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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Ceramic - White Dial - 2017 Full Set
28 698
+ €59 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116515ln Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
chocolate dial 116515LN OYSTERFLEX ROSE GOLD ( FULL SET + SERVICE ROLEX CARD)
32 990
+ €39 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860ST.OO.1110ST.01 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
25860ST.OO.1110ST.01
47 009
Free shipping
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 49150/B01A-9095 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Full set (2009) Factory Service 2021
26 950
+ €20 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.30.42.50.01.002 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, Oulu
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Co-Axial Master Chronometer
6 900
+ €59 for shipping
Heuer 3647 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Heuer
Carrera Cal. 92 aus Erstbesitz im original Zustand aus den 60 ern
5 999
+ €65 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.63.42.50.02.001 New White gold 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Whitegold Boutiquen Exclusiv
37 929
+ €60 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26240ST.OO.1320ST.04 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
Selfwinding Chronograph “50th Anniversary”
124 900
+ €99 for shipping
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 403.035 Very good Platinum 39mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph
403.035 Datograph Flyback Platinum (Full Set)
74 928
+ €296 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced
3510.50.00 / BOX & PAPERS / 1996 / Automatic / Chronograph / 39mm
3 274
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Zenith Ref. 16520 W Serial "PATRIZZI" Dial Full Set
40 900
+ €149 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Cosmograph Daytona Custom Limited Edition by BV 35 Dlc - Pvd
35 947
+ €350 for shipping
Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date 1-37-01-03-02-71 Very good Steel Automatic Finland, Siilinjarvi
Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date
1-37-01-03-02-71
13 795
+ €20 for shipping
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1A-001 Very good Steel 40.5mm Automatic Finland, Oulu
Patek Philippe Nautilus
Full set Patek service 2019
109 900
+ €59 for shipping
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
Rolex Yacht-Master II
116681
19 900
+ €20 for shipping
Chopard Superfast 168542-3001 New Steel 45mm Automatic
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Chopard Superfast
Split Second Superfast Chronograph Limited Edition
8 284
+ €60 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
116519 Daytona 18K W/G Rare Tahitian Diamond Dial Paper&Box 2008
39 999
+ €69 for shipping
Citizen AH4080-01Z New Steel 43mm Quartz
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Citizen
Campanola Complication minute repeater
3 051
Free shipping
Omega Speedmaster Day Date 3523.30.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Day Date
3523.30.00 / BOX & PAPERS / 2003 / Automatic / Chronograph / 39mm
2 557
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Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
Ref. 116523 V serial Grey Dial Full Set Excellent Conditions
20 900
+ €149 for shipping
Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime AB0510U4/BB62 New Steel 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime
NOS Stickers
6 865
Free shipping
Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts 638.10.11M.BI New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts
Chronograph 50 pieces Limited Edition
2 615
Free shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.012 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Vintage Speedmaster 145.012 Cal 321
7 099
+ €72 for shipping
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A11.BA0796 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
CV2A11.BA0796
2 750
+ €20 for shipping
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Chronograph 01 774 7699 4063-07 8 22 19 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Oris Big Crown ProPilot Chronograph
01 774 7699 4063-07 8 22 19
2 761
+ €60 for shipping
Rolex Daytona 116519 Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona
116519 Daytona 18K White Gold Black Diamond Dial Paper&Box 2007
33 999
+ €69 for shipping
Citizen AH4080-52A New Steel 43mm Quartz
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Citizen
Campanola Complication minute repeater chronograph
3 051
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Omega Speedmaster Day Date 3523.80.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Day Date
3523.80.00 / BOX & PAPERS / Blue Dial / Automatic / 39mm / 2002
2 864
Free shipping
Sinn 303 303.010 Good Steel Automatic Finland, Porvoo
Sinn 303
Chronograph Corvette Limited Edition
1 550
+ €10 for shipping
Breitling Navitimer K30022 Very good Yellow gold 38mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer
92 18K (0,750) Gelbgold TOP SELTEN
7 230
+ €95 for shipping

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Fortis 401.21.12M New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis
Classic Cosmonauts Steel a.m.
