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Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 116523 Daytona Grey
AU$ 22,582
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RU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet 26331ST.OO.1220ST.02 Royal Oak Chronograph
AU$ 47,798
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19
HK
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26170ST.OO.D091CR.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Safari...
AU$ 22,541
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66
UK
Rolex Daytona 116500LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Ceramic Bezel White Dial 116500LN
AU$ 37,636
Free shipping
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116
US
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.1220OR.01 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
AU$ 96,000
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9
AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1AR-001 Very good Gold/Steel 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus
AU$ 130,389
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44
US
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PX.7518.VR.1975 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Zebra Bang, limited edition - no. 66/250
AU$ 38,869
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45
CH
Zenith A3736 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding
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Zenith subsea black panda ultra rare
AU$ 18,051
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43
NL
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A12 Good Steel 43mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
AU$ 2,500
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AU
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005
AU$ 7,009
Free shipping
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982
US
Breitling Chrono-Matic (submodel) Very good Yellow gold Automatic
Breitling Vintage 1973 Breitling 18K Solid Gold Chrono-matic...
AU$ 10,327
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UK
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 & Box 2014 Rose Gold
AU$ 30,238
Free shipping
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415
ES
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Sydney
Rolex Daytona 4/16 APH dial
AU$ 39,000
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9
AU
Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Floating Dial R9 Serial Never polished
AU$ 94,381
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262
ES
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1G New White gold 44mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 40 Anniversary Sealed
Price on request
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182
IT
Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph 35
AU$ 25,070
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45
CH
TAG Heuer Carrera CBG2A11.FC6460 Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02
AU$ 6,872
Free shipping
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1265
UK
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV201AH.BA0725 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, preston
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
AU$ 4,199
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AU
Rolex Daytona 116515ln New Rose gold 40mm Automatic Australia, SYDNEY
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Chocolate Oysterflex
AU$ 49,990
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11
AU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.1000OR.01 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 42MM Rose Gold Watch...
AU$ 96,180
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250
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.42.30.04.001 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch - Full Set - Alaska
AU$ 23,458
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175
DE
Breitling Chronomat B13050.1 Very good Gold/Steel 39mm Automatic
Breitling Chronomat
AU$ 3,663
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182
DE
Breitling Navitimer 01 RB012012|BA49|435X|R20BA.1 New Red gold 44mm Automatic
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Breitling NAVITIMER 01 ROSEGOLD RB012012 unworn 12230HT
AU$ 25,474
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150
FR
TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211R.FC6401 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco
AU$ 7,697
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182
IT
Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38 A4131053/C862 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph 38
AU$ 10,302
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45
CH
Montblanc Star 106466 Unworn Steel 38mm Automatic
Montblanc Star
AU$ 4,692
Free shipping
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1265
UK
Omega Seamaster Railmaster 221.53.49.10.01.001 Very good Red gold 49mm Manual winding Australia, Elizabeth Bay
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Omega Seamaster Railmaster XXL Red Gold 50th Anniversary...
AU$ 21,674
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AU
Chronoswiss Opus CH7520S Very good Platinum 38mm Automatic
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Chronoswiss Opus Skeleton 950 Platin Chronograph Automatik...
AU$ 27,233
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2475
DE
Bulgari Bulgari BBP42GLCH Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Bulgari Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition BBP42GLCH
AU$ 14,569
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182
DE
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 8003-102-7/91 New Steel 42.7mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Chronograph Automatic Men's...
AU$ 10,692
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580
US
Panerai Luminor Chrono PAM 250 Good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor Chrono Daylight PAM 250 Watch with Rubber...
AU$ 7,932
Free shipping
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596
US
Baume & Mercier Capeland M0A10007 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic Australia, Hawthorn East
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Baume & Mercier Capeland
AU$ 9,000
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AU
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001 New Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Nautilus Sealed
Price on request
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph 38
AU$ 7,782
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45
CH
TAG Heuer Carrera CBG2050.FC6426 Unworn Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02
AU$ 11,454
Free shipping
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1265
UK
Breitling Chronomat 44 AB011012|B967|435X|A20BA.1 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling CHRONOMAT 44 AUTOMATIC AB011012
AU$ 9,511
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150
FR
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady 26048.SK.ZZ.D002CA.01 Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady
AU$ 31,338
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84
CZ
Girard Perregaux Laureato 81020-11-431-11A Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, Surfers Paradise QLD
Girard Perregaux Laureato Chronograph 42
AU$ 14,850
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AU
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-3402500-XA3142 New Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 005 Chronograph Automatic Men's...
AU$ 9,434
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
580
US
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 18k Rose Gold Black-Brown...
Price on request
Verified Dealer
387
US
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SB.131.RX Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Australia, Melbourne
Hublot Big Bang Titanium 301.SB.131.RX Carbon
AU$ 10,500
Private Seller
 
