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Richard Mille RM 011 RM 11-03 Very good Titanium 49.94mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Tourbillon Chronograph 26421ST.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Steel 45mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques 49002 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
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Vacheron Constantin Les Historiques Chronograph 49002
R260 052
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A-001 New Steel 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph Date 40mm Steel Blue Dial...
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Omega Speedmaster 310.32.42.50.02.001 New Steel 42mm Manual winding South Africa, Paarl
Omega Speedmaster 'Silver Snoopy Award' 50th Anniversary
R499 000
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Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10281 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic South Africa, Bellville
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R54 000
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr Ref....
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Zenith Chronomaster Sport 03.3100.3600/69.M3100 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona White Gold Silver and Back Dial Watch
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Baume & Mercier Classima 65591 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Baume & Mercier Classima White Dial Stainless Steel 41mm 65591
R18 999
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Hublot Big Bang Unico 411.JL.4809.RT Very good 45mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Unico Blue Sapphire Baguettes 45mm
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145022-69ST Good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Hublot Big Bang Ferrari 401.QX.0123.VR Very good Carbon 45mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari
R236 600
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Alain Silberstein LWO 5100 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Alain Silberstein Krono B Gummy
R69 002
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.40.30.01.001 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster 'Ed White' Chronograph Handaufzug Ref....
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme PT6028-ALB11-331 New Titanium 43mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel Black Dial Watch
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Bell & Ross BR V2 BR V2-94-B-00554 Very good Bronze 41mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Bell & Ross Bellytanker Bronze Chrono. Limited Edition, Black...
R49 999
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus Rose Gold 5980R-001 - Just Serviced 24...
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Franck Muller Conquistador Very good 41mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Conquistador PVD Steel Rubber Black Dial Mens...
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Rolex Daytona 16523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470ST.OO.A101CR.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAF101E.FT8011 Very good 5mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M
R15 000
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Chronograph Stahl Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
R685 038
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe PT6178-SS001-330-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Rose Gold Diamond Black Dial Watch
R1 417 272
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Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronographe BR03-94 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Bell & Ross Aviation Type Black Dial, S/Steel 42mm BR03-94 (2014)
R39 999
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968A-001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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R3 329 831
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3560.50.00 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 11 Limited Chronograph...
R87 266
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Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Stahl / Gold Chronograph Oyster Perpetual Ref....
R391 824
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Chopard Mille Miglia 161268-5003 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Chopard Miglia Gt Xl Mille
R149 693
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Tissot Heritage T124.427.16.031.00 Unworn Steel Automatic South Africa, Port Elizabeth
Tissot Heritage 1973 no. 219
R24 000
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.012-67SP Very good Steel 41.5mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Pre-Moon Chronograph Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
R181 339
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Breitling Bentley Motors A25362 Very good Steel 49mm Automatic
Breitling Bentley Motors Chonograph Automatik Edelstahl...
R84 648
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.A125CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Chronograph Rose Gold Grey Dial Watch 26470OR....
R1 063 367
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Breitling Navitimer A21350 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
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R124 999
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona John Mayer Yellow Gold 116508 - W008824
R1 624 308
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Ceramic 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona "Panda Dial" Chronograph Oyster Perpetual Ref....
R782 775
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Rolex Daytona 116528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 18K Gold Chronograph Herrenuhr Oyster Perpetual...
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PF600094-6 Very good Palladium 44mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing
R319 930
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAF2010 Good Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, johannesburg
TAG Heuer Aquaracer Day Date Automatic Chronograph
R22 600
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.51.01.004 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Co-Axial 311.92.44.51....
R141 196
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph A13320 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic
Breitling Superocean Heritage 46 Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
R58 119
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.30.44.52.01.001 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Stainless Steel Moonphase Black Dial Watch
R178 605
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 521.OX.1181.LR Unworn Rose gold 45mm Manual winding South Africa, Johannesburg
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Grey Dial Rose Gold 45mm...
R319 999
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116506 Very good Platinum 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Platinum 116506 - Just Serviced 24 Months...
R2 334 922
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Vacheron Constantin Royal Eagle 49145 Very good Steel 39.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Royal Eagle Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
R134 215
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Baume & Mercier Clifton 65793 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
Baume & Mercier Clifton Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr...
R42 237
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN Good White gold 40mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Rolex Daytona
R523 230
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Omega Flightmaster 145.036 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding South Africa, Pretoria
Omega Flightmaster
R58 428
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Sinn 103 103.0601 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Sinn 103 A Sa B Fliegerchronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr...
R65 449
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Omega Speedmaster Mark II 145.014 Very good Steel 45.5mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Mark II Chronograph Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
R58 817
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320OR.OO.D088CR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Rose Gold white Index Dial Chronogra...
R1 328 796
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Montblanc Timewalker 7069 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Montblanc TimeWalker Automatic Chronograph, Black Dial...
R23 999
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Stainless Steel 16520 - Just Serviced 24 Months...
R608 100
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.012-67 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Pre-Moon Chronograph Handaufzug Herrenuhr...
R156 032
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph 174.8.C1 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
R135 262
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Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang 311.CI.1170.GR Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic South Africa, Paarl
Hublot Big Bang Aero Black Magic
R187 143
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Breitling Superocean Chronograph II A13340 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic South Africa, Johannesburg
Breitling Superocean Chronograph II
R32 000
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW3714 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
R88 139
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Rolex Daytona 16518 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 18K Gold Chronograph Diamanten Automatik...
R501 779
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 Unworn Yellow gold 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master II Yellow Gold White Index Dial Watch 116688
R1 009 948
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Tudor Oysterdate Big Block 79180 Very good Steel 39.5mm Automatic
Tudor Oysterdate Big Block Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl...
R152 715
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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.