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Omega Speedmaster Date 3511.80.00 Good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Date 3511.80.00 Blue
£1,629
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81
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Universal Genève Compax universal 284.465 Very good Gold/Steel 37mm Manual winding
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Universal Genève Chrono Compax Baby Nina Rindt Première main...
£3,330
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44
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26408OR.OO.A010CA.01 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Summer Edition
£49,770
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429
US
Hanhart Primus 740.170-3320 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hanhart PRIMUS Nautic Pilot Bronze SOFORT LIEFERBAR
£2,647
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206
DE
Chopard Mille Miglia 168571-3001 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Chronometer Chronograph Mint w. Box
£2,652
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186
US
Graham Chronofighter Oversize 2CCAU.B34A New Steel 47mm Automatic
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize Sniper Military Spetsnaz
£5,383
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440
US
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 4322 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Vacheron Constantin 4322 Historically Important - Marshal Tito
£17,995
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210
UK
Rolex Daytona 116508 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Wilmslow
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Unworn Box & Papers 2020
£36,975
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376
UK
Chronoswiss Opus CH 7541 SR Very good Red gold 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Chronoswiss Chronograph Skeleton Opus Rose Gold 41mm Automatic
£6,250
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202
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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58
UK
Rolex Daytona 116528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona Black Diamonds 2018
£35,146
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162
UK
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Daytona "APH Dial" 2017 Chromalite "Rolex Warranty"
£19,250
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89
UK
Patek Philippe Grand Complications (submodel) 5959P Very good Platinum 33mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Split-Seconds Chronograph 5959P
£184,500
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24
UK
Fortis B-42 Flieger 656.10.141 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis FLIEGER B-42 AVIATIS AEROMASTER DAWN CHRONOGRAPH
£1,013
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186
US
Bell & Ross BR V2 BRV294-BLU-BR/SCA New Bronze 41mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR V2- 94 Aeronavale bronze
£3,822
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440
US
IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371445 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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IWC Portuguese IW371604 mint with box & papers, 2016
£4,625
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351
UK
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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Rolex Daytona Chromalight Chronograph Stickered NOS Stainless...
£24,729
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370
UK
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2598.80 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Omega Seamaster Professional 300m Blue 41mm Automatic Chronogr...
£1,975
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202
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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58
UK
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 521.NO.1181.LR New Titanium 45mm Automatic United Kingdom
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 2020
£8,879
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162
UK
Rolex Daytona 116528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Rolex Daytona
£27,800
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89
UK
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960/01G-001 Very good White gold 40.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph
£38,625
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24
UK
Montblanc Timewalker 7187 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Montblanc Timewalker Automatic DLC 18k Rose Gold
£1,559
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186
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
£33,544
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440
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Steel 40mm White Dial -2004 – Rolex...
£16,500
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100
UK
Heuer 3646 Good Steel 39mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Heuer Autavia 3646 c.1960s
£8,750
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351
UK
Bulgari Diagono DG 42 SV CH Good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Bulgari Diagono Black Carbon Dial Chronograph 42mm Automatic
£1,975
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202
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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58
UK
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.44.51.01.001 New Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M Chronograph
£4,809
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162
UK
IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371446 Very good Steel Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
IWC Portuguese Chronograph
£4,600
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89
UK
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
Patek Philippe 5980/1A Nautilus Tiffany signed
£122,500
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24
UK
Montblanc Timewalker 7069 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Montblanc Timewalker Stainless Steel Automatic Chronograph
£1,403
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186
US
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SL.1008.RX Fair Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm Chocolate PVD Chronograph 44mm Mens Watch
£5,500
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98
UK
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Very good Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega 1995 Speedmaster Men's 18K Gold Bezel & Steel reduced...
£2,499
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1036
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.42.30.04.003 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch New Snoopy Award Apollo 13 Silver...
£42,500
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238
UK
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback PAM 00212 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Panerai Luminor 1950 Flyback PAM00212 Chronograph 44mm
£5,665
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202
UK
Rolex Daytona 116506 Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Bishop's Stortford
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Rolex Daytona Chronograph Platinum 116506 - Manufacturer...
