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Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Oman Crest in New Old Stock with Box &...
Price on request
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44
US
Rolex Daytona 16523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Rolex 2000 Rolex Daytona Zenith 40mm INVERTED 6 SIX Diamond...
R 233 763
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542
US
Rolex Daytona 6241 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
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Rolex Daytona 6241 "Paul Newman Panda" PERFECT
Price on request
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44
US
Eberhard & Co. 30121 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Eberhard & Co. Chronograph 120 Anniversaire (Ltd. Edition)...
R 160 335
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1538
ES
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16520 T Series
R 386 981
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14
FR
Omega Flightmaster 145.013 Good Steel 43mm Manual winding South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Flightmaster
R 49 612
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ZA
Breitling Navitimer 806 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding South Africa, Pretoria
Breitling Navitimer 806
R 93 165
Private Seller
ZA
IWC Porsche Design IW3702 Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic South Africa, Harkerville
IWC 3702 serial number: 2297099
R 49 612
Private Seller
ZA
Omega Speedmaster 2998 Very good Steel Manual winding
TOP
Omega Speedmaster
R 349 967
Verified Dealer
214
UK
Bell & Ross BR V2 BRV294-BU-G-ST/SST New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR V2-94 AERONAVALE
R 59 856
Verified Dealer
59
NL
Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
TOP
Rolex Daytona
R 372 093
Private Seller
ZA
Bulgari Diagono SD40S RE Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Bulgari Diagono Pro Aqua Regatta Chronograph 40mm B&P
R 75 841
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412
PL
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch fullset 2018 - only export (NON-EU)
R 70 007
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277
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 414.026 Very good White gold 39mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Flyback Chronograph 414.026
R 814 176
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947
US
IWC Portofino Chronograph IW391007 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
IWC ポートフィノ クロノグラフ IW391007
R 62 667
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822
JP
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-1210301-HA1412 New 45mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 005 Chronograph Automatic 18k...
R 212 607
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628
US
Zenith A277 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding
Zenith Sub Sea Diver Chronograph Vintage 40MM UNPOLISHED A277
R 126 401
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1289
DE
Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM 00603 Very good Titanium 52mm Manual winding South Africa, Centurion
Panerai Mare Nostrum
R 408 450
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ZA
Bulgari Octo 102103 BGO41BSLDCH Very good Steel Automatic
Bulgari 2019 Octo Velocissimo Chronograph
R 104 913
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76
UK
Dugena Very good Steel 43.5mm Manual winding
Dugena Vintage Diver Chronograph Stainless Steel Valjoux 7736...
R 38 504
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323
DE
Omega Speedmaster 323 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Omega stainless steel Speedmaster Chronograph Maker: Omega...
R 53 156
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134
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116520 in New Old Stock Condition with Box & Papers
R 478 406
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44
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Q601244J Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Chronograph Q601244J
R 530 676
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947
US
Zenith Port Royal 03.0550.4021 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Port Royal Automatic
R 62 228
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219
RO
Breitling Transocean Chronograph AB015212/BA99/435X/A20BA.1 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Breitling Transocean Chronograph 43mm Steel on rubber
R 42 999
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ZA
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer Manufacture 1183-126-3/40 New Automatic
Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronometer
R 156 737
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694
MC
Hublot King Power 719.QM.1729.NR.FAD11 Very good Carbon Automatic South Africa, Centurion
Hublot King Power
R 270 000
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ZA
Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA 321.92.44.52.01.001 Very good Titanium 44,2mm Automatic
TOP
Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA Co-Axial GMT [SPECIAL OFFER]
R 95 676
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1538
ES
Hanhart Primus 742.270-1320 New Steel 44mm Automatic
TOP
Hanhart Primus Diver Blue
R 49 394
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478
LV
Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Breitling Chronomat
R 199 999
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ZA
Zenith 49.2520.400/98.R578 Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH Chronograph 49.2520.400/98.R578
R 114 286
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947
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Q1538171 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Q1538171 Watch with Stainless...
