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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5905P-001 New Platinum 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph Blue Dial Platinum...
R 1 107 462
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218
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3570.50.00 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Professional Moonwatch Box & Papers 3570.50.00
R 55 972
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218
US
Breitling Navitimer A23322 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer A23322
R 72 988
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218
US
Rolex Daytona 116599RBR Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116599RBR
R 981 789
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455
UK
Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine, new, closing down sale, official price: 19.000...
R 174 131
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30
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401RO.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26401RO.OO.A002CA.01
R 579 835
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455
UK
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 541.NX.7170.LR Unworn Titanium 45mm Automatic
Hublot Classic Fusion 541.NX.7170.LR
R 112 900
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2017
MC
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968A-001 Very good Steel 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph 5968A-001
R 1 271 336
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663
US
TAG Heuer Monaco CW2113-0 Fair Steel 38mm Automatic South Africa, Pietermaritzburg
TAG Heuer Monaco
R 45 000
Private Seller
ZA
Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3810BR 92 9ZU Very good Rose gold Automatic
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Breguet Type XXI 3810BR 92 9ZU 18KT RG
R 176 801
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206
UK
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.SX.130.RX.114 New Steel 41mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Steel Black Dial Black Rubber Strap
R 195 749
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850
BE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak - Blue Dial - Black dlc - Limited...
R 562 624
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35
IT
Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona White APH Dial NOS 116520 IN STICKERS
R 430 846
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681
NL
Breguet Marine 8828BR/5D/586 DD00 New Rose gold 34.6mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine 35, new, closing down sale - off. price: 64.300...
R 529 995
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30
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320ST.OO.1220ST.01 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet All Black Custom Royal Oak Chronograph ...
R 419 040
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343
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SM.1770.RX New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm - watch on stock in Zurich
R 146 131
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37
CH
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001
R 1 495 822
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663
US
Breitling Navitimer 806 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding South Africa, Pretoria
Breitling Navitimer 806
R 78 690
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ZA
Heuer 73663 Fair Steel 45mm Manual winding South Africa, Newcastle
Heuer Autavia 73663 Panda Valjoux 7736 Gay Freres Bracelet
R 131 698
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ZA
Frederique Constant FC-750MCN4H6 New Steel 42mm Automatic
Frederique Constant Hybrid Manufacture Horological Smartwatch
R 44 330
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159
DE
Maurice Lacroix Les Classiques 15829-7422 Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Tomorrow's Classic Or jaune 18k Flyback
R 90 859
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56
CH
Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Black Dial NOS 116520
R 430 846
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681
NL
Tiffany Atlas Z1000.70.52A22A71A New 42mm Automatic
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Tiffany Atlas 42, new, closing down sale, official price:...
R 90 844
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30
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Fully Iced Out 26331ST.O...
R 673 456
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343
US
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SB.131.RX New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Steel Ceramic 44mm - watch on stock in Zurich
R 148 403
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37
CH
Patek Philippe 5980/1R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Complications Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1R-001
R 2 393 764
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663
US
IWC Porsche Design IW3702 Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic South Africa, Harkerville
IWC 3702 serial number: 2297099
R 41 904
Private Seller
ZA
Heuer Good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Newcastle
Heuer Silverstone Cal 12 110.313R with Box
R 124 215
Verified Dealer
ZA
Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 ST
R 48 979
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69
DE
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376905 Unworn Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
R 166 575
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56
CH
Chronoswiss Sirius CH7543K-ENG New Steel 42mm Automatic
Chronoswiss Sirius Chronograph
R 72 372
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2629
DE
Breguet Classique 5247BR/29/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chrono., new, closing down sale - o.p.:...
R 348 277
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30
CH
Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.5000 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Stahl Ref: 3510.5000 von 1999 mit Papieren
R 36 510
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299
DE
Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic 03.2270.4069/01.C493 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Zenith Elite Chronograph Classic
R 87 979
Private Seller
ZA
F.P.Journe Souveraine CT G BOUTIQUE ED Very good Rose gold 40mm Manual winding
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F.P.Journe Centigraphe Souverain Boutique Edition CT G...
