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IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph IW378401 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic
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IWC Big Ingenieur Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
7 620
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Breitling Crosswind Racing A13055 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Breitling Crosswind Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
2 700
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback 51.2061.405/75.M2060 Unworn Gold/Steel 45.5mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback Chronograph 51.2061.405/75.M...
9 900
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Zenith Defy El Primero 96.0525.4000 Very good Titanium 46mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Defy Xtreme Chronograph Automatik Titan Ref....
4 510
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph A23370 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean Heritage 44 Chronograph Automatik...
3 920
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 410.038 New White gold 41mm Manual winding Finland, Oulu
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Complete set 2021
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 24.2041.400/21.R576 Very good Aluminum 42mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 2019
5 495
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic Finland, Helsinki
Rolex Daytona "Panda" New, Unworn 3/2022
55 290
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Zenith Chronomaster Sport 03.3100.3600/21.M3100 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Zenith Chronomaster New Unworn Giffted with Original Strap &...
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Baume & Mercier Capeland MOA10084 Unworn Steel Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Baume & Mercier Capeland
3 137
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26238TI.OO.A056CA.01 New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph "Green"...
62 500
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Breitling A007G-1KBA New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling PREMIER B01 CHRONOGRAPH42 See-through back AB0118221...
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TAG Heuer Carrera CBN2A1B.BA0643 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Chronograph
4 788
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4,92 (340)
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 212.30.44.50.01.001 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300M Co-Axial Chronograph 212.30.44.50.0...
4 350
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Lady 18.1230.4002 Very good Rose gold 37mm Automatic
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Zenith Chronomaster Star El Primero 18KT Rose Gold
8 995
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Graham 2LIAS Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Graham Foudroyante Chronograph Lightning Rattrapante
5 500
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IWC Portofino Chronograph IW391008 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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IWC Portofino Chronograph
4 400
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Omega Speedmaster Date 3513.53 Very good Steel Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Date Automatic 3513.53 Japan Edition Very...
2 350
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SX.130.RX Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Finland, Espoo
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm
7 400
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun IW379901 Very good Ceramic 46mm Automatic
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IWC "Top Gun" Rattrapante Chronograph
9 000
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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...
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph AB0162121B1A1 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph B01
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Breitling Chronomat J13050.1 Very good White gold 39mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat Chronograph 18K Weissgold Automatik...
8 010
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.012-65 Fair Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Omega Speedmaster Professional 105.012-65 42mm All original
8 995
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Rolex Daytona 16523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Zenith ref. 16523 S serial White dial Like NOS...
31 000
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Zenith El Primero 59.0010.400 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Pacific
4 200
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Rolex Daytona 116518LN Unworn Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona - Full-Stickers
45 500
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Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph 521.NX.1171.LR Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic Finland, Sipoo
Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph
6 500
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Lemania Good Steel 40mm Manual winding
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Breitling B-1 A117B-1NP New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling PREMIER CHRONOGRAPH42 A13315351B1A1
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime RB0510U4/BB63 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime 750 Rosegold
17 709
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Zenith El Primero 17.0240.410 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Chronograph 18K Gold 17.0240.410
11 750
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph A2337036/BB81 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronograph GREEN 44mm Unworn...
5 990
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 Very good Yellow gold 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Yachtmaster II, Full Set (Rolex Service 2022)
47 829
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme PT6028-ALB11-331 New Titanium 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos S Extreme Automatik Chronograph...
2 065
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Omega Speedmaster 522.30.42.30.03.001 Unworn Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Tokyo Olympic 2020 Anniversary model...
7 461
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Daniel Roth S247 Very good White gold 38mm Automatic
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Daniel Roth Masters Chronograph S247 White Gold 18k Blue Dial...
19 995
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4,92 (689)
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Rolex Daytona 116503 New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona ref. 116503 Black dial - unused - new full set 2020
29 000
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Breitling A007C-1NP New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling PREMIER B01 CHRONOGRAPH42 See-through back A007C-1NP
7 098
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4,95 (195)
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAY211Z.BA0926 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M Chronograph Panoramadatum
3 334
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Chronoswiss Kairos CH-2324 Very good Gold/Steel 38mm Manual winding
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Chronoswiss Kairos Chronograph Stahl / Gold Handaufzug...
5 840
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Breitling Navitimer 806 Fair Steel Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Breitling Navitimer AOPA 806 41mm 1956 All Black Superb
8 990
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TAG Heuer Monaco CBL2113.BA0644 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer MONACO CBL2113.BA0644
4 450
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe PT6178-SS001-330-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe Automatique Herrenuhr ETA...
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TAG Heuer Monaco CW2111 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic Calibre 17 Plexi
2 995
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Cartier Calibre de Cartier Chronograph W7100042 Very good Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic
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Cartier Calibre De Cartier Chronograph Steel & Gold 42mm FULL SET
9 730
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution A1335653 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution Diamonds
7 950
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Sinn U1000 1011.020 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Sinn U1000.S MOTHER EARTH 80 pieces Limited edition
6 048
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TAG Heuer Carrera CBG2A1Z.BA0658 New Steel 45mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Twin-Time
5 471
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Chronograph IW387802 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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IWC Spitfire Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Ref....
6 750
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Heuer 345 Fair Steel 36mm Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer Ref. 345 1940 36mm Valjoux 71 All Original
2 999
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968A-001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph Stainless Steel 5968A-001...
195 556
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Heuer 110.503 Fair Steel 42mm Automatic
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Heuer Vintage Montreal Cal. 12 SERVICED
5 055
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TAG Heuer Monaco CW2117 Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco Automatic "Albino"
3 250
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Breitling Blackbird A13350 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat Blackbird A13350 / BOX & PAPERS 1999 /...
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Franck Muller 7000 DF Very good Platinum 39mm Automatic
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Franck Muller Telemetre Double Face Chronograph Platinum...
24 999
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Breitling A13315351C1KBA New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling PREMIER CHRONOGRAPH42 A13315351C1KBA
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TAG Heuer Carrera CBM2112.BA0651 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph Date 41mm Blue
3 850
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Breitling Chrono Cockpit A13358 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Breitling Chrono Cockpit MOP Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
2 550
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Heuer 73363 Fair Steel Manual winding Finland, HELSINKI
Heuer Autavia "Gilles Villeneuve Colors" 43mm
6 995
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980R-001 Very good Rose gold 40.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus Rose Gold 5980R-001 - Just Serviced 24...
166 938
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Lemania 9802 Fair Steel 43.5mm Automatic
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Lemania Vintage Cal. 1341 diver chronograph, Ref. 9802
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV201AP.FC6429 Good Steel 41mm Automatic Finland, Tampere
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
2 498
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.61.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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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.