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Omega De Ville Co-Axial 431.53.42.51.03.001 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Omega De Ville Co-axial Chronograph Date Rose Gold
15 490 
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274
PL
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 Very good Yellow gold 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688
37 192 
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783
UK
Patek Philippe Chronograph 5070 J New Yellow gold 42mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5070j without name NOS
65 000 
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129
CH
Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3803ST/92/3W6 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Breguet Type XX Aeronavale 3803 Limited Edition Full-Set
8 960 
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35
FR
Breitling Bentley Mark VI A26362 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Bentley Mark VI Limited Edition 18K Gold Chronograph...
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5170J-001 New Yellow gold 39mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 5170-J Chronograph new full set
46 500 
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129
CH
Panerai Luminor 1950 3 Days Chrono Flyback PAM 00212 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Panerai Luminor 1950 Flyback Chronograph Sichtboden Automatik...
7 496 
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218
DE
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403.035 Very good Platinum 39mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Platinum 39mm Original Dato
67 900 
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39
FI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.63.42.50.01.001 New Rose gold Automatic
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Omega Moonwatch Professional SEDNA-GOLD - 310.63.42.50.01.001...
24 999 
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645
DE
Breguet Marine 5827BB/12/5ZU Very good White gold 42mm Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
Breguet Marine Chronograph
16 500 
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26
FI
Breitling AVI 765 Good Steel 41mm Manual winding
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Breitling AVI 765 vingate from 1950
8 950 
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28
CH
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2298.80.00 Very good Steel 41.5mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Professional 300 Mt Titanium Excellent...
3 150 
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154
IT
Rolex Daytona 116500LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Edelstahl Keramik weißes Zifferblatt 116500LN
35 850 
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662
DE
Breitling Blackbird A13350 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat Blackbird Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
2 570 

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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5905P-010 New Platinum 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe 5905P-010 Annual Calendar Chronograph New full...
67 000 
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129
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Pre-Moon SERVICED 2018
8 290 
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46
FI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26400AU.OO.A002CA.01 Good Carbon 44mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Forged Carbon and Ceramic...
24 700 
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39
FI
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 210.30.44.51.03.002 New Steel Automatic
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Omega Seamaster DIVER 300M America's Cup - Neuheit - BE FIRST
9 770 
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645
DE
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 215.92.46.51.01.001 New Ceramic 45.5mm Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
8 990 
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26
FI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak 26195ST.OO.D101CR.01 Very good Chronograph
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak
19 950 
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1546
NL
Breitling Montbrillant Datora A2133012/Q509 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Montbrillant Datora Chronograph Automatic A21330 B & P
4 100 
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143
SI
Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416711 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
1 505 
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271
ES
Breitling Bentley Barnato M41390 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Bentley Barnato Midnight Carbon Automatik Herrenuhr...
6 330 

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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5975J-001 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5975J-001 limited edition new full...
68 000 
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129
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3870.50.31 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch ”Gemini 4” SERVICED 2019
6 490 
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46
FI
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Patek Philippe Nautilus Chronograph 5980/1a with Extract and...
105 000 
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39
FI
Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronographe BR0394-BL-CE New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR 03-94 BLACK MATTE Chronograph - BR0394-BL-CE
3 780 
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645
DE
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.93.44.52.03.001 New Ceramic Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonphase
9 990 
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26
FI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.006 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph 42 mm...
5 136 
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21
HK
Heuer 3647S Fair Steel Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer Carrera 45 36mm 3647S Unpolished / Untouched
4 490 
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227
FI
Chopard Superfast 168542-3001 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
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Chopard Classic Racing Superfast Split Second DLC Limited Edition
7 750 
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1967
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Corum Romvlvs 285.701.20/V600 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum Romulus Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref....
1 650 

