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Rolex Daytona 116515ln Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116515 LN Top Condition 01/2019
£28,103
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8
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Breitling Chronomat 0818 Good Steel 48mm Manual winding
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Breitling vintage Chronomat "Spiegelei" very rare silver Dial
£4,331
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1179
DE
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Patrizzi
£33,162
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31
FR
Breitling Blackbird A44359 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Blackbird
£3,054
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12
US
Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA RJ.T.TO.CH.002.01 New Rose gold 50mm Manual winding
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Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA
£33,677
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394
US
Panerai Luminor Chrono PAM 363 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Chronograph Daylight PAM 363
£7,010
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1080
US
Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec 111012 Very good Steel
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Montblanc Homage to Nicolas Rieussec 43mm Pre-owned.111012
£3,681
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260
US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW377719 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, LE1 6DN
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph
£3,960
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67
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.012 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Speedmaster - 145.012-67 - Extract - Fully Serviced
£7,845
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53
UK
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph 175.8.C1 Very good Steel 41,5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph
£5,436
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119
FR
Rolex Daytona 6265 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
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Rolex Daytona 6265 Big Red 1984
£69,106
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9
MC
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona 'Zenith' T Series
£19,750
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113
UK
Breitling Bentley Motors A25362 Very good Steel 48mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
Breitling Bentley Motors
£4,008
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11
NL
Graham Chronofighter Oversize 2CCAU.B34A New Steel 47mm Automatic
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize Sniper Military Spetsnaz
£5,404
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394
US
Omega Speedmaster Day Date 3220.50.00 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Sheffield
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Omega Speedmaster Day Date Automatic- 3220.50 - Box/Papers
£2,211
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263
UK
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 CAW2111.FC6183 New Steel 39mm Automatic
TAG Heuer MONACO CALIBRO 12 39MM IN ACCIAIO REF. CAW2111.FC6183
£4,515
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139
IT
Rolex Daytona 116506 New Platinum 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona Platinum Ice-Blue/Hindu-Arabic Dial 116506
£99,995
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116
UK
Omega 2475 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Ref. 2475 - Jumbo - 37mm - Serviced + Extract
£4,495
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53
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun IW389101 New Ceramic 44.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun 44.5 mm
£6,966
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932
UK
Tudor Prince Date 79260 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Prince Date 79260
£6,358
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9
MC
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.D315CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
£31,999
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14
UK
Breitling Old Navitimer A13322 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
Breitling Old Navitimer II
£3,179
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11
NL
Rolex Daytona 116505 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, LONDON
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Chocolate Baton Dial Unworn
£34,320
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26
UK
Tudor Sport Chronograph 20300 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, Sheffield
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Tudor Sport Chronograph Ref. 20300- Box/documents
£2,027
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263
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Very good Steel 41.5mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Chichester
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
£5,950
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16
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320ST.OO.1220ST.01 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Audemars Piguet Custom Diamond Set Audemars Piguet Royal Oak...
£29,995
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116
UK
Omega 188.0002 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Speedsonic F300hz 188.0002 - Serviced
£2,200
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53
UK
Breitling for Bentley AB01181A1Q1X1 New Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Steel Bentley Centenary...
£7,298
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932
UK
Hublot Big Bang 250 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang All Black Limited Edition 250 ex.
£10,136
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9
MC
Breitling Navitimer A23322 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Swansea
Breitling Navitimer
£2,980
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22
UK
Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 321.53.42.50.01.001 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow 1957 Co-Axial Chronograph
£9,445
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11
NL
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, LONDON
Patek Philippe Nautilus
£118,500
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26
UK
Bell & Ross BR V1 BRV126-BL-BE/SST Very good Steel Automatic United Kingdom, Sheffield
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Bell & Ross Br 126 Vintage Sport Automatic - Full set
