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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320ST.OO.1220ST.01 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 41mm Stainless Steel...
C$ 35,523
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26405CE.OO.A002CA.02 Unworn Ceramic 44mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
C$ 46,529
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Tudor Heritage Chrono 70330N New
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Tudor Heritage Chrono Grey / Steel Ø42.00 mm - 70330N
C$ 4,232
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Hublot Big Bang Aero Bang 311.SM.1170.GR New Steel 44mm Automatic
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C$ 16,347
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Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH 03.2040.400/21.C496 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH
C$ 5,856
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.1000OR.01 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Rose Gold 42 MM
C$ 70,243
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TAG Heuer Monaco CW211A New Steel 38mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Monaco
C$ 6,590
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.30.01.001 New Ceramic 44.25mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "Dark Side of the Moon" Apollo 8
C$ 10,251
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TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211R.FC6401 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco - Gulf - Special Edition
C$ 5,824
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291
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470OR.OO.1000OR.03 New Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Black Dial
C$ 94,522
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86
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Breitling Avenger II A1338111/BC33/436X/A20D.1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Breitling AVENGER II ACCIAIO - NERO VOLCANO
C$ 5,719
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258
IT
Rolex Daytona 116515LN Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex 116515LN Cosmograph Daytona Ceramic 18K Everose Gold /...
C$ 43,267
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Omega Dark Side of the Moon 311.92.44.30.01.001 New Ceramic 44.25 mmmm Manual winding
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Omega 311.92.44.30.01.001
C$ 11,514
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Omega 101.010.65 Good Yellow gold 35mm Manual winding
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Omega 101 010 65 - Chronograph - Caliber 321
C$ 3,859
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689 Very good White gold 44mm Automatic
Rolex Yacht-Master II 116689
C$ 35,491
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Hublot King Power 701.NQ.0137.GR.SPO14 Very good Titanium 48mm Automatic
Hublot King Power special one
C$ 19,304
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Breitling Navitimer AB0910371B1X1 New Steel 41mm Chronograph
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Breitling Navitimer 806 1959 Re-Edition New 2019
C$ 10,384
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44
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Girard Perregaux Ferrari 8020 18K Gold Automatic Very good Yellow gold 37,5mm Automatic
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Girard Perregaux Ferrari 18K Gold Gelbgold Chronograph ref. 8020
C$ 7,379
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457
DE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470ST.OO.A028CR.01 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
C$ 30,952
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86
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Fortis Flieger 597.10.141.1 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Fortis Flieger
C$ 2,200
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22
CA
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SX.1170.RX.1104 New Steel 44mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Steel Diamonds
C$ 21,073
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Omega Speedmaster Racing 329.33.44.51.01.001 Unworn Steel Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Racing
C$ 7,441
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182
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Breitling Avenger Hurricane XB0180E4/BF31 Very good 45mm Automatic
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Breitling Avenger Hurricane 45 Breitlight XB0180E4/BF31
C$ 6,590
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718
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Jaquet-Droz J007634201 Very good White gold Automatic
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Jaquet-Droz Monopusher Monopoussoir 18KT WG J007634201
C$ 14,761
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210
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26400SO.OO.A335CA.01 New Steel 44mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
C$ 56,580
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Glashütte Original Sixties Square Chronograph 39-34-03-32-04 Very good Steel Automatic Canada, Burlington
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Glashütte Original Sixties Square Chronograph
C$ 9,500
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Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 ST
C$ 4,362
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74
DE
Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona Ceramic Bezel Stainless Steel Black Dial 116500LN
C$ 30,886
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86
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize 2CCAU.B34A New Steel 47mm Automatic
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Graham Chronofighter Oversize Sniper Military Spetsnaz
C$ 9,186
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265
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Heuer Very good Gold/Steel 35,5mm Manual winding
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Heuer CARRERA 3648N 3647 VALJOUX 92
C$ 8,725
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68
DE
Panerai Mare Nostrum PAM 00716 New Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Panerai MARE NOSTRUM ACCIAIO - 42MM
C$ 11,594
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182
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph 1533-150/43 Unworn Steel 43mm Automatic Canada, Richmond Hill
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Ulysse Nardin Marine Chronograph Automatic Annual Calendar
C$ 9,500
