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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Tourbillon 26347TI.OO.1205TI.01 Very good Titanium 44mm Manual winding
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Titanium Openworked Index Dial Watch...
NZ$ 384,515
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331OR.OO.1220OR.01 Unworn Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Rose Gold 26331OR.OO.122...
NZ$ 162,111
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26331BA.OO.1220BA.01 Unworn Yellow gold 41mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet ROYAL OAK CHRONOGRAPH 26331BA.OO.1220BA.01
NZ$ 213,304
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Ulysse Nardin 353-68LE-3 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Ulysse Nardin Швейцарские Часы Maxi...
NZ$ 5,830
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Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine, chronograph, blue sapphire cabochon crown,...
NZ$ 17,198
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 3572.50.00 Good Steel 42mm Manual winding New Zealand, New Plymouth
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
NZ$ 8,800
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Vacheron Constantin Historiques 49002/3 Very good Yellow gold 35mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Chronograph 18K Gold Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 17,217

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Omega Speedmaster 36233300 Unworn Rose gold 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster 39mm Ref#3623.33.01
NZ$ 14,626
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Heuer 2446 Very good Steel 38mm Manual winding
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Heuer Autavia 3rd generation Rindt special factory order...
NZ$ 91,855
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 318.PM.8529.GR.ESP10 Very good Rose gold 44mm Automatic
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Hublot Spain World Cup 2010 Winners Big Bang 18K Gold 318.PM.8...
NZ$ 20,578
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IWC Ingenieur AMG Very good Titanium 42mm Automatic
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IWC Ingenieur for Mercedes-AMG Titanium Black Dial Automatic...
NZ$ 7,535
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Universal Genève Very good Yellow gold 37mm Manual winding
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Universal Genève Vintage Chronograph 18K Gold Mono Pusher...
NZ$ 9,089
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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera CAV5185.FT6020 Very good Titanium 43mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera 43MM. Top Condition CAV5165 - CAV5185....
NZ$ 6,602
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Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Cup Chronograph, new, steel, 83 diamonds 0.75...
NZ$ 7,031
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Zodiac Sea Dragon ZO09913 Very good Steel 50mm Automatic New Zealand, Wellington
Zodiac Sea Dragon
NZ$ 2,000
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Tudor Prince Date 79260P Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Tudor Prince Date Chronograph Automatik Datum Edelstahl...
NZ$ 7,288

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Bulova 63c112 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, Christchurch
Bulova Accu-Swiss Gemini Chronograph
NZ$ 750
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Omega Speedmaster Date 32105000 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Papamoa
Omega Speedmaster Date
NZ$ 4,259
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TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16 CV2011 Good Steel 41mm Automatic New Zealand, 0627
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 16
NZ$ 2,879
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Universal Genève Compax 884.425/3150 New Steel 37mm Manual winding
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Universal Genève Compax Chronograph
NZ$ 3,215
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Seiko 6139-6000 Good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand
Seiko - 1969 Yellow 'Pouge'
NZ$ 2,450
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Zenith El Primero 30.0360.400 Very good Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
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Zenith El Primero Rainbow Luxury Watch Automatic 18K Yellow...
NZ$ 12,853
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Breguet Classique 5247BR/29/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph, new, rose gold, tachometer
NZ$ 38,456
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PAM 00317 Very good Ceramic 44mm Manual winding New Zealand, Auckland
Panerai 2019 Luminor 8 Day 1950 Mono Pusher PAM00317 Chronogra...
NZ$ 18,600
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371417 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
IWC Schaffhausen Portugieser Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl...
NZ$ 9,089

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Omega Speedmaster 3611.20.19 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster
NZ$ 10,167
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Hamilton Intra-Matic H38416541 New Steel 40mm Automatic
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Hamilton AMERICAN CLASSIC INTRA-MATIC AUTO CHRONO
NZ$ 2,581
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Girard Perregaux Vintage 1945 Good Steel 35mm Manual winding
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Girard Perregaux Universal Tri-Compax Cal 481
NZ$ 7,180
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC906-0000210-B00182 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda TONDAGRAPH GT
NZ$ 30,736
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.005 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding New Zealand
Omega - Speedmaster Professional
NZ$ 8,850
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Breitling Chronomat 44 AB0110 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Breitling Chronomat 44 Flying Fish Chronograph Ref, AB011010/BB08
NZ$ 7,459
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Breguet Héritage 5400BB/12/9V6 New White gold 42mm Automatic
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Breguet Héritage Chronograph, new, white gold, folding clasp
NZ$ 36,993
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402.QF.0110.WR Very good Carbon 45mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Hublot 2019 Big Bang Ferrari Unico Red 402.QF.0110.WR Box and...
NZ$ 23,900
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Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
Breitling Chronomat 18K Gold Chronograph Automatik Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 11,918