R 732 571
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663
US
Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400/69.C713 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Original 1969 38 mm
R 87 165
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744
UK
Lemania Fair Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding South Africa, Newcastle
Lemania Troy 'Retailer Commissioned' 18k Gold Chronograph CH27
R 38 911
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ZA
Sinn 206.012 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Sinn 206 ARKTIS II
R 57 944
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69
DE
Gérald Genta ABC.Y.80.290.CN.BD Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Gérald Genta Arena 45 Quattro Retro Chrono Jumping Hour in...
R 107 919
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495
NL
Oris 675 7648 4264 New Steel 46mm Automatic
Oris BIG CROWN … FLYING THROUGH TIME. On 14th October 1947,...
R 32 376
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553
ES
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.29/V200 PN09 New Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum AC Chronograph 38, new, closing down sale, o.p.: 16.200 CHF
R 90 844
Verified Dealer
30
CH
Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416711 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
R 24 489
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121
ES
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 541.OX.1181.LR Good Rose gold 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph
R 199 999
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ZA
F.P.Journe CT PT BLACK LABE Very good Platinum 40mm Manual winding
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F.P.Journe Centigraphe "Black Label" CT PT BLACK LABE
R 950 322
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663
US
Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe U13313121B1S1 New Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44
R 89 324
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744
UK
Zenith Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding
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Zenith Chronograph 38mm steel manual 146DP serviced
R 56 450
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56
IT
Mido Great Wall 13BG0776326 Unworn 42mm Automatic
Mido Great Wall
R 7 803
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HU
Franck Muller Mariner 9080 CC AT Very good Steel 60mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Mariner steel FULL SET 2 straps from 2010 ref...
R 144 446
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53
BE
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-master Ii Réf.116681
R 280 590
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9
FR
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum AC Chronograph 38, new, closing down sale - o.p.: 10.000...
R 52 986
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30
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.33.42.30.01.002 Unworn Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster 311.33.42.30.01.002
R 61 431
Verified Dealer
2017
MC
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105/012/65 Fair Steel Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL VINTAGE 1965
R 139 999
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ZA
Patek Philippe Chronograph 5170J-001 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Complications Chronograph 5170J-001
R 657 742
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663
US
Rolex Daytona 116589RBR Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona SODALITE-GHIERA DIAMANTI
R 647 515
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14
IT
Zenith Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding
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Zenith Chronograph 38mm steel manual 146DP serviced
R 63 091
Verified Dealer
56
IT
Fair Steel 34mm Manual winding
UNSIGNED VINTAGE 34MM SWISS 3 BUTTON MANUAL WIND CHRONOGRAPH...
R 7 109
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US
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403.035 Very good Platinum 39mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 39mm 403.035
R 625 566
Verified Dealer
13
US
Porsche Design Chronotimer 4046901830908 New Titanium 42mm Automatic
Straight from the manufacturer
Porsche Design Chronograph Titanium Limited Edition
R 82 185
Free shipping
Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co. KG
59
DE
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PX.7518.VR.1975 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang, lim., closing down sale, o.p....
R 310 419
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30
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 175.0034 Good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase
R 239 999
Verified Dealer
ZA
Breitling Crosswind Racing A13355 Good Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Breitling Crosswind Racing
R 29 999
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ZA
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.33.40.30.02.001 Very good Steel 39.7mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Chronograph CK 2998 Limited...
R 104 012
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663
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A-001 Unworn Steel 40.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A-001
R 1 602 184
Verified Dealer
2017
MC
Breitling Navitimer Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding
TOP
Breitling Geneve Navitimer 41 mm Steel Serviced
R 58 110
Verified Dealer
56
IT
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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.


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