Longines! 8)
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also look at the seagull 1963 chinese air force chrono:

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I went for the PRS-5 too, mainly for the easier delivery within the UK

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The dial & hands on the Precista are quite handsome but the case is just 'orrible! :(
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I think I prefer the PRS-5 out of my two...
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Aifo, you must have good taste. The Longines Master and Stowa 1938 are my 'flag-bearers' for 2 register chronos. Of the watches you posted I would go for the PRS-5 (and I've considered one myself). I'd also look at the Seagull 1963.
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The PRS is good value, no doubt about that. Personally, I'm not mad about the asymmetric case.
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The Ollech & Wajs is about double the price of the PRS, I think, but has a more symmetrical case:

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Thank you very much everyone! So the PRS-5 is favored for the column wheel as it seems. And from what I read push buttons are smoother in the ST-19 than the 3133 too. I will look around for a bit longer and who knows I may even savage enough coins for the Longines Master (apparently I can achieve that in 6 months saving a tenner a day, and sooner if I start flipping some watches). :lol:
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