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    Re: Chronometer Suggestions
    From: Alexandre Eremenko
    Date: 2009 Jan 5, 08:11 -0500

    
    Dear Bruce,
    
    > I find my
    > trusty Timex is off about 6 seconds a month,
    
    There are quartz watches which perform better than that,
    but I don't know how to choose a brand (my quartz watch,
    made by some obscure, now extinct, company in Germany is
    off by few seconds per year,
    it was 200 Euro when I bought it 6 years ago).
    
    > there are any reasonably priced real
    > quartz chronometers (non-wrist)
    > that anyone would recommend?
    
    Wempe company in Germany makes beautiful quartz chronometers
    that look exactly like real, but I would not call them
    reasonably priced.
    (In the range of $2000 last time I checked. Given that
    a good quartz movement costs almost nothing, I conclude
    that they mainly charge you for the case and box finish).
    
    A year ago I bought a Russian "Poljot" chronometer on e-bay,
    made in 1985. I payed about $600
    and it works very satisfactory.
    
    I am watching e-bay prices for about 5 years, and I see
    that they increased sharply, and real
    chronometrs become scarce. Just a year ago there was a lot
    of Russian ones (several of them listed every week) in the
    price range $500-600, some of them with "buy it now" option.
    3-4 years ago one could buy a British (Mercer) chronometer
    for under $1000. This is not the case anymore.
    
    Shipping a chronometer can be a very serious problem.
    (My one was seriously damaged on the way,
    had to be returned
    and repaired.
    Fortunately the seller had spare parts supply and access
    to a professsional shop where they do such repair).
    
    There is a watchmaker in Chicago neighborhood who does
    repair "in principle" but has no spare parts, and the cost
    is high.
    
    Hope this info can be of some use for you.
    
    Alex.
    
    
    
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