R 116 944
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668
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105/012/65 Fair Steel 40mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega SPEEDMASTER PROFESSIONAL VINTAGE 1965
R 139 999
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31
ZA
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.2040.4061/52.C700 New Automatic
Zenith El Primero
R 121 053
Verified Dealer
694
MC
Breitling Chronomat 44 AB011010 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Breitling Chronomat 44
R 64 800
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ZA
Omega Constellation Double Eagle 121.32.44.52.01.001 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Double Eagle Day-Date Chrono (SPECIAL OFFER)
R 102 968
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1538
ES
IWC Portuguese Chronograph Unworn Steel 40.9mm Automatic
IWC Portuguese Automatic Chronograph IW371447
R 105 958
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613
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 175.0034 Good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase
R 239 999
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ZA
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL 10660101-05 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Glashütte Original Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition 18K...
R 106 955
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677
NL
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 51.2530.4047/78.C810 New 45mm Automatic
Zenith CHRONOMASTER EL PRIMERO GRANDE DATE FULL OPEN 45mm -
R 153 546
Verified Dealer
770
JP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Q1538171 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Q1538171 Watch with Stainless...
R 122 259
Free shipping
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668
US
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW3706 Good Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph
R 49 999
Verified Dealer
31
ZA
Eberhard & Co. Tazio Nuvolari EBERHARD TAZIO NUVOLARI 31055 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
Eberhard & Co. TAZIO NUVOLARI RATTRAPPANTE
R 93 342
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IT
Breitling Bentley Motors A2536313 Very good Steel Automatic South Africa, Durban
Breitling Bentley Motors
R 54 000
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ZA
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-0010100-X01402 New Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 002 (SPECIAL OFFER 50%)
R 154 598
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1538
ES
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe PT6188-SS001-132 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronograph Limited Edition PT6188-SS00...
R 34 906
Verified Dealer
108
NL
Blancpain Léman Fly-Back 2185F-1130-71 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic South Africa, Cape Town
Blancpain Léman Fly-Back
R 99 999
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ZA
Zenith Port Royal 03.0560.4039/21 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
TOP
Zenith Primero Mega Port Royal 56mm x 40mm - 03.0560.4039
R 84 591
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677
NL
Cvstos Challenge CVSTOS Very good Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic
Cvstos Challenge II Chrono Eagle of Russia LE
R 160 899
Verified Dealer
601
LV
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Q905T471 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Q905T471 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
R 187 818
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668
US
Heuer 1153S Good Steel 38mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Heuer Carrera Chronograph 1153S
R 69 999
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31
ZA
Eberhard & Co. Extra-Fort eberhard extra fort Very good Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding
TOP
Eberhard & Co. extra fort
R 184 740
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IT
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.63.44.51.06.001 Unworn Ceramic Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
R 150 000
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ZA
TAG Heuer Monaco CW2113.FC6183 Good Steel 38mm Automatic South Africa, Pretoria
TAG Heuer Monaco
R 39 900
Verified Dealer
12
ZA
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime AB0510U4-BE84-756P New Steel 46mm Automatic
Breitling Transocean Unitime Men's Watch AB0510U4/BE84-756P
R 109 413
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321
US
Longines Longines 8224-1 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
TOP
Longines Paul Newman
R 71 465
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30
NL
Chopard Mille Miglia 168588-3001 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
TOP
Chopard Classic Racing Mill Automatic Chronograph Miglia - 16858
R 49 588
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677
NL
B.R.M MK44 New 44mm Automatic
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B.R.M MK 44
R 128 346
Verified Dealer
53
FR
Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX Q194T470 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX Q194T470 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
R 278 184
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668
US
Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3834.70.36 Good Steel 39mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Omega Speedmaster Reduced 39mm MOP dial
R 32 999
Verified Dealer
31
ZA
IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun IW389101 New Ceramic 44.5mm Automatic
TOP
IWC Pilots Watch Chronograph Top Gun
R 136 674
Verified Dealer
345
CH
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 222.18.38.50.01.001 Unworn Steel South Africa, Paarl
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph
R 97 900
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ZA

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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