Log in
Brand
Model
Price
Case diameter
Year
Location
More
Your selection
Clear selection

Your selection
Clear selection

Your selection
Clear selection

Sorry, your search did not match any items
Your selection
Clear selection

Sorry, your search did not match any items
Your selection
Clear selection

Sorry, your search did not match any items
Basic information
Type of watch
Categories
More...
Reference number
More...
New/Pre-owned
Offer type
Gender
Availability
Condition
More...
Scope of delivery
Characteristics & functions
Movement
Case material
More...
Dial
More...
Glass
More...
Functions
Thickness
More...
Bezel material
More...
Dial numerals
Water resistance
More...
Others
More...
Bracelet/strap
Bracelet material
More...
Clasp
More...
Lug width
More...
Bracelet color
More...
Clasp material
More...
Save this search Cancel

View

Sort by

TOP
Omega Museum (box and paper)
3 650 
Verified Dealer
35
IT
TOP
Omega Speedmaster Racing
6 301 
Verified Dealer
53
UK
TOP
Rolex Daytona 116508 Green
40 000 
Verified Dealer
30
DK
TOP
Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Chronograph | Stainless Steel 42mm |...
7 514 
Verified Dealer
13
UK
TOP
Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Chronograph "v"
10 840 
Verified Dealer
40
DE
TOP
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph
24 400 
Verified Dealer
24
PT
TOP
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Chronograph Stahl...
3 160 
Verified Dealer
1805
DE
IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chrono Laureus 2013 B+P
8 450 
Verified Dealer
559
NL
Bell & Ross BR V2-94 BRV294-BEI-ST/SF Military Beige
3 024 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
411
US
Omega Broad Arrow Co-Axial
3 217 
Verified Dealer
 
AE
TOP
IWC IW390405 - Portuguese Chronograph Classic Ardoise Santoni -
13 000 
Verified Dealer
26
DE
TOP
Rolex Daytona 116520 New Service Top Condition No Stretch
14 699 
Verified Dealer
174
DE
TOP
Dior Chiffre Rouge
2 390 
Verified Dealer
441
ES
TOP
Montblanc Timewalker Urban Speed Chronograph 113827 Neu
2 900 
Verified Dealer
 
DE
TOP
Breitling Navitimer 50TH Anniversary ''Twin Yet'' Condition...
3 350 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
451
NL
TOP
Zenith Prime Chronograph Stahl Handaufzug Herrenuhr 01-0010-420
1 760 
Verified Dealer
1805
DE
Breguet La Marine Rose Gold 42MM Watch Ref: 5827BR/Z2/5ZU...
17 108 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
80
US
TOP
Breitling Navitimer Olympus Kalender mit Mondphase
4 199 
Verified Dealer
565
DE
TOP
Panerai Radiomir REGATTA 1/8th Second RATTRAPANTE LIMITED...
8 739 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
113
AE
TOP
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 Black Venom - Rainbow -...
25 235 
Verified Dealer
28
IT
Rolex Daytona
16 900 
Private Seller
FI
Breitling Chronograph Blackbird A44359 (Box & Papiere - 2008)
3 450 
Verified Dealer
163
DE
TOP
Baume & Mercier Capeland
800 
Verified Dealer
30
IT
TOP
Eberhard & Co. Tazio Nuvolari Grande Taille 43mm Collector's...
2 350 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
451
NL
TOP
Breitling For Bentley Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr Stahl...
3 960 
Verified Dealer
1805
DE
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36 Flyback Chronograph
4 190 
Verified Dealer
9
FI
TOP
Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph
3 150 
Verified Dealer
565
DE
Longines Admiral 5 star
750 
Verified Dealer
31
IT
TOP
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 Black Venom - Limited edition...
23 175 
Verified Dealer
28
IT
Blancpain Air Command
4 600 
Private Seller
 
FI
Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm 525.CM.0170.RX
Price on request
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
296
US
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Swizz Beatz
37 029 
Verified Dealer
2275
DE
TOP
Bulgari Diagono Calibro 303 Chronograph TOP WATCH - DG 42 SWG CH
3 850 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
451
NL
TOP
Girard Perregaux 18k Roségold Handaufzug Chronograph Gold...
2 760 
Verified Dealer
1805
DE
TOP
Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
1 475 
Verified Dealer
114
ES
TOP
Breitling Chronoliner GMT Chronograph
3 499 
Verified Dealer
565
DE
TOP
Rolex Daytona Zenith Inverted 6 Black MK4 Dial Serial E
22 500 
Verified Dealer
90
IT
TOP
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116520 Black Venom - Green & Gold -...
23 175 
Verified Dealer
28
IT
Certina DS Podium (Submodell)
750 
Private Seller
FI
TAG Heuer Link CT2111 - Mens 2003 - 68KT@~
1 064 
Verified Dealer
576
UK
Rolex Daytona 18k 40mm 2005 116518
16 800 
Verified Dealer
93
FI
TOP
Chaumet Montre Dandy en acier Chocolate Dial -Very Good-...
2 150 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
451
NL
TOP
Union Glashütte Belisar Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr...
1 460 
Verified Dealer
1805
DE
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic
17 229 
Verified Dealer
2275
DE
TOP
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece Venus 18K Gelbgold Limidet Edition
4 799 
Verified Dealer
565
DE
Omega vintage jubilee model serviced
335 
Verified Dealer
1087
FI
Hublot Classic Fusion Racing Grey
7 668 
Verified Dealer
1442
DE
Tudor Prince Date chronograph
2 950 
Private Seller
 
FI
Breitling Navitimer 1 Chronograph 41
4 000 
Verified Dealer
20
IT
Omega Constellation Double Eagle Mission Hills world Cup 41mm...
2 550 
Verified Dealer
93
FI
TOP
Baume & Mercier Capeland Collection Chronograph Gold & Steel -...
1 350 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
451
NL
TOP
Omega Speedmaster Broad Arrow Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr 178.0022
3 160 
Verified Dealer
1805
DE
Zenith Chronomaster El Primero
5 549 
Verified Dealer
2275
DE
TOP
Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot
4 799 
Verified Dealer
565
DE
Omega vintage jubilee model serviced
465 
Verified Dealer
1087
FI
Breitling Chronomat 44 GMT AB042011/G745-375A
4 786 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
156
US
Omega Speedmaster Reduced 175 0033 18k gold/steel
2 899 
Private Seller
 
FI
TOP
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 116519ln New 2019
28 900 
Verified Dealer
112
IT
Omega Speedmaster Professional Pre-moon Tropical 145022-69 DON
5 990 
Verified Dealer
93
FI
TOP
Universal Genève Universal First Chronograph Rare Find 18K...
3 850 
Free shipping
Verified Dealer
451
NL
TOP
Breitling Chronomat Gt Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr B13050.1
1 860 
Verified Dealer
1805
DE
Hublot Mens 45 MM Hublot Classic Fusion Titanium Opline Dial...
11 559 
Verified Dealer
25
US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
6 390 
Verified Dealer
9
FI
Omega vintage jubilee model serviced
425 
Verified Dealer
1087
FI
  • 30
  • 60
  • 120

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.