AU
Seiko 6138 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Seiko SPORT TIMER CRONO
AU$ 1,466
Verified Dealer
182
IT
Breguet Héritage 5400BB/12/9V6 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Breguet Héritage Chronograph
AU$ 51,854
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45
CH
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388005 New Ceramic 46mm Automatic
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IWC Fliegeruhr Chronograph Edition «The Last Flight» IW388005
AU$ 41,967
Verified Dealer
487
DE
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2014.BA0794 Good Steel 41mmmm Automatic Australia, Bayswater
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
AU$ 2,399
Private Seller
AU
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.20.42.50.01.001 Unworn Steel 42mm Manual winding Australia, Adelaide
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
AU$ 16,200
Private Seller
 
AU
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW388004 New Ceramic 46mm Automatic
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IWC Pilot Chronograph limited IW388004 The Last Flight 8700ht
AU$ 18,143
Free shipping
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150
FR
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-0010300-X01402 New Steel 42mm Automatic
TOP
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 002 Chronograph Automatic 42mm...
AU$ 8,334
Free shipping
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580
US
Tudor M79360DK Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Surfers Paradise QLD
Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark - Limited Edition
AU$ 12,990
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AU
Omega Speedmaster 2998-62 Good Steel Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster 2998-62 Alpha hands
AU$ 44,450
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204
UK
IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW3714-46 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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IWC Portuguese IW3714-46 Watch with Leather Bracelet and...
AU$ 9,535
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596
US
Breitling Bentley GT M1336267/A729 New Steel 45mm Automatic
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Breitling Bentley Midnight Diamond 45, limited edition - no....
AU$ 19,876
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45
CH
Patek Philippe Chronograph Good Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Very rare antique 1875 Split Chronograf
AU$ 18,308
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113
PL
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 232.30.46.51.01.001 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic Australia, Kangaroo Point
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph
AU$ 5,900
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AU
Longines Master Collection L2.693.4.78.3 Good Steel 44mm Automatic Australia, Miller's Point
Longines Master Collection Chronograph
AU$ 1,600
Private Seller
 
AU
Omega Speedmaster '57 331.20.42.51.01.002 New Red gold 50mm Automatic
Omega オメガ スピードマスター 57 クロノグラフ スイス製 自動巻き 331.20.42.51.01.002...
AU$ 12,323
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22
JP
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-0010301-X01402 New Steel 45mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 005 Chronograph 45mm Men's...
AU$ 8,334
Free shipping
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580
US
Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79363N New Gold/Steel 41mm Automatic Australia, Surfers Paradise QLD
Tudor Black Bay Chrono
AU$ 8,990
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AU
Breitling Super Avenger II A1337111-BC29-154S New Steel 48mm Automatic
Breitling Super Avenger II A1337111/BC29-154S
AU$ 6,147
Free shipping
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293
US
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW3777-14 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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IWC Pilot Le Petit Prince IW3777-14 Watch with Leather...
AU$ 7,695
Free shipping
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596
US
Breguet Marine 8828BR/5D/RM1 DD00 New Rose gold 34.6mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph 35
AU$ 69,167
Verified Dealer
45
CH
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 CV5110.FC6310 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 / Full set
AU$ 5,681
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113
PL
Ebel 1911 9134901 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
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Ebel Massive Yellow Gold 1911 Chronograph, Full Set
AU$ 20,776
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26
CH
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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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