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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW390303 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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IWC Portugieser Chronograph Classic Automatic Blue Dial Men's...
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A1S.BA0799 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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C$ 4,092
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Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang 311.SM.1170.GR New Steel 44mm Automatic
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C$ 16,865
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 New White gold 44mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Unworn Steel 42mm Manual winding Canada, Abbotsford
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C$ 8,500
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 2020
C$ 38,891
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Breitling Chronomat Colt A17388101 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling New Colt Automatic Leather Stainless Steel Blue Dial...
C$ 3,410
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298
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Zenith Port Royal 95.0102.418 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Zenith Triple Calendar El Primero Port Royal, Zenith Serviced
C$ 14,769
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CH
Fortis 401.21.11M New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis Classic Cosmonauts Steel p.m.
C$ 3,924
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98
JP
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860ST.OO.1110ST.05 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Silver/White 39mm...
C$ 35,478
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Chronoswiss Opus CH7520S Very good Platinum 38mm Automatic
Chronoswiss Opus Skeleton 950 Platin Chronograph Automatik...
C$ 20,523

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Breitling Bentley 6.75 A44362 Very good Steel 48mm Automatic Canada, Toronto
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Breitling for Bentley 6.75 (A44362)
C$ 5,985
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Bulgari Diagono SD40S RE Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Bulgari Diagono Pro Aqua Regatta Chronograph 40mm B&P
C$ 6,229
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442
PL
TAG Heuer Carrera CBG2A10.FT6168 Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic Canada, Abbotsford
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre Heuer 02
C$ 6,500
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CA
Breitling Super Avenger II A1337111.C871 New Steel 48mm Automatic
Breitling Super Avenger II
C$ 5,800
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Breitling AB0118A21 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Premier B01 Stainless Steel Black Dial Norton...
C$ 9,005
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298
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Longines Good Steel 48mm Manual winding
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Longines Vintage Chronograph / Big Watch 49mm
C$ 1,581
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222
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Bell & Ross BR 03-94 Chronographe BR 03-94 RS17 New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR 0394-RS17
C$ 9,811
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98
JP
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV201AG.BA0725 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 41mm Day-Date Chronograph with...
C$ 2,932
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.0300 Very good Gold/Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 15 Limitiert Stahl / Gold...
C$ 10,940

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Breitling for Bentley AB0118A11L1A1 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Canada, North Vancouver
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Breitling for Bentley
C$ 7,500
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IWC Portuguese Yacht Club Chronograph IW390507 Very good Steel 43.5mm Automatic
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IWC Portugieser Yacht Club Chronograph Blue Box/Papers/Card ...
C$ 10,915
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW390405 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic Canada, Abbotsford
IWC Portuguese Chronograph Flyback Pink Gold
C$ 19,800
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CA
Baume & Mercier Classima M0A08693 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
Baume & Mercier Classima
C$ 2,729
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Frederique Constant Manufacture FC-760DG4H9 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Frederique Constant Manufacture Flyback Chronograph rose gold...
C$ 14,614
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Q1752440 Very good Rose gold 41.5mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Compressor Chronograph Q1752440
C$ 17,467
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223
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts 638.10.11M.BI New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis Officail Cosmonauts Chronograph 638 Blue Impulse 50...
C$ 4,709
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JP
Breitling Navitimer A26322 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
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Breitling 43mm 125th Anniversary Navitimer
C$ 6,062
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Cartier Ballon Bleu 3109 Very good Steel 43.5mm Automatic
Cartier Ballon Bleu de Cartier Chronograph Automatik Herren...
C$ 8,864

