The Watch-Insider´s Top 10 best-value-for-money-chronographs 2014

After presenting you my first Top 10 charts, my top Rolex and Omega 2014 I want to show you my Top 10 best-value-for-money-chronographs 2014. Please click on “read more” to see my choice…


First I want to mention again that this is an alphabetic listing and not a ranking. The watches shown here are my very personal favourites of the year 2014.

Of course not all existing models can be listed, since not all of them qualify to be mentioned here.

THESE 10 WATCHES ARE SIMPLY MY TOP 10. No jury has voted, no one has whispered something into my ears and no one has paid me any money to get listed here.

If you wish to get more information about one of the watches presented now, please use the search function of my blog. I have been reporting about most of them during the last eleven months and you will find many more pictures and additional technical information of course.

I would like to ask you to give me your personal feedback. Which good-value-for-money-chronograph presented in 2014 did you like the most? Please use the comment function to let us all know hat you think! Thanks!

In the next days more Top 10 charts will follow, so stay tuned and don´t touch that dial…

You may click on the pictures to enlarge them and you will have to click through the ten pages of my alphabetical presentation to see all my Top 10 chronographs …


For this particular Top 10 chart I have not tried to find the cheapest chronographs, but those who offer a real good value for money. I am sure that some other brands might offer a comparable chronograph for less money; in my eyes this does not mean this watch is more attractive. The price differences some time are only small and by spending a little more you just get the more attractive and better quality chronograph.



Alpina Geneve Alpiner4 Chronograph

Price: 2395 Euro including 19 % VAT in Germany.

I simply like the design of that chronograph. It looks fabulous! The 44 mm case houses a modified Sellita “SW500” calibre with only two chronograph counters. Also the Alpina´s haptic is good, I had the chronograph several times in my hand this year and I found nothing to complain about.


Alpina Geneve Alpiner4 Chronograph
Alpina Geneve Alpiner4 Chronograph



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6 replies on “The Watch-Insider´s Top 10 best-value-for-money-chronographs 2014”
  1. says: Thomas

    Interesting choices, but noticed that you have chosen out of ten, 4 watches from the SWATCH Group! Any reason? No TAG Heuer, No Zenith,

  2. says: Tom A.

    Some very nice choices. I do agree with another comment that some are rather expensive for a 7750 variant.
    Such lists are of course never complete. I would specifically recommend to have a look at the German brand Damasko which make some great chronos, with several technical improvements over standard watches. These are in my opinion interesting alternatives to the Sinn in the shortlist.
    My own favourite (super high) value for money mechanical chrono is the Sea-Gull 1963 reissue of their pilot watch from 1963. Beautiful, and the movement is based on a Venus movement with a column wheel.

  3. says: Andreas

    There are several really nice watches in your post that I would have missed without this post.

    I am surprised about the Hamilton and the Junghans, I like the Baume & Mercier and I am impressed by the Longines. The Longines would be my choice of this selection.

    My definite personal top best-value-for-money chronograph in 2014 is the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Collection Pulsograph (you wrote about it more than one time) because of a caliber finishing that equals that in the high end price range and a very good look.

    The runner-up for me is the Sinn U1000 B. It is not that clearly best-value-for-money (if you ignore the limitation). But a gorgeous appearance, the superior case material and case finishing and a reasonable caliber modification have persuaded me.

  4. says: Steve

    All great choices, imho.

    If I had to choose I would rank my top three as the Alpina, the Sinn and then the Omega. I like the count down bezel of the Sinn and the Hamilton, a functionality you don’t see all that often. The Certina would have made it in but just something about the blue being too intense for me. Perhaps this is simply a function of my monitor’s color rendition. It could look a lot better in person.

    Thanks for the article.

  5. says: ettore

    Mi attrae particolarmente il Longines, peccato per la cassa la vorrei un 44 diametro per i restanti Omega sempre molto bello e un movimento al top rispetto agli altri.

  6. says: Guy

    Since these are almost all derivatives of the old Valjoux 7750 they should be inexpensive.
    But I go with the traditional look of the Sinn.

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