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Zenith Defy El Primero 49.9000.9004/78.R582 New Ceramic 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, San Mateo
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$8,919
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Omega Speedmaster Date 323.30.40.40.06.001 New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Burlingame
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Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Automatic Grey Dial Men's Watch...
$4,039
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Rolex Daytona 116506 Unworn Platinum 40mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Platinum Ice Blue Index Dial Watch...
$127,299
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TAG Heuer Carrera CBG2016.FT6143 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Burlingame
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02 Automatic Black Skeleton...
$5,689
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Breitling Chronomat AB0134101 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Chronomat B01 Stainless Steel Blue Index Dial Watch...
$6,899
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
$5,000
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Daytona Black Dial Zenith SEL Box & Papers 16520
$34,999
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Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique 168992-9001 Unworn Titanium 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Irvine
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Chopard Grand Prix de Monaco Historique Titanium & Rose Gold...
$9,350
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Rose gold 40mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex 36018: Rolex 18k Rose Gold Daytona, Ref. 116505, 2011...
$55,000
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Breitling Avenger Skyland M1338010/B864 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois
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Breitling Avenger 45mm Skyland Blacksteel Limited Edition...
$3,886
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116688 Unworn Yellow gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, MIAMI
Rolex 116688 Yacht-Master II 18K Yellow Gold Men's Watch
$47,950
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Rolex Daytona 116509 New White gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Rolex Daytona Cosmograph Blue Dial model 116509
$55,885
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.60.42.50.01.001 Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Sedna Gold
$35,000
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Breitling Superocean Chronograph II U13313121 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Superocean Chronograph 44 Stainless Steel 18k Red...
$6,399
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Zenith 03.3100.3600/69.M3100 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Sunnyvale
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Zenith Chronomaster Sport 41mm
$11,500
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW395001 Very good Steel 46mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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IWC Pilot's Watch Timezoner Chronograph 2020 Box/Papers IW395001
$9,499
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Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 4820ST/D2/S76 Good Steel Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Breguet Type XX Transatl Antique 4820ST/H2/SW9
$4,599
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Breitling Navitimer Very good Steel Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Breitling Vintage 1959 Navitimer Ref. 806
$12,500
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.40.30.06.001 Very good Steel 39.7mm Manual winding United States of America, Illinois
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Omega 10th Anniversary Speedmaster Hodinkee Moonwatch 40mm...
$9,200
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Rolex Daytona 116506-0002 Unworn Platinum 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex IN STOCK UNWORN 116506 Platinum Daytona Baguette Ice...
$149,995
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Rolex Daytona Steel Ref. 116520 in New Old Stock Condition
$26,000
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fullerton
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Rolex Yacht-Master II Reference #: 116689
$35,000
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Breitling Super Avenger V13375101 Unworn Titanium 48mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Super Avenger Chronograph Night Mission DLC Coated...
$4,899
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Breitling Old Navitimer A13022 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Breitling Navitimer A13022, Serviced + Breitling Strap
$3,850
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 2020 Yacht-Master II 44mm New Style Card/Box/Papers 116680
$19,999
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Rolex Daytona 116505 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Daytona Rose Gold Black Dial Model: 116505
$48,999
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.003.64 Steel 38mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Omega M35737: Omega vintage 1964 "Ed White" Speedmaster, Ref....
$14,000
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Breitling Chronomat AB011610/BB08 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois
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Breitling 44 Flying Fish Chronomat Steel Extra Strap and Warranty
$5,234
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Rolex Daytona 116508 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 116508 Daytona 18K Yellow Gold Green Dial Men’s Watch
$80,995
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Patrizzi Watch Ref. 16520
$68,500
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW377717 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fullerton
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IWC Pilot's Watch Chronograph "Le Petit Prince" Reference #:...
$5,950
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Breitling Aviator 8 A45330101 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Navitimer Stainless Steel Day and Date Blue Arabic...
$3,799
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Santa Monica
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona Zenith 1998 U Serial SEL "Rolex...
