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Breitling Colt 44 -Full Set 2016-
£1,376
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KronologY
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£10,991
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176
BE
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£11,830
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Omega Seamaster 300 M Midsize Chronometer 2551.80
£1,274
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PreOwned Watch Shop
8
US
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£11,750
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UK
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£2,217
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Catawiki BV
 
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Rolex Submariner Date 40mm Steel Ceramic
£5,521
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Noblesse LP
 
UK
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£77,450
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A Collected Man
5
UK
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£5,850
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9
UK
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£6,641
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TempoInverso.com / Gift and Communication LTD
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Rolex Datejust Steel & Gold Champagne Diamond Dial, 16233
Rolex Datejust Steel & Gold Champagne Diamond Dial, 16233
£3,850
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Tempvs Ltd
41
UK
Omega Speedmaster Titanium Gents 311.93.44.51.03.001
Omega Speedmaster Titanium Gents 311.93.44.51.03.001
£4,995
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Xupes.com
44
UK
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rubens Barrichello II Limited...
£54,250
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Private seller
 
UK
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Louis Moinet Tempograph
£10,000
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Private seller
 
UK
Omega Seamaster 300 M Chronometer 2531.80  41mm
Omega Seamaster 300 M Chronometer 2531.80 41mm
£1,558
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PreOwned Watch Shop
8
US
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Omega Speedmaster 'Broad Arrow' automatic men's...
£2,401
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Catawiki BV
 
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£14,200
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Private seller
 
UK
Ulysse Nardin Manufacture 43 Limited 888 266 67
Ulysse Nardin Manufacture 43 Limited 888 266 67
£8,676
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Noblesse LP
 
UK
Rolex Rare S/S O/P UAE Air Force Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master...
Rolex Rare S/S O/P UAE Air Force Pepsi Bezel GMT-Master...
£95,000
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex Datejust Midsize 18k White Gold with Diamond Dial,...
Rolex Datejust Midsize 18k White Gold with Diamond Dial,...
£7,500
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Tempvs Ltd
41
UK
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£11,850
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A Collected Man
5
UK
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£75,000
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H&Y Jewellery
12
UK
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Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea
£9,800
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Swiss Time Online
 
UK
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£2,425
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PreOwned Watch Shop
8
US
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Chopard Mille Miglia GTS Powerreserve-Gent-2016
£3,417
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Catawiki BV
 
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Rolex Explorer II
£3,690
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Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller (Basel 2017) 126600
Rolex Sea-Dweller (Basel 2017) 126600
£11,500
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ChronoEdge
57
UK
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Rolex 18k Y/G Rainbow Sapphire Bezel Dia Daytona B&P...
£168,500
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Rolex 18k Day-Date, Brown Degrade Stella Diamond Dial, Ref: 1803
Rolex 18k Day-Date, Brown Degrade Stella Diamond Dial, Ref: 1803
£13,750
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Tempvs Ltd
41
UK
F.P.Journe Resonance Brass Movement Platinum 38mm
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£34,000
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A Collected Man
5
UK
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 18ct Everose Gold "Full Set"
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 18ct Everose Gold "Full Set"
£20,500
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9
UK
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Rolex DATEJUST II Special Edition HARIBO Baguette + Diamonds
£12,625
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LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
45
DE
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Omega DeVille Co-Axial Chronograph 4841.31.32
£2,283
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PreOwned Watch Shop
8
US
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£2,863
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Catawiki BV
 
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Omega 2900.50.91 Seamaster Planet Ocean XL 45.5 mm BigSize
£2,750
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Private seller
 
UK
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Breitling Superocean 44
£1,800
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The Cheshire Watch Company Ltd
UK
Rolex 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Submariner Date Gents 16618
Rolex 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Submariner Date Gents 16618
£14,250
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Omega Seamaster Chronograph Black Dial Ref. 213.30.42.40.01.001
Omega Seamaster Chronograph Black Dial Ref. 213.30.42.40.01.001
£2,309
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291
UK
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Black Sigma Dial ref. 1500
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Black Sigma Dial ref. 1500
£3,250
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A Collected Man
5
UK
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£1,650
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Stewart's Watches
 
UK
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Auf & Ab Platin white dial Luxus...
£13,853
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Uhrenkapital
156
DE
Omega "Olympic Games Collection" Planet Ocean
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£3,727
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PreOwned Watch Shop
8
US
Breitling Skyracer Chronograph Chronometer
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£2,217
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Catawiki BV
 
Rolex Submariner Date
Rolex Submariner Date
£8,350
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UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller New 43mm 126600
Rolex Sea-Dweller New 43mm 126600
£11,500
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Global Watch Shop
 
