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Breitling Montbrillant Légende C23340 Very good Gold/Steel 47mm Automatic
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Breitling Montbrillant Légende C23340 18k/SS Box & Papers
AU$ 9,131
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229
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Rolex Daytona 116509 New White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex White Gold Grey Dial
AU$ 50,742
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229
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A-001 New Steel 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Travel Time Chronograph Stainless...
AU$ 146,030
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229
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Breitling Crosswind Racing A13355 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronograph Crosswind Racing Diamond Bezel 6.5 carats
AU$ 8,511
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229
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SX.7170.LR Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm Chronograph 44MM Watch 301.SX.7170.LR
AU$ 13,274
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Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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AU$ 17,258
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 401.026 Very good White gold 39mm Manual winding
A. Lange & Söhne 401.026 1815 Flyback Chronograph Silver Dial...
AU$ 55,757
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377714 Good Steel 43mm Automatic Australia, north sydney
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IWC Pilot Chronograph
AU$ 5,000
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371401 Good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, sydney
IWC Portuguese Chronograph
AU$ 6,500
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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar IW3750-01 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 39MM Yellow Gold...
AU$ 12,939
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3570.50.00 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Black Dial Mens Moonwatch...
AU$ 5,295
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329
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master II
AU$ 23,380
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra World Chronograph 231.T.50 Q702T470 Unworn Steel 36mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra World Chronograph
AU$ 15,015
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Ref 116520 Black Dial NOS 2007 Serial Z
AU$ 37,382
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Breguet Héritage 5400BB/12/9V6 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Breguet Héritage, new, closing sale - official price: 43.000 CHF
AU$ 34,518
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Reduced
AU$ 3,022
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A84.FC6394 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic Australia, kENSINGTON
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
AU$ 4,560
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 24.2040.400/27.R797 Very good Aluminum 42mm Automatic Australia, sydney
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
AU$ 6,500
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Breitling Bentley GMT EB043335/G801 New Titanium 45mm Automatic
Breitling Bentley GMT Light Body Titanium Rubber NEW
AU$ 9,049
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BE
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 212.30.44.50.01.002 New Steel 44mm Automatic
Omega Seamaster 300 M Chrono Diver
AU$ 6,609
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165
DE
Breitling Navitimer 01 AB012012/BB01/447A Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
Breitling Navitimer 01
AU$ 8,539
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Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie 114875 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
Montblanc Heritage Chronographe Calendrier Annuel
AU$ 9,724
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93
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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
AU$ 17,754
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207
UK
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...
AU$ 52,528
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Breitling Old Navitimer A13322 Very good Steel Automatic Australia, Port Hacking
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Breitling Old Navitimer
AU$ 4,990
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Black Dial Steel 40MM "W Series"
AU$ 40,926
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203
JP
Nivada VINTAGE DIVER 85001 VINTAGE Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding
Nivada Vintage Nivaada Grenchen Chronograph Broad Arrow
AU$ 3,165
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843
AT
Hublot Big Bang Unico Unworn Ceramic 45mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang UNICO 45mm 411.ci.1170.rx Black Magic
AU$ 22,602
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452
US
Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3810ST/92/SZ9 New Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Breguet Type XXI Сhronograph
AU$ 15,345
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AU
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A1AB.BA0738 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic Australia, Docklands
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
AU$ 6,300
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Chopard Mille Miglia 8331 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Port Hacking
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Chopard Mille Miglia
AU$ 3,990
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW390404 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Rose bay
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph
AU$ 9,999
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AU
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
AU$ 9,004
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Fortis Flieger 597.11.11L Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Fortis Flieger 597.11.11L, Arabisch, 2006, Gut, Gehäuse Stahl,...
AU$ 2,308
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185
DE
Franck Muller Conquistador 8005 CC Very good Steel Automatic
Franck Muller Conquistador
AU$ 9,065
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148
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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...
AU$ 10,252
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674
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Breitling Superocean Heritage II Chronograph 44 ab0162121c1a1...
AU$ 9,074
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452
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Breitling A13315351B1X1 New Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Breitling Premier Chronograph 42 mm
AU$ 6,824
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Fortis B-42 Marinemaster 671.15.45 L New Steel 42mm Automatic
Fortis B-42 Marinemaster Chronograph Blue 671.15.45 L
AU$ 4,763
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Tropical Dial Steel
Price on request
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Breitling Crosswind Racing K13055 Very good Yellow gold 43mm Automatic Australia, Sydney, NSW
Breitling 18k Yellow Gold Chronomat Crosswind Automatic
AU$ 27,000
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime RB0510U4/BB63 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chrono Unitime, closing downsale, o.p.:...
AU$ 24,012
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CH
Scalfaro New Steel 42mm Automatic
Scalfaro Porto Cervo Chrono Bicompax Date Automat 42 Omega Yacht
AU$ 1,621
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Graham Silverstone 2BLAO.B05A.K47N New Steel Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Graham Silverstone
AU$ 9,000
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Zenith 03.A384.400/21.C815 New Steel 37mm Automatic
Zenith 03.A384.400/21.C815 - 03.A384.400/21.C815
AU$ 9,201
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498
JP
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
AU$ 14,108
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 541.NX.8970.LR New Titanium 42mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Titanium Green 42 mm
AU$ 12,724
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding Australia, North Bondi
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
AU$ 5,750
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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
AU$ 93,666
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674
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Oris Artix Chronograph 01 674 7644 4051-07 8 22 80 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
Oris Artix Chronograph 01 674 7644 4051-07 8 22 80
AU$ 4,368
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4631
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Breguet Classique 5287BR/129/ZU New Rose gold 43mm Automatic
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Breguet Classique Chrono., new, closing down sale - o.p.:...
AU$ 37,519
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 AB0121211C1P1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43
AU$ 9,327
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2671
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Corum Admiral's Cup Challenger 753.771.20/F371 AN15 New Steel Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Corum Admiral's Cup Challenger
AU$ 4,800
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AU
Omega 3510.61 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Chadstone Victoria
Omega Schumacher Racing Red Dial - PRICE REDUCED
AU$ 3,050
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AU
Hublot Elegant 1810.1 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Hublot MDM Chronograph
AU$ 3,602
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91
CH
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SX.1170.RX.1104 New Steel 44mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Hublot Big Bang Evolution
AU$ 22,531
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AU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.A125CR.01 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic Australia, Alice Springs
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AU$ 39,826
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Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 116519 White Gold Racing Dial
AU$ 31,980
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140
DK
Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79350 New 41mm
Tudor Heritage Black Bay Chronograph 41mm 79350
AU$ 6,344
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4631
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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...
AU$ 5,251
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe AB0162121B1A1 New Steel 44mm Automatic
Breitling Superocean Heritage II B01 Chronograph 44
AU$ 8,932
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2671
DE
Baume & Mercier Riviera M0A08758 New Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Baume & Mercier Riviera
AU$ 3,850
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Chadstone
Omega Speedmaster Reduced 39mm Chrono. Black Dial 3510.50
AU$ 3,299
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AU
Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic AL-860B4S6 New Steel 44mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Alpina Startimer Pilot Automatic
AU$ 1,880
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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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