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Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA10066 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Capeland
3 200 
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV201AG.FC6266 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer CARRERA CALIBRE 16 AUTOMATIC DAY DATE FANGIO FULL SET
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99
PL
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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27 082 
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89
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401RO.OO.A002CA.01 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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36 093 
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UK
Hublot King Power 703.OM.6912.HR.FMC12 Very good Rose gold 48mm Automatic
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1319
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph AB015212/G724/279S/A20D.2 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic
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5 904 
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269
IT
IWC Portofino Chronograph IW391022 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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3 909 
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10
US
Heuer 1614 Fair Steel 38mm Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
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Heuer Spark plug Champion 1614 Chronograph
2 990 
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111
FI
Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Zenith 16528 Black Dial A Serial
24 500 
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215
IT
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S PT6018-SS001-331-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Automatik PT6018
1 795 
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215
DE
Jaeger-LeCoultre Q1768470 Very good Steel 46.3mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph
6 380 
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37
ES
Hublot Big Bang 320.UI.440.RX Very good 44mm Automatic
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14 950 
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717
NL
Rolex Daytona 116506 New Platinum 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona
70 990 
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187
DE
Hublot Big Bang Jeans 301.SX.2710.NR.JEANS Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Jeans 44mm Edelstahl Chronograph Automatik...
7 790 
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546
DE
Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968A-001 New Steel 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968a Chronograph Stainless Steel New...
83 500 
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144
IT
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.93.44.52.99.001 New Platinum 44.2mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonphase Chronograph 44,25 mm...
44 600 
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5926
DE
Sinn 903 903 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 St Navigationschronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr...
2 260 
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2182
DE
Rolex Daytona 16523 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Zenith Inverted 6 SERVICED
12 300 
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12
FI
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S PT6018-SS001-330-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Automatik Rubber PT6018
1 795 
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215
DE
Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Stahl black Patrizzi Tritium Dial Zenith...
23 499 
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584
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25770BA.OO.D009XX.01 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Yellow Gold 25770BA "FIRST...
39 750 
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717
NL
Tudor Prince Date 79280 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Prince Date Chronograph 79280 ROLEX 1997 Tritium Panda
4 899 
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286
DE
Rolex Daytona 116505 Good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Ivory Dial
31 983 
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30
UK
Franck Muller 7000R Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Rattrapante Very Rare Full Set
10 800 
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144
IT
Heuer Very good Gold/Steel 35,5mm Manual winding
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Heuer CARRERA 3648N 3647 VALJOUX 92
5 900 
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69
DE
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Automatik Titan Herrenuhr
7 060 
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2182
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26022BC.OO.D002CR.01 Very good White gold 39mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph SERVICED 2020 COMPLETE
22 900 
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12
FI
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S PT6018-SS002-331-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Chronograph Automatik PT6018
1 895 
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215
DE
Chronographe Suisse Cie 830155 Very good Rose gold 37mm Manual winding
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Chronographe Suisse Cie Chronograph Caliber Landeron 18K Solid...
1 450 
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567
NL
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady 26048SK Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady Offshore Chrono Diamonds 26048SK
17 950 
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717
NL
Breitling Transocean Chronograph UB015212/Q594 Unworn Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph 43MM Stahl Roségold - Bronze...
4 888 
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286
DE
Baume & Mercier Classima M0A08733 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Baume & Mercier Classima
1 900 
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53
IT
Graham Silverstone 2GSIAS.B06A New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Graham Silverstone
2 756 
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73
CH
Tissot Good Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Tissot CHRONOGRAPH CH27 6216 1946
2 600 
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69
DE
IWC Ingenieur AMG 3725 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr Ref. 3725
3 860 
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2182
DE
Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift 75.2060.4061/21.R573 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic Finland, Imatra
Zenith El Primero Stratos Spindrift
4 950 
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12
FI
Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme PT6028-ALB11-331 New Aluminum 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Automatik Chronograph PT6028
1 999 
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215
DE
Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec 106487 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph House Caliber
3 700 
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576
AT
Girard Perregaux Richeville 2710 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Richeville 39mm Chronograph Automatic - GP...
1 900 
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567
NL
Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 MM) RB0127121G1P1 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer 01 B01 Chronograph 46MM 18k Rosegold -...
13 999 
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286
DE
Omega Speedmaster 522.30.42.30.03.001 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Tokyo Olympic 2020 limited Edition
7 800 
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21
AT
Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 ST
2 950 
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75
DE
Breitling Avenger E13360 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Super Avenger
2 788 
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114
CH
Heuer 1550SG Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
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Heuer Tag Heuer Bundeswehr Chronograph Handaufzug Ref. 1550sg...
3 860 
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2182
DE
Omega Speedmaster 522.30.42.30.03.001 New Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Imatra
Omega Speedmaster Tokyo 2020
8 190 
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12
FI
Maurice Lacroix Masterpiece MP6348-SS001-12E Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic
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1 850 
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215
DE
Heuer 2447D Very good Steel 36mm Chronograph Finland, Helsinki
Heuer Carrera 2447D "Cropped 50"
7 500 
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FI
Girard Perregaux 9010 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Chronograph Rattrapante Automatic Very Rare -...
3 650 
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567
NL
Omega Seamaster 176.010 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Yachting 176.010 top Vintage Waterproof - 70er
2 899 
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286
DE
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-0010100-X01402 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 002 (SPECIAL OFFER 52% OFF)
7 620 
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1424
ES
Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
2 450 
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75
DE
Universal Genève Compax 484.122/3363.CD Unworn Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Universal Genève SCONTO 50% Okeanos Compax Limited Edition...
7 950 
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IT
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 521.NX.1171.LR Very good Ceramic 46mm Automatic
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Hublot Classic Fusion 45mm Chronograph Herrenuhr 521.nx.1171.lr
7 460 
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2182
DE
Breitling Navitimer 806 Good Steel Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Breitling Navitimer 806 1966 41mm All original Super clean
3 790 
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111
FI
Fortis 7734 Valjoux Good Steel 40mm Manual winding
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Fortis Chronograph 70er
1 388 
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114
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.003-64 Good Steel 38mm Manual winding Finland, JYVÄSKYLÄ
Omega Speedmaster Ed White s105.003-64
9 900 
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FI
IWC Ingenieur AMG IW372503 Very good Titanium 42.5mm Automatic
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IWC Ingenieur AMG Titanium Chronograph 42.5MM - IW372503
3 300 
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567
NL
Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416711 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
1 475 
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140
ES
Eberhard & Co. Tazio Nuvolari 31030 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
Eberhard & Co. Eberhard Tazio Nuvolari "First Series" ref. 31030
1 400 
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423
IT
Zenith El Primero 410 03.2092.410/91.C496 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Zenith El Primero 410 Kalender
7 490 
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181
DE
Chopard Superfast 168523-3001 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
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Chopard SuperFast Chronograph Mint Box Papers ON SALE
3 126 
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140
US
Girard Perregaux Richeville 2750 Very good Steel 35.5mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Richeville Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr 2750
1 860 
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2182
DE
Omega Flightmaster 145.026 Good Steel 43mm Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Omega Flightmaster 43mm 1972 FactoryService 2018 Extract Omega
3 250 
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111
FI
Longines Heritage L2.808.4.52.0 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Longines Heritage 1967 Chrono (Schaltrad) L2.808.4.52.0
2 035 
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291
DE
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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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