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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5170G-001 New White gold 39mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe 5170G-001 Chronograph new full set
57 500 
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129
CH
TAG Heuer Autavia CBE2110.FC8226 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
TAG Heuer Autavia 02 UNWORN
3 850 
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46
FI
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 - 69 ST Good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Helsinki
Omega Speedmaster 145.022-69 Pre-Moon Pulsometer
9 990 
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39
FI
Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts 638.10.11M.BI New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis B-42 Officail Cosmonauts Chronograph 50 pieces Limited...
2 786 
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143
JP
Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416541 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
1 505 
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271
ES
Zenith 03.3100.3600/69.M3100 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Zenith Chronomaster Sport 41mm
12 900 
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6
IT
Rolex Daytona 16528 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Rolex Daytona Zenith 18k 16528 1995 Original inverted six...
32 500 
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227
FI
Omega Dynamic Chronograph 175.0311 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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Omega Dynamic Targa Florio Limited Edition, 5241.51, New...
4 499 
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800
DE
Chopard Mille Miglia 168992-3023/8992 Very good Steel 42.5mm Automatic
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Chopard 1000 MIGLIA Speed Black GMT Chronograph Automatik Ref....
4 780 

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Montblanc Star 7067 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Montblanc Meisterstück 4810 Chronograph GMT Automatik Stahl...
1 850 
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4652
DE
Clerc Hydroscaph L.E. Central Chronograph CHY-554 Very good Steel 44,6mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Clerc Hydroscaph Central Chronograph Limited Edition CHY-554
4 590 
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46
FI
TAG Heuer Carrera CAR5A90.FC6415 New Ceramic 45mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon Chronograph Ceramic
12 450 
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39
FI
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu DC3026A-S3CJ-BE New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU
3 483 
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143
JP
Omega Speedmaster Date 323.30.40.40.06.001 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Date 40 Gray Panther - ungetragen - Box &...
3 178 
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634
DE
Hamilton Khaki Aviation H76726130 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Chrono
1 665 
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271
ES
Heuer 1163T Good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer Jo Siffert Autavia Mark VI 1973 Unpolished Serviced 3/2021
8 990 
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227
FI
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC228-3201400-XA1432 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma CBF Chronograph Automatic Mens...
8 576 
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1032
US
Zenith El Primero Chronograph 03.0520.4010 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Grande Class Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr...
3 940 

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Sinn 756 / 757 756 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Sinn 756 Duochronograph Fliegerchronograph Automatik Stahl...
1 750 
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4652
DE
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer IW378509 Good Steel 45mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer Flyback SERVICED 2014
6 590 
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46
FI
Rolex Daytona 116506 New Platinum 40mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex Daytona Platinum UNWORN 2020, Complete
114 900 
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39
FI
Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon Nedu DC3026A-SCJ-BK New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Ball Engineer Hydrocarbon NEDU
3 483 
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143
JP
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 6 inverted
29 919 
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121
CH
Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono H32586511 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono
1 180 
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271
ES
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute 809 Fair Steel 41mm Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Breitling Navitimer 41mm AOPA Cosmonaute 1965 ALL ORIGINAL
5 790 
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227
FI
TAG Heuer Monza CR2113-0 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monza
1 950 
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226
ES
Zenith Port Royal 03.0550.400 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Port Royal V Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr...
4 040 

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Union Glashütte Viro Chronograph D001.414.A Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Union Glashütte Viro Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr...
1 250 
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4652
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A. Lange & Söhne Double Split 404.035 Unworn Platinum 43mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Lange Double Split Rattrapante Chronograph -...
90 051 
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203
US
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph 160.T.25 Good Titanium 44mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Diving Chronograph Titanium
5 990 
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39
FI
Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 168570-9001 New Titanium 44.5mm Automatic
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Chopard Grand Prix De Monaco Historique Stahl/Rosegold
6 995 
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422
DE
Longines Column-Wheel Chronograph L2.742.4.9.20 Unworn Steel 39mm Automatic
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Longines Column Wheel
1 776 
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121
CH

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.