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Rolex Daytona 16520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Rolex Daytona 16520 Zenith Patrizzi W series 1995 full set...
NZ$ 84,462
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Cartier Roadster W62019X6 Very good Steel 49mm Automatic
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Cartier Roadster Chronograph Reference #: W62019X6
NZ$ 8,421
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Breitling for Bentley AB0118A11L1X1 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Breitling Premier B01 Chronograph 42 Bentley Edition
NZ$ 11,321
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut 5968G-010 New White gold 42.2mm Automatic
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Patek Philippe Aquanaut Chronograph White Gold Case Green Dial...
NZ$ 314,573
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 25860ST.OO.111.0ST.01 Very good Steel 39mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Brown Tropical ref....
NZ$ 95,781
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Zenith El Primero Original 1969 03.2150.400/53.C700 Very good Steel Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Zenith El Primero Original 1969
NZ$ 8,500
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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$ 7,500
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Omega Speedmaster 3559.3200 Good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, New Plymouth
Omega Speedmaster
NZ$ 8,800
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Bulova 63c112 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic New Zealand, Christchurch
Bulova Accu-Swiss Gemini Chronograph
NZ$ 701
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Breitling Chronomat K13050.1 Very good Yellow gold 39mm Automatic
Breitling Chronomat GT Chronograph 18K Gold Automatik Herrenuh...
NZ$ 23,771

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Vacheron Constantin 4072 Very good Rose gold 35mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Chrono Chronograph 18K Rose Pink Gold...
NZ$ 69,485
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Omega Speedmaster Racing 326.30.40.50.03.001 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Omega Speedmaster Racing Reference #: 326.30.40.50.03.001
NZ$ 5,858
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts 639.22.170 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Alarm
NZ$ 8,272
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch Moonphase 304.33.44.52.03.001 Very good Steel Automatic New Zealand
Omega Speedmaster Moonphase Moonwatch
NZ$ 10,950
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Hanhart H 21 210-0110 -UB New Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Hanhart 417 ES
NZ$ 3,474
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Mühle Glashütte M1-29-65-LB Very good Steel 42.6mm Automatic
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Mühle Glashütte Teutonia Sport I
NZ$ 4,386
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Heuer 1553 Very good Steel Automatic
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Heuer Carrera Silver Dial Caliber 15 Recently Polished 1553S 1553
NZ$ 6,142
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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PFC228-0000100-XA1442-000000E New Steel 43mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Transforma Chronograph Automatic Mens...
NZ$ 13,912
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.92.44.30.01.001 Very good Ceramic 44mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Ref. 311.92.44.30.01.001
NZ$ 15,412

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Cartier Roadster 2618 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Cartier Roadster Chronograph XL Men's Watch Black Dial 43mm...
NZ$ 16,108
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389
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Panerai Ferrari F6657 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
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Panerai Ferrari Rattrapante '' Three Register Chronograph - F...
NZ$ 9,839
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Tudor Montecarlo 7169/0 Very good Steel 40mm Manual winding
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Tudor Monte Carlo FULL SET
NZ$ 34,655
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371615 Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic New Zealand
IWC Portugieser Chronograph Green
NZ$ 11,250
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Omega Flightmaster 146.013 Very good Steel 43mm Manual winding
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Omega Flightmaster
NZ$ 8,084
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Epos Sportive 3433.228.35.15.91 New Steel 43,5mm Automatic
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Epos Sportive 3433
NZ$ 4,143
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EPOS Uhren
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TAG Heuer Carrera CAR5A90.FC6415 New Ceramic 45mm Automatic
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TAG Heuer Carrera Tourbillon
NZ$ 20,938
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491
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Seiko Good Steel 41mm Automatic
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Seiko Chrono ULTRA RARE Swiss Made vintage automatic chronogra...
NZ$ 3,481
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Tudor Black Bay Chrono 79360N Unworn Steel 41mm Automatic
Tudor Black Bay Chronograph Automatik Stahl Herrenuhr Ref....
NZ$ 10,362

