Affordable New Chronographs Under S$5,000Written by Melissa Kong
These sporty tickers won’t break the bank too much.
Baltic Bicompax 001 Chronograph
This classic model is based on a design from the 1940s with a stepped case and acrylic domed crystal. Housed in its 38mm stainless case is a Seagull ST1901 manual-winding movement from China with central seconds and two chronograph registers at nine and three o’clock. The Italian calf leather strap gives it a nice vintage appeal as well—all very good value at way less than S$5,000.
Tissot T-Race MotoGP 2018 Automatic Limited Edition
To top it off, the watch is presented in a box that’s a replica of a MotoGP helmet. As with all Tissot timepieces, the watch features a Swiss-made automatic movement and this one is housed in a 45mm case with sapphire crystal on both sides. Limited to 3,333 pieces worldwide, this is certainly one of the more collectible Tissot chronographs.
Rado HyperChrome Chronograph
The generous 44.9mm case means it will probably sit better on bigger wrists. But then again, size matters when it comes to the sporty appeal of a chronograph, doesn’t it? Although it runs on a quartz movement, this one comes with the works—a tachymetre, hour and minute totalisers, small seconds sub-dial and date window at four o’clock.
Longines Column Wheel Chronograph
Available in a 39mm stainless steel case with black dial and dauphine hands, this chronograph comes in a black alligator strap and does away with a tachymetre bezel, so the watch has a dressier appeal, suitable for both the office or a more formal ‘do.
Oris Aquis Chronograph
The most striking thing about this chronograph, though, is its stunning blue sunray dial that reflects the different hues of the ocean when seen from various angles. For added visibility, the applied indexes, ceramic inserts and hands are filled with Super-LumiNova, so you always have the time in different lighting conditions.
And if you want to know more about chronographs, read our primer here!
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".