£2,304
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263
UK
Breitling AB01343A1L1A1 New Steel 42,00mm Automatic United Kingdom, or EU warehouse (see description)
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Breitling Chronomat B01 42 Bentley Stainless Steel Rouleaux
£5,436
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274
UK
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Custom Diamond Set Rolex Yacht-Master II Stainless Steel...
£20,995
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116
UK
Heuer 11630MH Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Heuer Autaiva 11630MH Orange Boy - Serviced
£4,379
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53
UK
Longines Heritage L2.781.4.13.2 New Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Longines Heritage Chronograph 41 mm
£1,935
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932
UK
Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16528 Floating L series 1989
£73,713
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9
MC
Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Swansea
Rolex Daytona Black Dial
£12,750
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22
UK
Bulgari Diagono DG 42 SV CH Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
Bulgari Diagono Automatic Chronograph
£2,668
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11
NL
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, LONDON
Rolex Daytona Steel Box and Papers White Dial Mint Condition
£17,995
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26
UK
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu DC3026A-SC-BK New Chronograph United Kingdom, Rugeley
Ball DC3026A-SC-BK Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu Wristwatch
£3,667
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9
UK
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.1260.4021 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, HAYES
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Power Reserve XXT
£2,999
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38
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401RO.OO.A002CA.01 Unworn Rose gold 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Audemars Piguet Custom Diamond Set Audemars Piguet Royal Oak...
£49,995
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116
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.33.44.52.03.001 304.93.44.52.03.001 New Steel Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow Cheshire
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Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Moonwatch 304.93.44.52.03.001
£6,680
Free shipping
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114
UK
Zenith El Primero 03.A384.400/21.C815 New Steel 37mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Zenith El Primero A384 Revival
£5,510
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932
UK
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith Patrizzi W series 1995 like new
£43,307
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9
MC
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.PB.131.RX Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Swansea
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm
£14,999
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22
UK
Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
Bell & Ross Br 01-94
£2,718
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11
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26210OI.OO.A109CR.01 Good Rose gold 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, LONDON
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lebron James
£52,995
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26
UK
GB05249-04 New 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Rugeley
rotary GB05249-04 Heritage LIMITED EDITION Titanium Automatic...
£327
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9
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.42.30.04.003 Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega 311.32.42.30.04.003 Speedmaster Moonwatch Anniversary...
£30,995
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188
UK
Rolex Daytona 116509 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Custom Diamond Set Rainbow Rolex Daytona White Gold...
Price on request
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116
UK
Breitling for Bentley J18841 Good White gold 49mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Breitling Bentley Mulliner Tourbillon White Gold
£42,500
Free shipping
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19
UK
Bell & Ross BR V3 BRV394-RS19/SCA New Steel 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
TOP
Bell & Ross Br V3-94 R.S.19
£3,022
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932
UK
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5905P-010 Very good Platinum 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Complications 5905P-010 Annual Calendar...
£54,364
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9
MC
Omega Dynamic Chronograph 5240.5000 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, HAYES
Omega Dynamic Chronograph
£1,700
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38
UK
Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph 1502-151-3C/92 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronograph
£13,361
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11
NL
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, LONDON
Patek Philippe Nautilus Steel Blue Dial Mint
£72,850
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26
UK
U-Boat Classico 7431-A New Chronograph United Kingdom, Rugeley
U-Boat 7431-A Classico 45 Tungsteno CAS2 Wristwatch
£2,867
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9
UK
Breitling Superocean Héritage Chronograph A2337016.C856.154A Good Steel Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow Cheshire
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Breitling Superocean Heritage 44
£2,995
Free shipping
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114
UK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25721BA.OO.1000BA.03.A Unworn Yellow gold 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Audemars Piguet Custom Diamond Set Audemars Piguet Royal Oak...
£52,995
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116
UK
Lemania 6BB/924-3306 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Wetherby
Lemania Royal Air Force Single Button Chronograph (1963)
£4,250
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69
UK
Oris Williams F1 01 774 7717 4184-Set RS New Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
TOP
Oris Martini Racing Limited Edition
£2,165
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932
UK