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Cartier Roadster 2618 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
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Cartier Roadster XL Men's Watch Silver Dial 43mm Iced Out 18ct...
NZ$ 20,502
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing PFC528-0010101 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic
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Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Boat 005 Silver Dial Automatic...
NZ$ 11,233
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958
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Mido Multifort Chronograph M0404273604200 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Mido Automatik Chronograph, Multifort | M0404273604200
NZ$ 3,396
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Omega Omega Fair Steel 37,7mm Manual winding
Omega Rare Vintage 33,3 Chronograph
NZ$ 20,724
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Heuer 1133 B Fair Steel 40mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Heuer Monaco
NZ$ 24,841
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 145.022 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony 47192/000R-9352 New Rose gold 42mm Manual winding
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Vacheron Constantin Patrimony Chrono
NZ$ 63,471
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Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 42 984.101.20/F373 AB12 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Legend 42 Chronograph
NZ$ 6,879
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.30.42.30.01.001 Very good Steel 42mm Manual winding
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 1957 Chronograph Stahl 311.30.42.3...
NZ$ 7,924

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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 35905000 Very good Steel 42mm
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch ref 35905000 Full Set Tritium
NZ$ 9,578
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Gérald Genta ABC.Y.80.290.CN.BD Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic
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Gérald Genta Arena Chronograph Double Jumping Hour Quattro...
NZ$ 17,328
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958
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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$ 20,938
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Glashütte Original Ref: 95-01-07-14-04 Very good Platinum 44mm Automatic
Glashütte Original PanoNavigator
NZ$ 59,210
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Breitling Navitimer AB0910371B1X1 Very good Steel 41mm Manual winding New Zealand, Auckland
Breitling Navitimer Ref. 806 1959 Re-Edition
NZ$ 12,159
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Rolex Daytona 116520 New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona Ref. 116520 Cromalight NEW 100% Stickers - Full set
NZ$ 58,339
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona - 40mm - White Dial - PANDA - FULLSET- 99% New -...
NZ$ 59,036
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Rolex Daytona 116509 Good White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex 116509 Daytona LC 100 2013 Whitegold Racing Dial like new
NZ$ 63,651
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TAG Heuer Grand Carrera CAV511B Very good Steel 43mm Automatic
TAG Heuer Grand Carrera Chronograph Calibre 17 Automatik...
NZ$ 4,441

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Rolex Daytona 6265 Very good Steel 37mm Manual winding
Rolex Daytona ref. 6265 "Big Red" Top Conditions Dial 10/10
NZ$ 130,611
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Zenith El Primero 96.2062.405/27.C707 Very good Palladium 45.5mm Automatic
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Zenith El primero Stratosfer Pole2Pole Limited Edition...
NZ$ 8,098
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958
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime RB0510U4/BB63 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic
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Breitling Transocean Chronograph Unitime, new, world time...
NZ$ 26,661
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Alfred Dunhill BF340169 Good Gold/Steel 40mm Automatic
Alfred Dunhill Millennium Moon Dial El Primero 18Kt Gold
NZ$ 5,050
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116680 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic New Zealand, Auckland
Rolex Yacht-Master II
NZ$ 32,016
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320ST.OO.1220ST.02 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26320St - TOP...
NZ$ 60,690
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Rolex Daytona 116500LN New Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona - 40mm - Black Dial - FULLSET - NEW - New Card -...
NZ$ 55,710
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Rolex Daytona 116519LN New White gold 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
NZ$ 71,590
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IWC Aquatimer Chronograph IW378201 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
IWC Aquatimer Cousteau Divers Limitiert Automatik Day Date...
NZ$ 10,536

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Rolex Daytona 116500LN Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona 116500LN Full Set
NZ$ 51,374
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Chronographe Suisse Cie CSC 29445 Very good Rose gold 38mm Manual winding
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Chronographe Suisse Cie Grande Double Counter Chronograph -...
NZ$ 1,829
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958
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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, 83 diamonds 0.75 ct, mother-o...
NZ$ 8,076
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Girard Perregaux 9021 Good White gold 54mm Automatic
Girard Perregaux Foudroyante Ref 9021, 18kt white gold
NZ$ 14,803
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32
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Rolex Yacht-Master II 116681 New Gold/Steel 44mm Automatic
Rolex 2021 Two Tone Yacht-Master II NEW 116681 Rose Gold / Steel
NZ$ 42,464
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26320ST.OO.1220ST.03 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Ref. 26320St BLUE DIAL -...
NZ$ 91,602
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26170ST.OO.D305CR.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshorre Navy 12/2004 “F-Serial”...
NZ$ 32,914
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Rolex Daytona 116520 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic
Rolex Daytona
NZ$ 44,999
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Breitling Superocean Chronograph II A13340 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Breitling Superocean Chronograph Automatik Edelstahl Herrenuhr...
NZ$ 4,441

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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.