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Rolex Yacht-Master II M116681-0002 New Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
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Rolex M116681-0002 YACHT-MASTER II
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470ST.OO.A027CA.01 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Navy
£21,749
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Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph 1-39-31-41-41-04 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph unworn large 18K Rose...
£10,232
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.D315CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 18kt Rose Gold Blue Dial...
£56,236
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 175.0032.1 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuh...
£2,287

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Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe BR01-94-S Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR 01-94-S Carbon Automatic 46mm Chronograph
£1,844
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A. Lange & Söhne Double Split 404.035 Unworn Platinum 43mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange Double Split Rattrapante Chronograph -...
£77,473
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Cartier Roadster W62021Y2 Very good Yellow gold 47.6mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
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Cartier Roadster Chronograph Yellow Gold SERVICED BY CARTIER
£18,745
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Hublot Big Bang 250 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang All Black Limited Edition 250 ex.
£9,788
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 521.NO.1181.LR New Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 2021
£8,987
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001 New Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001 Rose Gold - Q1 2021 - Full...
£179,000
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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 12 CAW2114 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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TAG Heuer Monaco Black Dial 2010 Ref CAW2114
£2,550
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Omega Speedmaster 3578.51.00 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Speedmaster Snoopy Eyes On The Stars
£19,795
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278
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TAG Heuer Monaco CAW2113 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco Gulf Chronograph Automatik Datum Stahl Ref...
£3,604

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Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8407 Good Titanium 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia Titanium Chronometer Just Serviced
£1,623
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Rolex Daytona 116523 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Carlisle
Rolex Daytona
£15,200
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Omega Constellation Double Eagle 121.62.41.50.01.001 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
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Omega Constellation Double Eagle Serviced by Omega in 2020
£8,850
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Harrogate
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch - New 2020 Full Set...
£4,750
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Rolex Daytona 116528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Black Diamond dial 2018
£42,711
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona 116520 Black Dial - Box & Papers - Recently...
£18,995
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Heuer 1133G Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Heuer Monaco 1133G Rare Transitional Hands
£8,700
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.012-66 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Tropical dial
£10,295
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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 42000C Very good Ceramic 42mm Automatic
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Tudor Black Shield Chronograph Automatik Keramik Ref. 42000C
£2,803

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TAG Heuer Monaco CW2111-0 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic Chronograph Excellent FULL SET
£1,844
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph 371401 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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IWC 371401 Portugieser Chronograph – 2012 – Full Set
£4,750
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Panerai Luminor Submersible PAM00982 Very good Steel 47mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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Panerai Luminor Submersible Chronograph Stainless Steel...
£14,949
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Tudor Tiger Prince Date Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Tudor Tiger Prince Date Chrono 79280 Chronograph Panda Dial...
£5,999
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Zenith Vintage Excelsior Park Calibre Good Steel 38mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Zenith Yugoslavian Air Force 143-6 Military Tropical Chronograph
£3,922
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.30.42.50.01.001 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 310.30.42.50.01.001 - Box & Papers...
£5,650
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Tudor Montecarlo 7031/0 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Tudor Montecarlo Homeplate 1971 Ref 7031/0
£22,950
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.40.30.01.001 Very good Steel 39.7mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch first Omega in space
£4,350
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph 135.8.C8 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuh...
£9,032

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Montblanc Timewalker 111684 Very good Carbon 43mm Automatic
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Montblanc Timewalker Extreme DLC Automatic Chronograph 111684
£1,918
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Heuer 3646 Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Harrogate
Heuer Autavia 3646 Andretti 3rd Execution - Valjoux 92...
£13,750
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
£4,250
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176.007 Good Steel 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, Rustington
Vintage Omega Seamaster Automatic
£2,450
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Longines Vintage Fab. Suisse French Market Good Rose gold 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Longines Large Size 18k Pink Gold 30CH Flyback Chronograph
£5,734
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Rolex Daytona 6263 Good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona 6263/0 Sigma Black Dial - Serviced By Rolex...
£65,000
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Graham 2CDAV.B01A Very good Steel 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Graham Chronofighter 2019 Ref 2CDAV.B01A
£4,250
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Heuer 1163 V Good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Heuer Autavia
£3,695
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.03.001 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XVII Chronograph Ref....
£8,293

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Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8407 Good Titanium 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia Titanium "Monterey Historics" Special...
£1,696
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Breitling Navitimer 806 Very good Steel Manual winding United Kingdom, Harrogate
Breitling Navitimer 806 Twin Jet Small eye - Venus 178 -...
£5,250
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Rolex Daytona 116518LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
£36,525
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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera CAV511B.BA0902 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, Rustington
TAG Heuer Grand Carrera
£2,995
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Breitling Top Time 1765 Good Steel Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Breitling Top Time 1765 "Jean-Claude Killy"
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Rolex Daytona 116506 New Platinum 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona 116506 Platinum - Q1 2021 - Box & Papers - Rolex...
£109,000
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Heuer 3646 Good Steel 39mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Heuer Autavia 3646 c.1960s
£8,800
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Omega Seamaster Bullhead 146.011-69 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Seamaster Bullhead
£6,995
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 175.0032.1 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced Michael Schumacher Chronograph...
£2,847

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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Carlisle
Rolex Yacht-Master II
£14,500
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Breitling Navitimer 806 Very good Steel Manual winding United Kingdom, Harrogate
Breitling Navitimer 806 Twin Jet - Venus 178 - Vintage 1966...
£5,650
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.40.30.01.001 New Steel 39.7mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
£4,722
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145.016 Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Rustington
Vintage Omega Seamaster Calibre 861
£2,950
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Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Manchester
Rolex Daytona 116520 Black Dial NOS 2011 Full Stickers New Old...
£31,000
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Hublot King Power 716.OM.1129.RX.DMA12 Very good Rose gold 48mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Hublot King Power Maradona 716.OM.1129.RX.DMA12 Rose Gold -...
£32,750
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Omega 33.3 Good Steel 37.5mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Omega Calibre 33.3 Chronograph, 1944 Olive Pushers
£3,500
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Omega Flightmaster 145.026 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Macclesfield
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Omega Flightmaster MK11 Tropical
£4,495
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Longines Master Collection L2.673.8 Very good Red gold 40mm Automatic
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Longines Master Collection Chronograph 18K Roségold Automatik...
£6,095

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49140/423A Good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
£10,950
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Breitling Navitimer 806 Very good Steel Manual winding United Kingdom, Harrogate
Breitling Navitimer 806 Twin Jet - Cream Pumpkin Patina Small...
£6,450
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Favre-Leuba 10103.09.13 New Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Favre-Leuba Sea Sky Black PVD Chronograph
£1,500
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Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT AB042011/BB56 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Rustington
Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT
£4,350
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Manchester
Rolex Daytona 116505 SERVICED BY ROLEX Chocolate Arabic Dial
£39,000
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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.