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Breitling Chronomat Evolution C13356 Very good Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat Evolution
NZ$ 9,478
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster 03.2080.4021/21.C4964 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Chronomaster Open Power Reserve
NZ$ 10,371
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Breguet Marine 5827BB/12/5ZU New White gold 42mm Automatic
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NZ$ 40,358
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344
CH
Tudor 94300 Fair Steel 40mm Automatic
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Tudor Oysterdate Big Block montecarlo
NZ$ 32,809
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NZ$ 6,600
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NZ$ 7,109
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NZ$ 61,054
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NZ$ 8,358
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U-Boat Flightdeck UB7750/45 LH Unworn Steel 45mm Automatic New Zealand, Ellerslie
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NZ$ 2,000
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Linde Werdelin Oktopus II Double Date
NZ$ 10,950
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Rolex Daytona 116589RBR Very good White gold 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona SODALITE-GHIERA DIAMANTI
NZ$ 67,259
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NZ$ 22,054
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Omega Speedmaster 2998 Very good Steel Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster
NZ$ 32,552
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214
UK
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch fullset 2018 - only export (NON-EU)
NZ$ 6,562
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274
DE
A. Lange & Söhne 1815 414.026 Very good White gold 39mm Manual winding
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A. Lange & Söhne 1815 Flyback Chronograph 414.026
NZ$ 76,811
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940
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Bell & Ross BR V2 BRV294-BU-G-ST/SST New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Bell & Ross BR V2-94 AERONAVALE
NZ$ 5,610
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58
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Zenith Port Royal 03.0550.4021 Very good Steel 36mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Port Royal Automatic
NZ$ 5,833
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219
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Rolex Daytona Ref. 116520
NZ$ 35,543
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491
NL
Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-1210301-HA1412 New 45mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 005 Chronograph Automatic 18k...
NZ$ 20,058
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626
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Oman Crest in New Old Stock with Box &...
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44
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NZ$ 11,451
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32
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Cosmograph Daytona 16520 T Series
NZ$ 36,273
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14
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Hanhart Primus 742.270-1320 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hanhart Primus Diver Blue
NZ$ 4,630
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475
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Zenith 49.2520.400/98.R578 Very good Ceramic 45mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH Chronograph 49.2520.400/98.R578
NZ$ 10,782
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940
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Control Q1538171 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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NZ$ 11,033
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664
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Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA 321.92.44.52.01.001 Very good Titanium 44,2mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster HB-SIA Co-Axial GMT [SPECIAL OFFER]
NZ$ 8,968
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1533
ES
Glashütte Original PanoInverse XL 10660101-05 Very good Rose gold 40mm Automatic
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Glashütte Original Chronograph Automatic Limited Edition 18K...
NZ$ 10,025
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674
NL
TAG Heuer Monaco CAW211R.FC6401 New Steel 39mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Monaco
NZ$ 7,656
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189
IT
Rolex Daytona 116520 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 116520 in New Old Stock Condition with Box & Papers
NZ$ 45,134
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44
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Jaeger-LeCoultre AMVOX 193.J.22 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic
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NZ$ 14,877
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Omega Speedmaster 176.0012 Good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Omega Speedmaster Ref. 176.0012
NZ$ 3,995
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Girard Perregaux Laureato 81020-11-131-11A Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand
Girard Perregaux Laureato
NZ$ 15,000
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Q601244J Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Chronograph Q601244J
NZ$ 50,065
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940
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Q905T471 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Polaris Q905T471 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
NZ$ 17,719
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664
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Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot AB0510U6/BC26/159A New Steel 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Unitime Pilot
NZ$ 12,158
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1533
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Chopard Mille Miglia 168588-3001 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Chopard Classic Racing Mill Automatic Chronograph Miglia - 16858
NZ$ 4,648
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674
NL
Longines Longines 8224-1 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
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Longines Paul Newman
NZ$ 6,699
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30
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Montblanc Sport 7034 Good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Montblanc Sport
NZ$ 2,419
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113
PL
Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
NZ$ 4,466
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103
DE
Vacheron Constantin 36002 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Skeleton Schletrato Classic Oro Gold...
