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Rolex Submariner Date 16610LV Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, California, Chino Hills
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Rolex Submariner Date 16610lv "m" Engraved Green Kermit 50th...
$17,500
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Ball Trainmaster NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH New Steel 39.5mm Automatic United States of America, New Jersey, River Edge
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Ball NM3888D-LL1CJ-WH Trainmaster Alligator Strap LIMITED...
$2,124
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Austin
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Rolex : Cosmograph Daytona Chronograph: 116500LN : Stainless...
$32,950
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Rolex Day-Date II 218238 Very good 41mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Austin
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Rolex : Day-Date II President : 218238 : 18k Gold : champagne...
$47,695
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Austin
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Rolex : Daytona Cosmograph Chronograph: 116520 : Stainless...
$29,900
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Tudor Black Bay 79230R-0003 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Hollywood
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Tudor Black Bay Heritage 79230R 41mm Stainless Steel - April...
$3,550
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 212.30.41.20.03.001 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Pasadena
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Omega 41mm Seamaster — Serviced by Omega in August 2021 — Box...
$4,150
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Breitling Navitimer AB01211B1B1A1 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, Kentucky, Lexington
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Breitling Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 Swissair AB0121
$5,050
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.30.44.21.01.001 Very good Steel 43.5mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Omega 2021 Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 43.5mm Box/Cards...
$5,249
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.30.44.52.01.001 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Moonphase 44mm Chronometer Steel...
$8,150
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Rolex GMT-Master II 16710T New Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex GMT-Master II UN-WORN Boxes Papers Pepsi Blue Red Bezel...
$19,378
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 215.30.44.21.01.001 Very good Steel 43.5mm Automatic United States of America, California, Newport Beach, Orange County, CA
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Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean 600M 43.5mm
$4,795
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex 126600 Red Sea-Dweller 43mm 50th Anniversary Steel MK2
$15,800
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Rolex Day-Date 40 228235-0006 New Rose gold 40mm Automatic United States of America, Illinois, Springfield
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Rolex Day-Date 40 BNIB 2021
$49,799
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Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
Rolex 2021 Datejust 41 Blue Index Dial Jubilee NEW 126334...
$14,495
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Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M 2254.50.00 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Tennesse, Nashville
Omega Seamaster Diver 300 M
$3,950
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Rolex Datejust 126334 New White gold 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 41 Black Index Fluted Oyster Box/Papers/Card...
$12,999
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Rolex Submariner "Date" 41mm Black Ceramic
$17,995
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Rolex GMT-Master II 16710T Very good Steel 40mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex GMT-Master II Boxes Papers Pepsi Blue Red Bezel Stainles...
$18,193
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Sea-Dweller Steel 43mm Black Dial 126600
$15,999
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Ulysse Nardin El Toro / Black Toro 326-00-3 New Rose gold 43mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Ft lauderdale
Ulysse Nardin El Toro Perpetual
$45,407
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 Jaeger-Lecoultre E168 Geophysic 1958 Very good Steel Manual winding United States of America, New York, Westchester
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic E168 Amagnetic
$46,000
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Rolex Sea-Dweller 126600 New Steel 43mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
Rolex Sea-Dweller SD43 126600 NEW 50th Anniversary
$15,995
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642
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Rolex Day-Date 36 18239B Very good 36mm United States of America, Texas, Dallas
Rolex Day-date President Tridor 18239b 18k Gold Champagne...
$18,350
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Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, California, Los Angeles
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Rolex Datejust 41 Rhodium Diamond Fluted Jubilee Box/Papers/Ca...
$14,999
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Rolex Datejust 126334 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Rolex Datejust 41 Stainless Steel 126334
$12,250
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Rolex Datejust 126334 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Pennsylvania, HARRISBURG
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Rolex Datejust 41 Wimbledon Slate Dial Fluted Bezel Jubilee...
$16,939
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Rolex Submariner (No Date) 124060 New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, New York, New York
Rolex Submariner No Date 41mm Steel 124060
$14,040
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Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion 525.OX.0180.LR New Rose gold 45mm Automatic United States of America, New York, Brooklyn
Hublot Classic Fusion Aerofusion Chronograph 45mm Rose Gold
$26,950
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Parmigiani Fleurier Toric PFC423-1600201-HA1241 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic United States of America, Texas, Austin
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Parmigiani Fleurier : Toric Chronometre Grand : PFC423-1600201...
$15,950
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic 1958 E168 Very good Rose gold 35.3mm Manual winding United States of America, New York, Westchester
Jaeger-LeCoultre Geophysic E168
$42,000
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Rolex Submariner Date 126610LN New Steel 41mm Automatic United States of America, Florida, Orlando
Rolex 2021 Submariner Date 126610 LN 41MM NEW
$15,995
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Chronometer - Certified Precision

"Chronometer" may sound like a fancy name for a normal watch - after all, it just comes from the Greek words for "time" and "measure" - but chronometers are really something quite special. Chronometers are watches, yes, but watches that have been tried and tested and certified to meet exacting precision standards. The COSC in Switzerland determines which watches may actually call themselves "chronometers".


The Oceanic Origins of Chronometers

Though the Swiss set the standard, the English coined the word. In the quest to calculate the longitude, the Englishman Jeremy Thacker, a clockmaker of extraordinary skill, created a series of increasingly accurate clocks, well beyond what had had previously been achieved. The clocks were intended to be used aboard ships and had to keep absolutely accurate time in order to allow for calculating longitude precisely, and thus fixing the position of the ship in the vast ocean. The last of Thacker's chronometers was actually more like a very large pocket watch.

Other clockmakers - and increasingly watchmakers - copied from and improved upon Thacker's final chronometer, producing watches of greater and greater precision. The original standards for accuracy were actually far more exacting than those currently maintained by the COSC in Switzerland, so very few watches were certified as chronometers and thus very few were actually produced and sold. The original chronometer requirements for mechanical watches are no longer necessary, since digital watches can already exceed them, but chronometers are still manufactured and sold (and resold) today as examples of extremely fine precision engineering. The use of jewels and precious metals in watches owes its origins to chronometers - these materials were used to make the mechanical movements as precise as possible.


Officially Certified Chronometers

Chronometers are no longer rare. More than a million Officially Certified Chronometer certificates are issued each year. Those watches that pass the most rigorous of the COSG's tests are rewarded with a special serial number and, indeed, the right to call themselves "chronometers" at all. Chronometers must meet several requirements: they must display the seconds; they must be highly precise; they must demonstrate that precision over the course of several consecutive days of testing; they must perform precisely in different positions and at different temperatures.


Chronometers in Everyday Use

This may sound extreme, but such reliability was crucial for individuals and groups that had to rely on the precision of portable mechanical timekeepers in the past. Pilots watches, for instance, needed to perform as chronometers (and those that did not had to be hackable). The famous B-Uhren, commissioned by the German Luftwaffe and manufactured by several companies, were chronometer-certified pilots watches - or chronometers that were used as pilots watches, depending on your perspective. Interestingly, despite the many years between Thacker's invention and the production of the B-Uhren, chronometers were still tightly bound to use in navigation.

First at sea, then in the air. And, still today, at sea again - or at least under it. Some diving watches, like the Rolex submariner, are also certified chronometers. Divers must be able to reliably track how long they've been under and how much time they have to surface.

Though their accuracy may have been eclipsed by digital watches, chronometers are still useful today.