Seiko's 7A28, released in 1983, was the world's first analog Quartz chronograph movement. While Swiss manufacturers reeled from the advent of Quartz timekeeping, they rushed to release digital chronographs, but had not devised a solution with a more traditional analog display. Seiko designed the 7A28 with individual stepper motors and an all-metal drivetrain that was completely serviceable. It tracks chronograph seconds with 1/20th-second resolution up to 30 minutes, and features a split-timer, allowing multiple events to be timed. In 1985, James Bond wore a 7A28-7020 (albeit a silver-tone version) in A View to a Kill.
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Hamilton Khaki Navy GMT
Featuring a Swiss ETA 2893-1 movement, this Hamilton is a GMT watch, but with a twist. While most GMTs feature a fourth hand that completes a full revolution in 24 hours, this piece features a 24 hour wheel, displaying a second timezone though an altimeter-style aperture at 9 o'clock. The watch also features a third time zone via an inner rotating bezel and. On this version of the watch (the "Air Race" edition), the time zones available on the rotating bezel (allegedly) correspond to locations where Hamilton-sponsored air races have been hosted.
I got into the SKX game far too late, and as soon as I did I realized what I had been missing. The SKX series, comprising the 007 model with a black bezel and the 009 model with a Pepsi (blue and red) bezel, is often lauded as a watch with tremendous value. It's the poster child of affordable, robust tool watches, and it deserves to be. It's an ISO-certified, 200-meter, 120-click-bezeled, 4-o'clock-crowned, jangly-braceleted, bright-as-day-lumed dive watch for around $200. Add to that the massive availability of aftermarket bracelets and bezel inserts (I've since replaced the stock black bezel with a brushed aluminum one) and you've got yourself a winner.
Citizen released the 8110A series of movements shortly after Seiko presented their milestone 613X series to the world. the 8110A features a column wheel design with a vertical clutch (elements usually only found in much more expensive movements) allowing for flyback operation and smooth operation upon starting the chronograph.
This was the first mechanical watch I'd purchased back in October of 2015, and while it doesn't get much wrist time today, I still really love it. The bezel insert is Seiko Hardlex backed with paint, which gives it an interesting depth and sets it apart from nearly every other diver on the market. That, combined with the domed Hardlex crystal, makes for some spectacular reflections on the wrist.