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Franck Muller Vanguard V45 CC DT KRYPTON CARBON New Carbon 44mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph Krypton Carbon (New Full Set)
AU$ 22,917
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Omega Speedmaster Racing 326.30.40.50.03.001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Racing Reference #: 326.30.40.50.03.001
AU$ 5,569
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Cartier Roadster W62019X6 Very good Steel 49mm Automatic
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Cartier Roadster Chronograph Reference #: W62019X6
AU$ 8,005
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Dial Cerachrom Stainless Steel...
AU$ 47,950
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TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11 CAW211A Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco Steve McQueen Come Nos
AU$ 21,333
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.20.42.50.01.001 New Steel 42mm Manual winding Australia
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Apollo 11 50th -...
AU$ 20,700
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401.RO.OO.A002.CA.01 Fair Rose gold 44mm Automatic Australia
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AU$ 46,000
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Rolex Daytona 6263 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding Australia
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 145,454
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Frankston South
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced - recently serviced by Omega
AU$ 4,160
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968A-001 Unworn Steel 42.2mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Patek Philippe Aquanaut
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Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 25859ST Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
AU$ 14,031

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Vacheron Constantin 4072 Very good Rose gold 35mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Chrono Chronograph 18K Rose Pink Gold...
AU$ 65,477
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Rolex Daytona 116503 Unworn Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex 2021 Daytona 40mm Oyster steel and Yellow Gold
AU$ 44,999
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25863TI.OO.A001CU.01 Good Titanium 48mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore T3 Reference #: 25863TI.OO....
AU$ 40,375
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79363N-0001 New Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Tudor Black Bay Chrono Steel & Gold
AU$ 9,174
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AU
Porsche Design Flat Six P6340 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Australia
Porsche Design Flat Six Chronograph P6340 White Dial
AU$ 4,000
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61
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 32,900
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Rolex Daytona 116515ln Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic Australia, sydney
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Rolex Daytona
AU$ 55,000
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Rolex Daytona
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuh...
AU$ 4,349

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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331ST.OO.1220ST.01 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Steel Blue Dial 26331ST....
AU$ 85,427
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.1220OR.01 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic Australia
Audemars Piguet 26331OR Blue Dial Royal Oak Chronograph
AU$ 143,000
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 AB01212B1C1A1 New Steel 43mm Automatic Australia
Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 Pan Am
AU$ 10,155
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AU
Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Daytona 2021 full stickers - John Mayer - 116508
AU$ 135,000
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 31,900
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Linde Werdelin Spidospeed SPS.SS.RGB Very good Rose gold 45mm Automatic Australia, Drummoyne
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Linde Werdelin Spidospeed
AU$ 24,000
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Rolex Daytona 116523 New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Rolex Daytona
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.30.01.001 Very good Ceramic 44mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Ref. 311.92.44.30.01.001
AU$ 14,523

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Rolex Daytona 116515LN Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 40mm Rose Gold Chocolate Dial Rubber Strap 116515LN
AU$ 65,156
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Omega Speedmaster '57 331.12.42.51.01.002 New Steel 41.5mm Automatic Australia
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Omega Speedmaster '57 Omega Co-Axial Chronograph 41.5 mm
AU$ 9,731
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25960OR.OO.1185OR.03 Very good Rose gold Automatic Australia
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25960OR Grey
AU$ 90,000
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Breitling Navitimer A23322 Very good Steel 41.8mm Automatic Australia
Breitling Navitimer Classic 42 mm with Pilot Bracelet & Extra...
AU$ 8,990
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26400AU.OO.A002CA.01 Good Carbon 44mm Automatic Australia
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26400AU 2012 B&P
AU$ 36,000
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex Daytona
AU$ 56,900
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 175.0032 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia, Yarraville
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Omega Speedmaster Automatic
AU$ 3,827
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Rolex Daytona 116523 New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Rolex Daytona
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Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
Breitling Chronomat GT Chronograph 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuh...
AU$ 22,400

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Hublot King Power 716.OM.1129.RX.DMA12 Very good Rose gold 48mm Automatic
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Hublot King Power Maradona 716.OM.1129.RX.DMA12 Ltd. Edition...
AU$ 59,815
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Wittnauer 6002/5 Fair Steel 36mm Manual winding Australia
Wittnauer Professional Chronograph 6002/5
AU$ 4,100
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.30.42.50.01.001 or 31030425001001 Steel 42mm Manual winding Australia
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Co-Axial Master...
AU$ 8,995
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TAG Heuer Monaco CBL2111.FC6453 New Steel 39mm Automatic Australia
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre Heuer02 Chronograph
AU$ 7,500
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26176FO.OO.D101CR.02 Very good Carbon 42mm Automatic Australia
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Bumble Bee 2009 Full Set...
AU$ 30,000
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia
Omega Speedmaster Reduced Chronograph
AU$ 3,695
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Omega Speedmaster Date 32105000 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Australia, Klemzig
Omega Speedmaster Date
AU$ 2,800
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 New White gold 44mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Rolex Yacht-Master II
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.40.30.01.001 Very good Steel 39.5mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch First Omega In Space Ref. 311.32.4...
AU$ 8,451

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC274-0001401-B33002 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe 40mm Auto Mens Watch...
AU$ 6,960
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Tudor 79360DK Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Australia
Tudor Black Bay Chrono Dark All Blacks LE 79360DK - 2019
AU$ 12,720
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Rolex Daytona 116509 White gold 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex – 116509 – Daytona – White Gold – Limited Grey Racing...
AU$ 46,995
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Hanhart H 21 210-0110 -UB New Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Hanhart 417 ES
AU$ 3,274
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A10 Good Steel 43mm Automatic Australia
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Day Date Automatic Chrono CV2A10
AU$ 3,000
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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster DC3036C-SA-BK Very good Steel Automatic Australia
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Spacemaster Limited
AU$ 3,950
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U-Boat Flightdeck U-7750/50 Very good Steel 50mm Automatic Australia, Perth
U-Boat Flightdeck Black Carbon Fiber 50mm Ref. 6120
AU$ 1,800
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Rolex Daytona 116506 New Platinum 40mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Rolex Daytona
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Breitling Avenger Hurricane XB1210 Very good 50mm Automatic
Breitling Avenger Hurricane Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr...
AU$ 6,974

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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 17 CV2117 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia
TAG Heuer Carrera Jack Heuer 40th Anniversary Limited Edition
AU$ 5,600
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Chronograph 1 White Dial Good Steel 38mm Automatic Australia
Kurono Tokyo Chronograph 1 White Dial - 2020
AU$ 9,750
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Steel 40mm Automatic Australia
Rolex – 116500LN – Daytona – Stainless Steel – Black Dial 40mm...
AU$ 49,995
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts 639.22.170 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Alarm
AU$ 7,795
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Omega Speedmaster Day Date 3523.80.00 Good Steel 39mm Automatic Australia
Omega Day Date Speedmaster 3523.80 Blue
AU$ 3,000
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IWC Ingenieur Chronograph IW378505 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic Australia
IWC SILBERPFEIL FLYBACK REF 3785 LIMITED
AU$ 8,950
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IWC Portofino Chronograph IW391008 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Australia, 5063
IWC Portofino Chronograph
AU$ 5,800
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681-0002 New Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic Australia, NSW
Rolex Yacht-master Ii 44 Mm, And
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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.