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Breitling H13356 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic Canada, Ohsweken
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Breitling Crosswind Special limitee a 25 exemplaires
C$ 80,000
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Breitling Super Avenger II M133715N Very good Steel 48mm Automatic
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Breitling Super Avenger II Chronograph Blacksteel Box/Papers/C...
C$ 10,915
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CBM2112.BA0651 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic Canada, Abbotsford
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
C$ 5,000
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29
CA
Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
C$ 35,478
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Rolex Daytona 116509 Unworn White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Blue Dial White Gold 116509
C$ 62,698
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UK
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970 J Unworn Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
C$ 134,412
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Sinn Art-Nr. 158.010 New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Sinn 158 The traditional bicompax chronograph limited500
C$ 5,625
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 69 ST Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega : Speedmaster 'Straight Line' Chronograph: 145.022 69 ST...
C$ 24,481
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Blancpain Villeret Very good Steel 38mm Automatic
Blancpain Villeret Monopoussoir Chronograph Automatik Stahl...
C$ 9,343

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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar IW3750-34 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic Canada, Montréal
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IWC Da Vinci Perpetual Calendar
C$ 14,500
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Omega Speedmaster 311.10.39.30.01.001 Very good Steel 38.6mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster 1957 Chronograph
C$ 8,733
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US
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.63.44.51.99.001 Unworn Ceramic Automatic Canada, Abbotsford
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Meteorite
C$ 20,000
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CA
Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
C$ 39,573
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28
US
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5970J-001 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe 5970J Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Moonphase...
C$ 198,548
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 3970 EG Transitional Series New White gold 36mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
C$ 159,657
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US
Hublot King Power 703.CI.1129.NR.USB12 Very good Ceramic 48mm Automatic
Hublot King Power Usain Bolt 703.CI.1129.NR.USB12
C$ 18,695
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223
US
Omega Speedmaster 2998 Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster 2998 .The first watch in space
C$ 37,963
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UK
Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe A13313161C1S1 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic Canada, Blainville
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe
C$ 5,185
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Omega Speedmaster 324.30.38.50.03.002 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster 324.30.38.50.03.002 Chronograph 38mm...
C$ 5,165
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774
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.93.44.51.03.001 Very good Titanium 44.2mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Titanium Co-Axial Chronograph Moonwatch
C$ 10,780
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US
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A1U.BA0738 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic Canada, Abbotsford
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
C$ 5,300
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29
CA
TAG Heuer Carrera Heuer-02T CAR5A8K.FT6172 New Titanium 45mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Calibre HEUER 02T Nanograph
C$ 28,656
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Girard Perregaux 49931 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic Canada, Oakville
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Girard Perregaux BMW Oracle Racing limited Edition of 750
C$ 4,990
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9000.9004/78.R582 Unworn Titanium 44mm Automatic
Zenith Defy El Primero 21 Chronograph Titanium 44mm ref....
C$ 15,010
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32
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Longines Longines Single Button Flyback Chronostop Ref 5681 Very good Steel 37.5mm Manual winding
Longines Ref 5681
C$ 40,938
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Franck Muller Vanguard V45 CC DT TT BR.5N New Titanium 44mm Automatic
Franck Muller Vanguard Chronograph V45 CC DT TT BR.5N
C$ 13,237
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223
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371202 Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding
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IWC : Portuguese Chronograph Rattrapante : IW371202 : ...
C$ 8,733
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.63.44.52.02.001 New Yellow gold Automatic
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Omega Moonphase Speedmaster 304.63.44.52.02.001 Yellow Gold...
C$ 28,636
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Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5905R-001 Unworn Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Flyback Chronograph Annual Calendar 18K Rose...
C$ 79,828
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430
US
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2A83.FC6393 Unworn Titanium 43mm Automatic Canada, Abbotsford
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 Chronograph
C$ 6,000
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CA
Breitling Bentley 6.75 K44362 Unworn Rose gold Automatic
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Breitling Bentley 6.75
C$ 19,787
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US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic Canada, Calgary
Rolex Daytona
C$ 21,500
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Rolex Daytona 6263 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
Rolex Vintage Oyster Daytona Chronograph 6263 "Red" Steel
C$ 102,344
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Universal Genève Compax 22414 Good Steel 38mm Manual winding
Universal Genève Aero-Compax
C$ 23,880
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize 2CCAU.B34A New Steel 47mm Automatic
Graham Chronofighter Oversize Sniper 2CCAU.B34A
C$ 10,234
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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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