Chronographs: On the Button

Chronographs differentiate themselves from conventional three-hand watches by their stopwatch function. This type of watch has a unique, functional design characterized by subdials and push-pieces, which many buyers find attractive.


Chronograph Facts

  • The word "chronograph" comes from the Greek words "chronos" (time) and "graph" (an instrument that writes or records)
  • 1816: Louis Moinet invents a stopwatch that displays 1/60th of a second
  • 1913: Longines introduces a wristwatch with a stopwatch function powered by one push-piece
  • 1934: Breitling introduces the two push-piece chronograph
  • 1969: The first chronographs with automatic movements premiere

Sporty Stopwatches

Watches with a chronograph function are first and foremost sport watches. They were designed for use in sporting events. During track and field, swimming, or car racing competitions, events need to be accurately timed to determine a winner. The most modern technology takes care of this at the professional level, but it's still useful for amateurs to have a chronograph on hand for timing. Furthermore, this kind of watch is appealing to many buyers who simply appreciate a more technically-oriented timepiece. The chronograph isn't just limited to use in athletics, though; you could also use it to time while cooking to know when your pasta is al dente and ready to eat.

Some watch manufacturers have made a name for themselves with their efforts in developing chronographs, such as Breitling or TAG Heuer. Breitling is responsible for the typical design of modern chronographs. In 1934, the company introduced a watch with a chronograph function and push-pieces above and below the crown. The layout was successful and quickly spread to other manufacturers.

You begin timing by pressing the push-piece above the crown. When you push it a second time, it stops. If necessary, you can push it a third time to start it again. You can set the stopwatch back to zero by pressing the push-piece under the crown. Almost all modern mechanical chronographs function in this way.

The hands of a chronograph are organized according to a certain pattern. The largest difference between a chronograph and a conventional three-hand watch is that chronographs generally lack a central second hand. A chronograph's large second hand usually rests at 12 o'clock. When you push the top push-piece, it starts moving, timing seconds. Once you're done, you press the bottom push-piece to set the second hand back to zero. The second hand that is constantly in motion, known as the small seconds, is located on a subdial elsewhere on the chronograph.

Most chronographs feature the small seconds subdial at the nine o'clock position. Another subdial at 12 o'clock, the 30-minute counter, keeps track of timed intervals up to 30 minutes. Yet another subdial at six o'clock, the 12-hour counter, records even longer intervals up to 12 hours. The date display is located at three o'clock. Most watches with this dial layout and these timing functions are powered by chronograph calibers, such as the Valjoux 7750 from the world's largest ébauche manufacturer, ETA. Chronographs powered by other movements often have a layout of subdials at three, six, and nine o'clock. This V-shaped design is called Tricompax.

The Valjoux 7750 powers several chronographs from prominent manufacturers, such as the diving watch Longines Hydroconquest and the pilot's watch Sinn 103. Breitling, Hamilton, and Tissot also use this automatic movement in various models. It premiered in 1973, but wasn't an instant success. It first became popular after the Quartz Crisis was resolved. Since then, the Valjoux 7750 has been used in millions of watches. It's affordable to produce and runs reliably at 28,800 alternations per hour (A/h). Moreover, it's certified precise by the Official Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC). Its power reserve lasts around 44 hours. There are many variants of the 7750, such as a manual version or ones with complications such as a moon phase indicator or a flyback chronograph. Due to its precision, the caliber is able to measure 1/8th of a second.

The El Primero from Zenith beats even faster. At 36,000 A/h, it can measure 1/10th of a second. Zenith introduced this famous high-frequency caliber in 1969. In the same year, Calibre 11 was released as the result of a collaboration between Heuer, Breitling, Büren, and Dubois-Dépraz. The movement powered the first Monaco from Heuer and ran at 19,800 A/h. This allowed the watch to measure 1/5th of a second. The Japanese company Seiko released their caliber 6139 around the same time. Together, these calibers made 1969 a milestone year in watchmaking history. Today, it's still debated which automatic chronograph caliber can be considered the first.


