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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A1V.BA0738 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.20416.4061/51.C700 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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IWC Portofino Chronograph IW391027 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Hublot Spirit of Big Bang 601.NX.0173.LR New Titanium 45mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330N Good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Tudor Monte Carlo 70330N Gray Dial Box Papers 2017
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Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Manhattan
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize 2CCAU.B34A New Steel 47mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize Sniper 2CCAU.B34A
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV201AG.BA0725 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 41mm Day-Date Chronograph with...
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 232.63.46.51.01.001 Very good Rose gold 45.5mm Automatic United States of America, Wisconsin, La Crosse
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
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Rolex Unworn Daytona Oysterflex White Gold 2020 Box/Papers/Car...
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Omega Speedmaster Reduced 175.0032 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Pembroke Pines
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Omega Vintage Speedmaster Reduced rare first generation...
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Franck Muller Casablanca 9880 C CC DT NR New Steel 60mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Northfield
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Franck Muller Casablanca
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377714 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, Virginia, Williamsburg
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IWC Pilot Chronograph - Petit Prince Blue - 377714
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.40.30.06.001 Good Steel 39.7mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Mk40 Hodinkee 10th Anniversary Full Set
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320ST.OO.1220ST.01 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Manhattan
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
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Graham Chronofighter 2CVAS.B28A New Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
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Graham Chronofighter Vintage Dia de los Muertos COCO 2CVAS.B28A
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Breitling Navitimer A26322 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Breitling 43mm 125th Anniversary Navitimer
$3,842
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Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver 8006-102-3a/91 Very good Rose gold 42.7mm Automatic United States of America, Wisconsin, La Crosse
Ulysse Nardin Maxi Marine Diver Chronograph Rose Gold 43mm
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860ST.OO.1110ST.05 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Silver/White 39mm...
$24,999
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Hublot King Power 709.CI.1190.GR Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
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Hublot King Power Vendom Split Second
$12,000
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Chopard Mille Miglia 168543-3001 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Northfield
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Chopard Jacky Ickx Edition V
$5,350
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Omega Seamaster Aqua Terra 231.10.44.50.06.001 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Pembroke Pines
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$3,480
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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 42000CR Good Ceramic 42mm Automatic
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Tudor Fastrider Black Shield 42000CR Box Papers 2017
$2,900
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26480TI.OO.A027CA.01 Unworn Titanium 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Manhattan
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore
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Graham Mercedes GP 2MEBS.B02A Good Steel 48mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
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Graham GP Silverstone Chronograph Mercedes 2MEBS.B02A
$3,500
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Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.4069/51.C805 New Steel 38mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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$5,450
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Omega Speedmaster Racing 3519.50.00 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, Wisconsin, La Crosse
Omega Speedmaster Date Racing Schumacher Limited Edition...
$2,497
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM11-03 Very good Carbon 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Richard Mille McLaren Carbon TPT Automatic Flyback Chronograph...
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TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T CAR5A8K.FT6172 New Titanium 45mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
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TAG Heuer Calibre HEUER 02T Nanograph
$21,000
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Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars 25859ST Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Audemars Piguet Jules Audemars
$9,500
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 44mm W6920002 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Pembroke Pines
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 44mm Chronograph Silver Dial Automatic
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Heuer 11630 Good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Heuer Autavia Automatic Cal 12 11630
$3,450
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320OR.OO.1220OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Manhattan
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
$69,990
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5970J-001 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Patek Philippe 5970J Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Moonphase...
$145,500
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Breitling Aviator 8 AB0920131B1X1 New Steel 41mm Manual winding United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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Breitling Pilot Chronograph Avi Ref. 765 1953 Re-edition
$7,950
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Breitling Chronomat 44 HB0110 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Santa Monica
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Breitling Chronomat 44 18K Rose Gold Complete Set
$29,500
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5980/1R-001 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Patek Philippe Sealed Nautilus Rose Gold Chronograph 40MM...
$209,099
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Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA RJ.T.CH.SP.003.01 New Gold/Steel 50mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
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Romain Jerome Steampunk Chrono
$13,500
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean Chronograph 232.92.46.51.03.001 Very good Titanium 45.5mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean
$6,500
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, ATLANTA
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Rolex Daytona 116520
$22,400
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Omega Speedmaster 324.30.38.50.03.002 New Steel 38mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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$3,785
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 Pristine Condition
$21,549
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Rolex Daytona 6263 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Rolex Vintage Oyster Daytona Chronograph 6263 "Red" Steel
$75,000
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun IW389101 New Ceramic 44.5mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Oradell
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IWC Pilot Chronograph - Top Gun - Ceramic 44.5mm
$7,250
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A. Lange & Söhne Datograph 410.025 Very good Platinum 41mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Perpetual Calendar
$82,895
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.PB.131.RX Unworn Rose gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Hublot Big Bang Rose Gold Ceramic Watch 01.PB.131.RX
$22,299
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize 2CCAU.B34A New Steel 47mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize Sniper Military Spetsnaz
$6,900
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Omega Speedmaster 2998-2 Very good Steel 39mm Chronograph United States of America, Texas, Austin
Omega Speedmaster 2998-2 w/ Original Base 1000 Bezel + Extracts
$37,500
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, Wisconsin, La Crosse
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Black Dial Hesalite...
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.63.44.52.02.001 New Yellow gold Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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$20,985
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 Very good Yellow gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
Rolex Yacht-Master II 2008 Pristine Condition 116688
$38,399
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Rolex Daytona Cosmograph White Dial Stainless Steel 40mm ref....
$24,500
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377709 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, Virginia, Williamsburg
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Classic - 377709 - Black
$4,995
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Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe 5200 1110 B52A Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Irvine
Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe Chronograph Stainless Steel
$9,895
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Rolex Daytona 116509 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona White Gold Blue Index Dial Watch 116509
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Breitling Chronomat UB0134101B1U1 New Gold/Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Aventura
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Breitling Chronomat B01
$10,000
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Good Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Santa Monica
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Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Chocolate Dial
$42,950
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.2040.4061/52.C700 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Chino Hills
Zenith El Primero Chronomaster
$4,880
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV201AK.FT6040 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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TAG Heuer CV201AK.FT6040 Carrera Calibre 16 Chrono 41mm
$3,485
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Rolex Daytona 116503 New Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, Totowa
Rolex Daytona 116503 NEW CARD 2020 White Dial
$20,395
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9000.9004/78.R582 Unworn Titanium 44mm Automatic United States of America, Massachusetts, Boston
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph Titanium 44mm ref....
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Breitling Navitimer A24322 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Navitimer A24322 mens Watch Box Papers
$3,999
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 402.026 Very good White gold 39.5mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Irvine
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Chronograph White Gold
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM11-03 Very good Titanium 50mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Richard Mille RM11-03 49MM Flyback Chronograph Titanium Watch
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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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