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Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date 1-37-01-03-02-35 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic Canada, Burlington
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Glashütte Original Senator Chronograph Panorama Date
C$ 13,500
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Bulgari Assioma AA48SCH Good Steel 48mm Automatic
Bulgari アショーマ48 クロノグラフ
C$ 3,966
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Zenith El Primero 01.0210.415 Good Steel 36mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Zenith El Primero
C$ 3,950
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22
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer CAF2120 Very good Gold/Steel 43mm Automatic Canada, Windsor
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TAG Heuer Aquaracer
C$ 2,300
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Panerai Radiomir Chronograph PAM 00288 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic Canada, M4N1T2
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Panerai Radiomir Chronograph 45mm
C$ 7,000
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Breitling 634360 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Edition Special Limited A25 Exemplaires - G34360
C$ 147,880
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555
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Tissot Good Steel 36mm Manual winding
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Tissot CHRONOGRAPH CH27 6216 1946
C$ 3,845
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DE
Omega Speedmaster 311.10.39.30.01.002 New Steel Automatic
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Omega THE 1957 TRILOGY Trilogy Set Limited Edition 557
C$ 28,024
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Breitling AB01194A1B1X1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Breitling Aviator 8 Chronograph 43 Mosquito
C$ 7,875
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Hublot Big Bang Unico 441.NM.1170.RX New Titanium 42mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Unico Titanium Ceramic 42 mm
C$ 17,706
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Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
C$ 3,623
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 116520 Black Dial Cosmograph P SERIAL BOX & PAPERS
C$ 23,018
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Baume & Mercier Capeland 65366 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
Baume & Mercier Capeland
C$ 1,850
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CA
Girard Perregaux 49931 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic Canada, Oakville
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Girard Perregaux BMW Oracle Racing limited Edition of 750
C$ 5,990
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IWC Ingenieur AMG IW372503 Very good Titanium 42.5mm Automatic
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IWC Ingenieur AMG Titanium Bracelet Chronograph - 372503
C$ 4,880
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555
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Heuer Very good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Heuer TRIPLE DATE CALENDAR CHRONOGRAPH 2543 VALJOUX 72C
C$ 6,507
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68
DE
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 116520 - Black Dial
C$ 25,093
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50
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Tissot V8 T106.427.16.042.00 New Steel 45mm Automatic
Tissot T-Sport V8 Automatic Chronograph
C$ 1,072
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5912
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Hublot Big Bang Unico 411.CI.1170.RX New Ceramic 45mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Unico Black Magic 45 mm
C$ 18,106
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex 116500LN Daytona White Dial Ceramic Stainless Steel Watch
C$ 30,553
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Q1538530 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Chronograph Q1538530 Silver Dial...
C$ 8,906
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19
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IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW376701 Very good Steel 44.5mm Automatic Canada, Montreal
IWC Aquatimer Chronograph
C$ 5,950
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22
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Harry Winston Project Z 410-MCA44WZ Very good White gold 45mmmm Automatic Canada, Vancouver
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Harry Winston PROJECT Z2 LIMITED EDITION OCEAN DIVERS 11/20 IN...
C$ 29,000
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Chronographe Suisse Cie 830155 Very good Rose gold 37mm Manual winding
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Chronographe Suisse Cie Landeron Vintage 37mm 18K Rose Gold...
C$ 2,218
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555
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Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph 5270G-001 Unworn White gold 41mm Manual winding
Patek Philippe Perpetual Calendar Chronograph
C$ 173,068
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76
US
Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 116520 - Black Dial
C$ 25,093
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Omega Speedmaster 324.23.38.50.02.001 New Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster 38 Co-Axial Chronograph 38mm
C$ 6,551
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5912
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Breitling Bentley Barnato A25366 Very good Steel 49mm Automatic
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Breitling For Bentley Barnato Racing Chronograph Watch W/box &...
C$ 10,179
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM011 Unworn Rose gold 50mm Automatic
Richard Mille Romain Grosjean 50MM Lotus F1 Rose Gold NTPT...
C$ 359,447
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211
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.51.01.005 Very good Ceramic Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
C$ 10,517
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Very good Steel 39mm Manual winding Canada, Montreal
Bucherer Chronograph - Valjou 72
C$ 3,690
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CA
Rolex Daytona 116520 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
C$ 25,820
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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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