Price on request
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370
UK
Breguet Héritage 5460BB/12/996 Very good White gold 32.8mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Breguet Héritage White Gold Chronograph
£8,509
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183
UK
Tudor Oysterdate Big Block 79180 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Tudor Big Block
£10,000
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89
UK
Vacheron Constantin Historiques 47101 Good Platinum 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Vacheron Constantin 47101/000P-4 Les Historiques Chronograph
£21,000
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24
UK
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T CAR5A8Z.FC6377 Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, Cheshire
TAG Heuer Carrera Phantom-02T Tourbillon
£10,950
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15
UK
Hublot Classic Fusion 45, 42, 38, 33 mm 526.NX.0124.VR Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Hublot Classic Fusion Ferrari GT 526.NX.0124.VR Mint with Box...
£12,650
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351
UK
Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona 116523 Cosmograph Black Diamond Dial 2014 - Full...
£17,000
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100
UK
Omega Speedmaster Day Date 3520.53.00 Good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Omega Speedmaster Day Date Calendar 18K Gold & Steel Super...
£5,995
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98
UK
IWC Pilot Double Chronograph IW377801 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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IWC Pilot Double Chronograph 46mm Automatic
£5,950
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202
UK
Omega Speedmaster Date Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Speedmaster Triple Date Blue Dial Automatic Mens 39mm...
£2,499
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1036
UK
Breitling 1190 Fair Steel 36mm United Kingdom, Sheffield
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Breitling Giro d'Italia Chronograph Vintage 1190
£1,480
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309
UK
IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371446 Very good Steel Automatic United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
IWC Portuguese Chronograph
£4,450
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89
UK
Universal Genève Compax 881101/02 Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Universal Genève 881101/02 Evil Clapton Tri-Compax | SS...
£21,000
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24
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.20.42.50.01.001 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega Apollo 11 50th Anniversary Speedmaster Moonwatch Limited...
£8,995
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238
UK
Breitling Bentley Barnato A41390 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Breitling Bentley Barnato 42 A41390 2015 Mint with Box & Papers
£3,200
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351
UK
Tudor Grantour Chrono 20530N Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Tudor Grantour Chronograph Steel Black Dial 20530N – 2016 Full...
£2,600
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100
UK
Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 42000CR Very good Ceramic 42mm Automatic United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Tudor Fastrider Black Shield Mens Watch B&Ps
£2,650
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98
UK
IWC GST IW370703 Good Titanium 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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IWC GST Automatic Chronograph Titanium 40mm IW370703 Watch
£2,450
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202
UK
Omega Speedmaster Very good Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic United Kingdom, Norwich
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Omega Speedmaster 18K Gold Steel Automatic Caliber 1140...
£3,499
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1036
UK
Breitling Top Time 2000 Very good Gold/Steel 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Sheffield
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Breitling Top Time 2000
£1,988
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309
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.012-66 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Guildford,Surrey
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
£8,500
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89
UK
Vacheron Constantin 4072 Good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Vacheron Constantin Chronograph Ref. 4072 | yellow gold
£29,000
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24
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.42.30.04.003 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch - Full Set - Snoopy Award Apollo...
£34,500
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238
UK
Heuer 2547S Very good Steel 36mm Manual winding United Kingdom, London
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Heuer Carrera 12 Dato, Red Crescent Hand 2547S, c.1969
£7,400
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351
UK
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United Kingdom, London
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Steel APH Dial 2007 Z Serial -Full Set
£18,000
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100
UK
Omega Seamaster Bullhead 225.12.43.50.04.001 Good Steel 43mm Automatic United Kingdom, Shrewsbury
Omega Seamaster Bullhead Limited Editions, Mens Steel Watch
£5,995
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98
UK
Heuer 110505 Fair Steel 42mm Manual winding United Kingdom, Brighton
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Heuer Leonidas Montreal Manual Wind Vintage 1970 s Gold Plated
£2,475
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202
UK
Anonimo Dino Zei 11003 Very good Steel 43.5mm Automatic United Kingdom, Cheshire
Anonimo Dino Zei Marea Flyback Chronograph GMT
£1,995
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15
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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