2 179
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Heuer 110.503 Fair Steel 42mm Automatic
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Heuer
Vintage Montreal Cal. 12 SERVICED
4 821
+ €72 for shipping
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.SX.7717.NR.1977 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic Finland, Jyväskylä
Hublot Big Bang 41 mm
Snow Leopard
7 950
+ €20 for shipping
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CBK2112.BA0715 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
Chronograph Dark Blue
3 438
+ €60 for shipping
Cvstos Challenge Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Cvstos Challenge
II Black Chrono
9 999
+ €50 for shipping
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26239OR.OO.1220OR.02 Very good Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
26239OR.OO.1220OR.02
119 900
+ €89 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Date 3210.50 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Date
3210.50 / BOX & PAPERS / 2010 / Automatic / Chronograph / 40mm
3 274
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Oris Carl Brashear 01 771 7744 3185-Set LS Very good Bronze 43mm Automatic Finland, Porvoo
Oris Carl Brashear
Limited Edition Carl Chronograph
2 950
+ €10 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3572.50.00 Fair Steel 42mm Manual winding Finland, tuusula
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
”with tritium dial”
3 999
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Sinn U1000 1011.020 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Sinn U1000
U1000.S MOTHER EARTH 80 pieces Limited edition
6 828
Free shipping
Fortis 8001 Fair Steel 39mm Manual winding
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Fortis
Vintage Marinemaster Chronograph Ref. 8001 Valjoux 72
3 796
+ €72 for shipping
Breitling 789 Fair Steel Manual winding Finland, Jyväskylä
Breitling
Premier Chronograph
2 800
+ €20 for shipping
TAG Heuer Monaco CBL2115.FC6494 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco
X Gulf
6 668
+ €60 for shipping
Chopard Mille Miglia 1254 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Chopard Mille Miglia
Chronograph Limited 250 Pieces Yellow Gold
7 500
Free shipping
Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe PT6178-SS001-330-1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Maurice Lacroix Pontos Chronographe
Automatique Herrenuhr ETA Valjoux 7750 Automatik PT6178-SS001-330-1
1 663
Free shipping
Omega Speedmaster Day Date 3221.30.00 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Day Date
3221.30.00 / BOX & PAPERS / Automatic / Chronograph / 40mm / 2008
3 172
Free shipping
Zenith Pilot Type 20 03.2240.4069/21.C774 New Steel 43mm Automatic Finland, Porvoo
Zenith Pilot
Cronometro Tipo Cp-2 Limited Edition
6 000
+ €10 for shipping
IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377714 Good Steel 43mm Automatic Finland, Turku
IWC Pilot Chronograph
IW377714
4 253
Excl. shipping
Private Seller
Fortis 656.10.10M New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis
Aeromaster Steel Chronograph 42mm
2 687
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Enicar 072-01-03 Good Steel 37mm Chronograph
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Enicar
Vintage Valjoux 72 Chronograph Gerhard Mitter
3 642
+ €72 for shipping
Montblanc 1858 MB125583 Unworn Bronze 42mm Automatic
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Montblanc 1858
Monopusher Chronograph (Limited Edition)
3 586
Free shipping
Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph AB01219A1G1X1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph
43 TWA
6 929
+ €60 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster 378.0801 / 178.0002 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster
vintage Speedmaster 125 Omega Service 09/2022 Full Set
5 250
+ €65 for shipping
Breitling Navitimer A23322 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Navitimer
Polished Navitimer Chronograph Automatic Blck Dial A23322
3 486
+ €58 for shipping
Omega Speedmaster Reduced 3510.50.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced
3510.50.00 / BOX & PAPERS / 1999 / Automatic / Chronograph / 39mm
3 274
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25721ST.OO.1000ST.07.A Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
THE BEAST
31 950
+ €99 for shipping
Zenith Defy El Primero 49.9000.9004/78.R782 Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic Finland, Espoo
Zenith Defy El Primero
21
7 490
Excl. shipping
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Fortis 656.10.55M New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis
AEROMASTER PC-7 TEAM EDITION CHRONOGRAPH LIMITED TO 300 PIECE
4 067
Free shipping
Enicar 072-02-02 Good Steel 40mm Manual winding
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Enicar
Vintage Aqua Graph Paddle Hands all original
8 514
+ €72 for shipping
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 New Yellow gold 44mm Automatic
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Rolex Yacht-Master II
116688
45 745
+ €49 for shipping
Breitling Chrono-Matic (submodel) A41360 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Finland, HELSINKI
Breitling Chrono-Matic
44mm Automatic
2 999
+ €10 for shipping
Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic A13035.1 Good Steel 41,5mm Automatic
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Breitling Colt Chronograph Automatic
A13035.1
2 100
+ €45 for shipping
Breitling Avenger E13360 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Avenger
Chronograph 44mm Titanium Automatic
2 895
+ €79 for shipping

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.