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Rolex S/S Rare Mark I Dial Flat 4 Green Bezel Submariner 16610LV
Rolex S/S Rare Mark I Dial Flat 4 Green Bezel Submariner 16610LV
£9,500
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54
UK
Rolex GMT Matser Vintage Nipple Dial 18K Gold Box Papers Revision
Rolex GMT Matser Vintage Nipple Dial 18K Gold Box Papers Revision
£28,816
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45
DE
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Silver Sigma Dial ref. 1500
Rolex Oyster Perpetual Date Silver Sigma Dial ref. 1500
£3,800
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5
UK
Rolex Datejust 36mm White Gold Bezel
Rolex Datejust 36mm White Gold Bezel
£4,900
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Watch Club
9
UK
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Chronograph Full Set
Omega Seamaster Diver 300m Chronograph Full Set
£2,400
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291
UK
Omega Seamaster 300 M Midsize Chronometer 2551.80
Omega Seamaster 300 M Midsize Chronometer 2551.80
£1,321
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PreOwned Watch Shop
8
US
Omega Seamaster Electronic f300Hz chronometer – Cone" –...
Omega Seamaster Electronic f300Hz chronometer – Cone" –...
£554
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Catawiki BV
 
Breitling Blackbird Edition Spéciale
Breitling Blackbird Edition Spéciale
£2,250
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Private seller
 
UK
Rolex Sea-Dweller
Rolex Sea-Dweller
£6,000
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Maunder Watch Co
 
UK
Rolex 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Day-Date Gents 18038
Rolex 18k Yellow Gold Black Dial Day-Date Gents 18038
£7,750
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Watches & Jewellery of Bond Street Ltd
54
UK
Franck Muller Vanguard Iced Out Diamonds Full Pave Dial
Franck Muller Vanguard Iced Out Diamonds Full Pave Dial
£16,532
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LUXUS RITTER GmbH & Co. KG
45
DE
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea -116660
Rolex Sea-Dweller Deepsea -116660
£10,900
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H&Y Jewellery
12
UK
Omega Seamaster 2010 Vancouver Olympic Collection 212.30.41.20...
Omega Seamaster 2010 Vancouver Olympic Collection 212.30.41.20...
£2,250
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Global Watch Shop
 
UK
Omega Aqua Terra Box & Papers
Omega Aqua Terra Box & Papers
£2,850
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Watch Club
9
UK
Panerai Luminor GMT PAM 00159
Panerai Luminor GMT PAM 00159
£3,845
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PreOwned Watch Shop
8
US
Omega Seamaster Reggata Chronograph 44mm.Collectors Watch.
Omega Seamaster Reggata Chronograph 44mm.Collectors Watch.
£3,510
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Catawiki BV
 
Omega Constellation Chronometer Pie Pan 561 Calibre
Omega Constellation Chronometer Pie Pan 561 Calibre
£1,450
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Private seller
 
UK

Chronometer - Certified Precision

"Chronometer" may sound like a fancy name for a normal watch - after all, it just comes from the Greek words for "time" and "measure" - but chronometers are really something quite special. Chronometers are watches, yes, but watches that have been tried and tested and certified to meet exacting precision standards. The COSC in Switzerland determines which watches may actually call themselves "chronometers".

The Oceanic Origins of Chronometers

Though the Swiss set the standard, the English coined the word. In the quest to calculate the longitude, the Englishman Jeremy Thacker, a clockmaker of extraordinary skill, created a series of increasingly accurate clocks, well beyond what had had previously been achieved. The clocks were intended to be used aboard ships and had to keep absolutely accurate time in order to allow for calculating longitude precisely, and thus fixing the position of the ship in the vast ocean. The last of Thacker's chronometers was actually more like a very large pocket watch.
Other clockmakers - and increasingly watchmakers - copied from and improved upon Thacker's final chronometer, producing watches of greater and greater precision. The original standards for accuracy were actually far more exacting than those currently maintained by the COSC in Switzerland, so very few watches were certified as chronometers and thus very few were actually produced and sold. The original chronometer requirements for mechanical watches are no longer necessary, since digital watches can already exceed them, but chronometers are still manufactured and sold (and resold) today as examples of extremely fine precision engineering. The use of jewels and precious metals in watches owes its origins to chronometers - these materials were used to make the mechanical movements as precise as possible.

Officially Certified Chronometers

Chronometers are no longer rare. More than a million Officially Certified Chronometer certificates are issued each year. Those watches that pass the most rigorous of the COSG's tests are rewarded with a special serial number and, indeed, the right to call themselves "chronometers" at all. Chronometers must meet several requirements: they must display the seconds; they must be highly precise; they must demonstrate that precision over the course of several consecutive days of testing; they must perform precisely in different positions and at different temperatures.

Chronometers in Everyday Use

This may sound extreme, but such reliability was crucial for individuals and groups that had to rely on the precision of portable mechanical timekeepers in the past. Pilots watches, for instance, needed to perform as chronometers (and those that did not had to be hackable). The famous B-Uhren, commissioned by the German Luftwaffe and manufactured by several companies, were chronometer-certified pilots watches - or chronometers that were used as pilots watches, depending on your perspective. Interestingly, despite the many years between Thacker's invention and the production of the B-Uhren, chronometers were still tightly bound to use in navigation.
First at sea, then in the air. And, still today, at sea again - or at least under it. Some diving watches, like the Rolex submariner, are also certified chronometers. Divers must be able to reliably track how long they've been under and how much time they have to surface.
Though their accuracy may have been eclipsed by digital watches, chronometers are still useful today.