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Porsche Design Dashboard 6612.11.48.1234 New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Porsche Design Le Mans 1970 Limited Edition Dashboard
£2,886
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Hublot Super B 1920.1 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Hublot Super B
£2,575
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Rolex Chronograph ROLEX Chronograph Vintage Perfect Condition Very good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
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Rolex Chronograph Pre Daytona Vintage Perfect Condition
£19,857
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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 CAW211P.FC6356 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer MONACO CALIBRE 11 39MM BLUE
£3,971
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Oris Artix GT 01 674 7661 4434-07 4 22 20FC Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Oris Artix Gt Chronograph
£1,251
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC228-0000100-XA1442-000000E New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma Chronograph Automatic Mens...
£6,586
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TAG Heuer Monaco CW2111-0 Good Steel 38mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic Chronograph Excellent CW2111
£1,839
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Mühle Glashütte M1-29-65-LB Very good Steel 42.6mm Automatic
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Mühle Glashütte Teutonia Sport I
£2,204
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 44mm W6920025 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Cartier Ballon Bleu Men's Watch Black 44mm Iced Out 12ct...
£8,094
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex 116520 Daytona with amazing Panna dial, P serial
£27,500
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Omega Genève 145.009 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Chronostop Ref. 145.009, 1966 - Fully Serviced
£1,195
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UK
A. Lange & Söhne Double Split 404.035 Unworn Platinum 43mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange Double Split Rattrapante Chronograph -...
£77,263
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970EJ Very good Yellow gold United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970J Complete Set
£84,500
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Rado R32022102 Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic
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Rado Chronograph Match Point Limited Edition
£2,501
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Heuer 3646 Good Steel 39mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Heuer 3646 | vintage steel chronograph | Second Execution
£20,850
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30
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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-T Carbon Fiber Automatic 46mm Chronograph
£1,986
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 RB0121211C1P3 New Red gold 43mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 - RB0121211C1 - New 2021
£13,088
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution A13356 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, West Sussex
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution Chronometre Chronograph Full Set...
£2,499
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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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Universal Genève Compax 22258 Good Steel 34mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Universal Genève Tri-Compax Circa 1944 - Fully Serviced
£4,895
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73
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5170J Very good Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe '5170J'
£39,950
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15
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Rolex Daytona 116505-0013 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Chocolate Dial 2021 Example
£45,500
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN New White gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Watford
Rolex Daytona 116519LN Oysterflex Box and Papers 2021 New/Unwo...
£34,995
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Universal Genève Compax 881101/02 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Universal Genève 881101/02 Evil Clapton Tri-Compax | SS...
£17,250
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TAG Heuer Monaco CW2111-0 Good Steel 38mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic Steel Bracelet Chronograph Excellen...
£1,913
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266
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.1260.4021 Steel 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Open Heart
£3,250
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN New White gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona
£35,000
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Omega Speedmaster
£6,500
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Omega 2475 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Tunbridge Wells
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Omega Jumbo, Ref. 2475, Year 1955 - Fully Serviced
£4,495
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Richard Mille RM 005 RM 008 Unworn Platinum Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Richard Mille RM 008 Platinum
Price on request
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15
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25770SN.O.0001KE.01 Good Steel Automatic United Kingdom, London
Audemars Piguet Offshore End Of Days Royal Oak
£19,850
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79
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Rickmansworth
Rolex Daytona 116508 Green Box and papers 2020
£69,995
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Cartier Tortue Tortue Monopoussoir | 2396 | White Gold Very good White gold 43mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Cartier Tortue Monopoussoir | 2396 | White Gold
£42,850
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Montblanc Timewalker 115359 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic
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Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed RARE LIMITED EDITION of 555...
£1,876
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266
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 CAR2114.BA0724 Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, Oxford
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 - Box & Papers 2016
£2,450
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona
£22,000
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Daytona "Zenith Movement"
£33,000
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hayling Island
Rolex 2021 New Card Black Ceramic Bezel & Black Dial Daytona -...
£25,950
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Rolex Daytona 116506-0002 Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
Rolex Daytona diamond dial UK watch
£105,000
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436
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic Black Dial Like-New
£26,500
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860ST.OO.1110ST.05 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, Watford
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860 Box and Papers...
£32,995
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Zenith CP-2 Very good Steel 42.5mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Zenith Cairelli CP-2 steel civilian
£9,350
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Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8407 Good Titanium 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia Rosso Corsa Red Limited Edition Only 1000...
£2,207
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266
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.006 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Gateshead
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Sapphire Sandwich 2020
£5,250
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
£5,500
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Omega Speedmaster 2998-1 Very good Steel Manual winding United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Omega Speedmaster 2998-1
£35,000
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hayling Island
Rolex 116528 Pre ceramic Rolex White stainless Daytona - 2010...
£22,250
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex 116520 Cosmograph Daytona Full Set - Z Series
£22,950
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960R-012 Very good Rose gold Automatic United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Rose Gold
£46,500
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2010 Good Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, Farnham
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph Ref. CV2010 Wristwatch
£1,395
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Breitling Avenger II A13381 Good Steel 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, Liverpool
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Breitling Avenger Ii Watch
£3,450
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Montblanc 7044 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Montblanc Timewalker Flyback Sport Chronograph PVD Big Date 7044
£1,250
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266
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Gateshead
Rolex Yacht-Master II 18ct White Gold 2020 Rolex Service
£25,500
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348
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Omega Speedmaster 3559.3200 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Omega Speedmaster Schumacher Legend
£6,000
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Zenith El Primero Chronograph 02.2310.400 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Zenith El Primero De Luca Chronograph
£5,950
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Rolex Daytona 116509 New White gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Hayling Island
Rolex 116509 (unworn new) 18ct White Gold “blue dial” Daytona...
£42,000
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Rolex Daytona 116509 White gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex 116509 Cosmograph Daytona 'White Gold' - Box &...
£31,500
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5172G-001 Very good White gold 41mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Chronograph Manual Wind White Gold
£54,500
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1R-001 Very good 40.5mm United Kingdom, Newcastle Upon Tyne
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time 2021 5990/1R-001
£309,000
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.40.30.01.001 Unworn Steel 39.7mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Wilmslow
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch unworn 2021 UK watch
£4,450
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.PB.131.RX Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Watford
Hublot Big Bang
£14,495
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Rolex Daytona 116505 New Red gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Gateshead
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Baguette Dial June 2021
£52,500
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Rolex Daytona
£43,000
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Breitling Bentley B04 GMT AB043112/BC69 Very good Steel 49mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Breitling Bentley B04 Gmt
£6,500
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142
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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.