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Longines Evidenza L2.688.4.78.4 Unworn Steel 40mm Automatic
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Longines Evidenza Chronograph XL
NZ$ 3,910
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Hamilton Khaki Aviation H76726130 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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Hamilton Khaki Aviation Converter Auto Chrono
NZ$ 2,855
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Epos Sportive 3433.228.35.15.91 New Steel 43,5mm Automatic
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Epos Sportive 3433
NZ$ 4,080
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EPOS Uhren
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Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1G New White gold 44mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Nautilus 5976/1G
NZ$ 716,334
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 105.012-65 Very good Steel 42mm New Zealand
Omega - 1966 Speedmaster Professional
NZ$ 21,500
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Bulgari Bulgari BB42BSSDCH Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Bulgari Bvlgari Chronograph Automatic Black Dial Stainless...
NZ$ 6,088
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Breguet Marine 8828BR/5D/RM1 DD00 New Rose gold 34.6mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph, sapphire crown, 170 diamonds on...
NZ$ 55,318
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Hublot Big Bang Unico 441.CI.1170.RX New Ceramic 42mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang 42mm Unico Black Magic Ceramic Case (New Full...
NZ$ 21,421
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.SB.131.RX Very good Ceramic 44mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang Evolution Chronograph Automatik Ref. 301.SB.13...
NZ$ 14,919

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Porsche Design Dashboard 6620.11.66.0268 Very good Titanium 44mm Automatic
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Porsche Design Dashboard Chronograph P6620
NZ$ 2,894
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Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono H32586511 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Hamilton Jazzmaster Auto Chrono
NZ$ 2,023
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Rolex Daytona 116518LN New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
NZ$ 70,390
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Franck Muller Conquistador 8005 CC King Good Steel 40mm Automatic
Franck Muller King Conquistador Soleil
NZ$ 13,154
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Omega Seamaster 2869.50.91 Good Steel 44mm New Zealand
Omega - Seamaster Regatta America's Cup
NZ$ 5,600
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Zenith El Primero Stratos Flyback 96.2062.405/27.C707 Very good Steel 45.5mm Automatic
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Zenith EL PRIMERO STRATOS, POLE2POLE, LIMITED EDITION 500PCS,...
NZ$ 16,111
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Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.SL.5190.LR.1901 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti, blue ceramic, white gold bezel...
NZ$ 26,583
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Hublot Big Bang Unico 441.NX.5179.RX New Titanium 42mm Automatic
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Hublot Big Bang 42mm Unico Blue (New Full Set)
NZ$ 21,055
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371605 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 12,450

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Rolex Daytona 116508 New Yellow gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
NZ$ 127,983
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26401PO.OO.A018CR.01 Very good Platinum 44mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Preowned Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 44mm...
NZ$ 78,069
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.32.40.30.01.001 New Steel 39.7mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
NZ$ 9,101
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Breitling Navitimer AB0910371B1X1 Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding New Zealand, Auckland
Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition
NZ$ 11,806
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Seiko Bullhead 6138-0040 Good Steel 43.6mm Automatic New Zealand
Seiko - 1977 Bullhead Red
NZ$ 2,500
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Chopard Mille Miglia 168459-3037 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
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Chopard GT XL first price, historic, LIMITED EDITION 50PCS,...
NZ$ 17,063
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Breitling NB0434E5/BE94 New Carbon 45mm Automatic
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Breitling Bentley GMT, new, chronograph, carbon case and dial,...
NZ$ 19,177
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IWC Pilot Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital Date-Month IW379107 New Steel 46mm Automatic
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IWC Spitfire Perpetual Calendar Digital (New Full Set)
NZ$ 36,618
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Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute A12023 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Breitling Navitimer Cosmonaute Chronograph Handaufzug Stahl...
NZ$ 6,945

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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph 5500V/110A-B148 New Steel 42.5mm Automatic
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
NZ$ 57,308
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Rolex Daytona 116523 Very good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Preowned Daytona 40mm Steel & 18K Yellow Gold White Dial...
NZ$ 26,876
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Baume & Mercier Classima M0A08693 Unworn Steel 42mm Automatic
Baume & Mercier Classima
NZ$ 2,844
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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.