NZ$ 10,736
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450
IT
Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph 35
NZ$ 20,300
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46
CH
Epos Sportive 3433.228.35.15.91 New Steel 43,5mm Automatic
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Epos Sportive 3433
NZ$ 4,201
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25
CH
Jaeger-LeCoultre Duomètre Q6012420 Very good Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Duometre Q6012420 Watch with Leather Bracelet...
NZ$ 36,776
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664
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-0010100-X01402 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing 002 (SPECIAL OFFER 50%)
NZ$ 14,491
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1533
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Breitling Chronomat 769 Very good Rose gold 36mm Manual winding
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Breitling Vintage Chronomat Chronograph 18K Solid Gold -769
NZ$ 6,106
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674
NL
Good Steel 38mm Manual winding
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Parker Military 1940s Spillman 38mm Case Gilt Dial Chronograph
NZ$ 5,349
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9
US
Blancpain Villeret 1185-1127-55 Very good Steel 34mm Automatic
Blancpain Villeret Chronograph 1185-1127-55
NZ$ 8,024
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129
US
Sinn 856 / 857 857.020 New Steel 43,0mm Automatic
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Sinn 857 S UTC
NZ$ 4,174
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103
DE
Longines 6817 Very good Yellow gold Manual winding
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Longines Moon moonphases triple date luna annual calendar oro...
NZ$ 10,189
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450
IT
Breguet Classique 5287BR/92/9ZU New Rose gold 43mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph 43
NZ$ 46,459
Verified Dealer
46
CH
Hublot Big Bang Unico 411.CX.1146.VR.DPM118 Unworn Ceramic 45mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Depeche Mode
NZ$ 27,159
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18
NL
Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Chronograph GMT Q7018120 Very good Steel 35mm Automatic
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Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Squadra Q7018120 Watch with Stainless...
NZ$ 9,278
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664
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Omega Constellation Double Eagle 121.32.44.52.01.001 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Omega Constellation Double Eagle Day-Date Chrono (SPECIAL OFFER)
NZ$ 9,651
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1533
ES
Zenith Port Royal 03.0560.4039/21 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Zenith Primero Mega Port Royal 56mm x 40mm - 03.0560.4039
NZ$ 7,929
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674
NL
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.PX.1180.RX Very good Red gold 44mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm
NZ$ 35,543
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23
FI
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore 26007BA.OO.D088CR.01 Very good Yellow gold 44mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Arnold 26007BA.OO.D088CR.01
NZ$ 49,313
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129
US
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Chronograph 01 774 7699 4134-07 5 22 15FC Very good Steel 44.00 mmmm Automatic
Oris Big Crown ProPilot Chronograph
NZ$ 3,736
Free shipping
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25
US
Cvstos Challenge CVCRTNRGSV Very good Rose gold Automatic
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Cvstos 18k Rose Gold Oro Challenge Automatic Chrono Power Reserve
NZ$ 14,400
Verified Dealer
450
IT
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph 38
NZ$ 6,538
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46
CH
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887 CAR2111.FC6266 Good Steel 41mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 1887
NZ$ 5,833
Verified Dealer
18
NL
IWC Portofino Chronograph IW3910-21 Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
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IWC Portofino IW3910-21 Watch with Leather Bracelet and 18k...
NZ$ 15,880
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664
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Universal Genève Compax U-901 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
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Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
NZ$ 13,160
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1533
ES
Eterna Matic 8408 41 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Eterna matic Airforce III Chronograph 42mm Automatic - A 602
NZ$ 2,096
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674
NL
Rolex Daytona 116520 Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 116520 Thin Hands
NZ$ 31,898
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23
FI

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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