Buying Advice

Do you need a stopwatch every now and again? Look no further than a chronograph. Watches with this extra feature are available in almost every price range. These "time recorders" - a literal translation of chronograph - have technical appeal. They're predominantly men's watches, as the Valjoux 7750 caliber is quite large and not suitable for a classic women's watch.

Generally, chronographs powered by the reliable Valjoux 7750 caliber are less expensive than watches with rarer or in-house movements. These watches start around 1,000 euros. Even more affordable are chronographs powered by quartz movements. They're available in the three figure range from brands like Citizen. Some quartz chronographs are more expensive, however, such as the Breitling Superocean Chronograph M2000, which runs between 3,000 and 4,000 euros. This diving watch is waterproof to 2,000 m and its patented push-pieces can even be used underwater. Manufacturers strongly advise against using the timing function of a mechanical chronograph underwater.

For a little less than 3,500 euros, you can get one of the most famous chronographs in mint condition: the legendary Moonwatch, Omega's Speedmaster Professional. In July 1969, it became the first wristwatch on the Moon. The Apollo 13 astronauts also used this watch to perform a course correction of 14 seconds, helping them safely return their damaged spacecraft to Earth in April 1970.

No less famous is the Rolex Daytona, named for the race track in Daytona Beach, Florida. Race car drivers received these watches as victory trophies for the first time in the 1960s. A stainless steel Daytona in very good condition costs a little under 10,000 euros. A new gold model costs over 20,000 euros. A platinum version with diamonds can raise the price tag to over 100,000 euros.

Do you prefer a square watch? The square TAG Heuer Monaco made its film debut on the wrist of Steve McQueen in the 1971 film Le Mans. Since then, it's been competing with the Daytona for the reputation of the best racing watch. You can buy a new Monaco Calibre 11 for 3,500 - 4,000 euros. More TAG Heuer chronographs are available in their Carrera series.

The Omega Speedmaster, Rolex Daytona, and TAG Heuer Monaco were all designed as timepieces for the race track. If you prefer a pilot's chronograph, then the Breitling Navitimer is a good choice. It goes one step further: in addition to the stopwatch function, it has a slide rule which you can use to do basic calculations. You should be prepared to spend around 5,000 euros on a new stainless steel Navitimer. Another pilot's chronograph is the IWC Double Chronograph, which starts around 9,000 euros.


Rattrapante, Flyback, and Scales

You can use a double chronograph, such as the one from IWC, to measure two separate events of different lengths. This type of chronograph is easily recognizable by its third push-piece, which controls an additional second hand. Normally, this extra hand runs with the normal chronograph second hand. However, when you push the push-piece, it stops, while the other second hand keeps running. Push the push-piece again and both hands are reset to zero. This complication is also known as a rattrapante or split-seconds chronograph.

Another modification to the usual stopwatch function is the flyback chronograph. You can start, reset, and restart timing with just one push. Usual chronographs require you to push a button three times. The flyback chronograph has its origins in military aviation. If pilots have to make multiple course changes within a fixed amount of seconds, then the process of pressing a button three times is too slow.

Many chronographs are also equipped with a tachymeter scale. It's usually found on a fixed bezel and allows you to calculate kilometers per hour. For example, say you drive 1 kilometer. You start the chronograph function as you begin driving and stop it once you've driven a kilometer. The chronograph second hand will be pointing to a number on the tachymeter scale, signaling the speed in km/h.

Less frequently, you'll find a chronograph with a telemeter scale, a complication which calculates the distance to an event which can be both seen and heard. For instance, if it's stormy and you see lightning, you can time the interval between the lightning and thunder. When you stop timing, the second hand will be pointing to the distance of the storm on the scale. So, if there was an interval of 12 seconds between the lightning and thunder, then the storm is four kilometers away. This can be useful in the military for determining how far away enemy cannons are by timing the interval between when the cannon explosion is seen and when it is heard. Thirty-nine seconds, for example, means a distance of 13 kilometers.


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