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Patek Philippe Chronograph 1579 Good Yellow gold 36mm Manual winding
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Patek Philippe Unique Piece Unique Dial ref. 1579 Chronograph
AED 636,952
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Rolex Daytona 6263 Unworn Steel 37mm Manual winding
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Rolex Daytona
AED 511,122
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Omega Constellation Double Eagle 121.32.44.52.01.001 New Steel 44mm Automatic
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AED 21,922
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Richard Mille RM 011 RM011 Very good Titanium 49.94mm Automatic
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AED 552,456
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Hublot Big Bang 41 mm 341.PX.7518.VR.1975 New Rose gold 41mm Automatic
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe A1331212/C968/440X/A20D.1 New Steel 46mm Automatic
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AED 18,005
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph 26325TS.OO.D005CR.01 Very good Steel 41mm Automatic UAE, 213858
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AED 103,112
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Rolex Daytona 116503 Unworn Gold/Steel Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
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Rolex Daytona Unworn Daytona Nov 2019
AED 70,000
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Hublot Big Bang 320.UI.440.RX Very good 44mm Automatic
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AED 61,894
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Breitling Navitimer 01 (46 MM) RB0127121G1P1 New Rose gold 46mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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AED 40,688
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AE
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph 5960P-001 Very good Platinum 40.5mm Automatic
Patek Philippe Annual Calendar Chronograph
AED 186,304
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IWC Portuguese Chronograph IW371447 New Steel Automatic
IWC Portugieser Chronograph 40.9mm IW371447
AED 20,531
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854
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Breguet Marine 8828BR/5D/586 DD00 New Rose gold 34.6mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph 35, official retail price: 64.300 CHF
AED 154,260
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Fortis 661.20.31 K New Steel 43mm Automatic UAE, DUBAI
Fortis Spaceleader Chrono
AED 3,900
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Zenith Defy El Primero 95.9000.9004/78.R582 New Titanium 44mm Automatic
Zenith Defy El Primero
AED 31,672
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470SO.OO.A002CA.01 New Steel 42mm Automatic UAE, 213858
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AED 103,680
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NE88-1855992 Unworn Steel 44mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
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Manufacturer: Volmax Brand: Sturmanskie Country of origin: R...
AED 3,726
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Lady 26048SK Very good Steel 37mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Lady Offshore Chrono Diamonds 26048SK
AED 74,315
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Sinn 903 903.040 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 903 ST
AED 12,213
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DE
TAG Heuer Aquaracer 300M CAP2111 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
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AED 5,043
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TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 CAU2012.FT6038 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
TAG Heuer Formula 1 Calibre 16 Automatic Black Dial 2014...
AED 6,159
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AE
Breguet Classique 5247BR/29/9V6 New Rose gold 39mm Manual winding
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Breguet Classique Chronograph, official retail price: 44.700 CHF
AED 96,386
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Breitling Bentley 6.75 A4436412/BE17 Very good Steel 49mm Automatic
Breitling Bentley 6.75 Speed A4436412/BE17
AED 22,378
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101
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Breitling Navitimer 1 B01 Chronograph 43 RB0121211B1P1 Unworn Red gold 43mm Automatic
Breitling Navitimer 1
AED 57,477
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IT
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 311.33.40.30.02.001 Very good Steel 39.7mm Manual winding UAE, 213858
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
AED 22,972
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Bulgari Bulgari BB38SLCH Unworn Steel 38mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Bulgari Automatic Chronograph
AED 20,000
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 25770BA.OO.D009XX.01 Very good Yellow gold 42mm Automatic
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Yellow Gold 25770BA "FIRST...
AED 164,569
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Sinn 103 103.0619 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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Sinn 103 St Sa RB Classic Watch Sondermodell
AED 10,143
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DE
Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts 638.28.17K New Titanium 42mm Automatic UAE, DUBAI
Fortis B-42 Official Cosmonauts Chronograph Limited Edition
AED 7,300
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AE
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer IW378507 Very good Steel 45mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
IWC Ingenieur Chronograph Racer STEEL 2014 Automatic 45mm
AED 24,077
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AE
Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.47/V200PN19 New Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum AC Chronograph 38, new, official retail price: 10.000 CHF
AED 17,337
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CH
Universal Genève Compax U-901 Unworn White gold 39mm Automatic
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Universal Genève Compax Chronograph White and Yellow Gold
AED 29,891
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Breitling Avenger II A1338111/C870/436X/A20D.1 New Steel 43mm Automatic
Breitling AVENGER II
AED 17,479
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470ST.OO.A820CR.01 New Steel 42mm Automatic UAE, 213858
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AED 83,283
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Breitling for Bentley V2536722/BC45 Very good Titanium 49mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
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Breitling for Bentley
AED 28,000
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Bulgari Diagono AC44TA Fair Aluminum 44mm Automatic
Bulgari Diagono Chronograph Aluminium 44mm
AED 7,245
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Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77656713 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic
Hamilton Khaki X-wind Automatic Chronograph H77656713 /box&papers
AED 3,122
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862
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Franck Muller Vanguard V 45 CC DT COMOUFLAGE New Titanium 45mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Franck Muller Vanguard
AED 34,715
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Paul Picot Technograph 0334.RG Very good Yellow gold 44mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Paul Picot Technograph ROSE PINK GOLD 44mm Black Dial Automatic
AED 33,596
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Breguet Marine 8827ST/59/586 New Steel 35mm Automatic
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Breguet Marine chronograph, new, official retail price: 19.000...