$35,995
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A-001 New Steel 40.5mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5990/1A Unworn
$140,891
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Rolex Daytona 116528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Daytona "Paul Newman"
$45,999
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Rolex Daytona 116509 White gold 40mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Rolex M36036: Rolex 18k White Gold Daytona Blue Dial, Ref....
$52,500
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270R-001 Very good Rose gold 41mm Manual winding United States of America, Tennesse, Nashville
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar
$132,000
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex IN STOCK 116500 UNWORN 2020 Daytona White Dial Ceramic...
$37,995
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.003 Very good Steel 39.5mm Manual winding United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Omega Ed White Speedmaster Chronograph Watch Ref. 105.003
$14,500
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Breguet Type XX - XXI - XXII 3810ST/92/SZ9 Good Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fullerton
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Breguet Type XXI Reference #: 3810ST/92/SZ9
$7,600
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Breitling Superocean Heritage AB0162121B1A1 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Superocean Heritage Stainless Steel Black Index Dial...
$6,099
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
$5,300
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IWC Pilot Chronograph Top Gun IW389001 Good Ceramic 44mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Houston
IWC Chronograph Top Gun
$6,750
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Rolex Daytona 116528 Good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Daytona yellow gold "Paul Newman" dial model: 116528
$41,599
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Panerai Luminor Chrono PAM 356 Steel 44mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Panerai 35483: stainless steel Luminor Daylight Chronograph,...
$5,800
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Tennesse, Nashville
Rolex Daytona
$30,750
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Rolex Daytona 116515LN-0041 Unworn Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Rolex 116515LN Daytona Everose Gold Chocolate Dial Oysterflex...
$55,995
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26315OR.OO.1256 Very good Red gold 38mm Automatic United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Audemars Piguet Rose Gold Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26315OR
$75,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331BA.OO.1220BA.01 Good Yellow gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph YELLOW GOLD UNPOLISHED K...
$162,250
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Breitling A24322121 Unworn Steel 46mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Navitmer World Chronograph Black Dial Watch A24322121
$5,599
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2225.80.00 Good Steel 41.5mm Automatic United States of America, Arizona, SCOTTSDALE
Omega Seamaster Diver
$3,450
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Rolex Daytona White Dial 2021
$42,889
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IWC Pilot Chronograph IW3706 Good Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
IWC Chronograph Flieger
$3,499
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Tudor 7928/0 Steel 39mm United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Tudor M36011: Vintage 1967 Oyster Prince Submariner, Ref. 7928/0
$11,500
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 310.32.42.50.01.002 Unworn Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, Tennesse, Nashville
Omega Speedmaster Professional Sapphire
$7,350
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968A Unworn Steel 42.2mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Miami
Patek Philippe 5968A Aquanaut Stainless Steel Mens Watch
$145,995
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Rolex Daytona 16528 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Beverly Hills
Rolex Yellow Gold Cosmograph Floating Daytona Watch Ref. 16528
$60,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26237ST.OO.1000ST.01 New Steel 42mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Chicago
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
$39,875
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Breitling Avenger A13317101 Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
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Breitling Avenger Chronograph Fabric Stainless Steel Blue Dial...
$4,599
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Breitling Navitimer 8 M13314101B1X1 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Fullerton
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Breitling Navitimer 8 Chronograph Reference #: M13314101B1X1
$4,000
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.006 New Steel 42mm Manual winding United States of America, Georgia, Alpharetta
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
$6,149
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, West Palm Beach
Rolex Yacht-Master II 44mm Rose Gold/Stainless Steel
$23,999
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5070R Rose gold 42mm Chronograph United States of America, New Hampshire, Nashua
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Patek Philippe 36010: 18k Rose Gold Chronograph, Ref. 5070R,...
$74,000
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Chopard Mille Miglia 16/8331 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic United States of America, California, Upland
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Chopard Mille Miglia 8331 Automatic Mint Condition
$2,499
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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.