AED 49,948
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CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph 26470ST.OO.A801CR.01 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Audemars Piguet 26470ST.OO.A801CR.01
AED 65,321
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Breitling Superocean Héritage II Chronographe A1331216/C963/746P/A20BA.1 New Steel 46mm Automatic
Breitling SUPEROCEAN HÉRITAGE II CHRONOGRAPH 46
AED 18,626
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IT
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari 402.NX.0123.WR Very good Titanium 45mm Automatic UAE, 213858
Hublot Big Bang Ferrari
AED 70,000
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Franck Muller Mariner 8080 CC AT Very good Rose gold 42mm Automatic
Franck Muller Curvex "Mariner" 8080 CC AT 18k Pink Gold Black...
AED 64,951
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Hamilton Khaki X-Wind H77616533 Very good Steel 44mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Hamilton Khaki X-Wind
AED 3,055
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Breitling Super Avenger II A13371 Very good Steel 48mm Automatic
Breitling Super Avenger II Black Dial 48MM Steel Watch A13371...
AED 19,523
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US
Breitling Super Avenger II A13371111B1A1 New Steel 48mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Breitling Super Avenger II
AED 10,452
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149
AE
Universal Genève 899.124 Very good Steel 43mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Universal Genève Okeanos Moon Chronograph 43mm STEEL Automatic...
AED 11,758
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135
AE
Hublot Big Bang Tutti Frutti 341.SL.5190.LR.1901 New Steel 41mm Automatic
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AED 75,192
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Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 42 984.101.20/F373 AA12 New Steel 42mm Automatic
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Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 42
AED 15,236
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Breitling A13315351C1X1 New Steel 42mm Automatic
Breitling PREMIER B01 CHRONOGRAPH 42 mm
AED 14,490
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267
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.sb.131.rx New Steel Automatic UAE, Dubai
Hublot Big Bang Steel 44mm
AED 40,315
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Zenith El Primero 03.A384.400/21.C815 New Steel 37mm Automatic
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Zenith 50th El Primero Anniversary El Primero A384 Revival/In...
AED 25,649
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301
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Chopard Superfast Unworn Rose gold Automatic UAE, Dubai
Chopard ROSE GOLD CLASSIC RACING SUPERFAST CHRONOGRAP 161284-5001
AED 76,592
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Omega Speedmaster Ladies Chronograph 324.18.38.40.05.001 New Steel Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Chronograph Stainless Steel & Diamonds...
AED 32,476
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196
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Breitling Chronomat 44 HB011012.B957 New Rose gold 44mm Automatic UAE, Dubai
Breitling Chronomat 44mm
AED 46,660
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149
AE
Hublot Elegant 1810.1 Very good Steel 40mm Automatic UAE, Abu Dhabi
Hublot Elegant STEEL Automatic MDM Geneve UAE LOGO FLAG...
AED 9,668
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Corum Admiral's Cup Legend 38 132.101.29/V200 PN09 New Gold/Steel 38mm Automatic
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Corum AC Chronograph 38, new, official retail price: 16.200 CHF
AED 29,892
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CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch 38735031 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 3873.50.31 Mens Watch Box Papers
AED 15,301
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306
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Hublot Big Bang 44 mm 301.QX.1749.GR.WTY16 New Carbon 44mm Automatic
Hublot Big Bang 44 mm
AED 53,511
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Hublot Big Bang Unico 411.ox.1180.rx New Rose gold Automatic UAE, Dubai
Hublot Big Bang UNICO 45mm
AED 106,386
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Hublot Classic Fusion Blue 521.NX.7170.LR New Titanium 45mm Automatic
Hublot Classic Fusion Blue Chronograph Titanium Automatic Blue...
AED 28,515
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Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH 03.2040.400/26.C496 Very good Steel 42mm Automatic UAE, dubai
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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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