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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore SELFWINDING CHRONOGRAPH
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore SELFWINDING CHRONOGRAPH
AED 86,841
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LUXE WARE (HK) LIMITED
97
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Blue Dial 2018 EU
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph Blue Dial 2018 EU
AED 114,692
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Tradeluxe Uhrenhandels GmbH
62
AT
Audemars Piguet Watch Royal Oak Offshore
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Audemars Piguet Watch Royal Oak Offshore
AED 139,034
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ВИПЛОМБАРД- VIPLOMBARD.RU
RU
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Chronograph
AED 63,724
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch CK2998 "Panda" 311.33.40.30.02.001
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch CK2998 "Panda" 311.33.40.30.02.001

AED 20,465

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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 50th Anniversary 311.30.42.30.01.001
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch 50th Anniversary 311.30.42.30.01.001

AED 16,628

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Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary '57 311.10.39.30.01.001
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Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary '57 311.10.39.30.01.001

AED 21,537

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Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary '57 311.10.39.30.01.001
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Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary '57 311.10.39.30.01.001

AED 22,171

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Omega Speedmaster Gemini IV 40th anniversary 3565.80.00
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Omega Speedmaster Gemini IV 40th anniversary 3565.80.00

AED 29,845

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Omega Speedmaster Snoopy Award NOS 3578.5100
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Omega Speedmaster Snoopy Award NOS 3578.5100

AED 51,164

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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "Panda" CK2998 311.33.40.30.02.001
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "Panda" CK2998 311.33.40.30.02.001

AED 20,465

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Omega Speedmaster Snoopy Award 3578.51.00
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Omega Speedmaster Snoopy Award 3578.51.00

AED 26,247

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Bell & Ross Vintage 126XL  Limited Edition
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Bell & Ross Vintage 126XL Limited Edition
AED 31,871
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Fernando Monge SA
139
ES
Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary '57 311.10.39.30.01.001
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Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary '57 311.10.39.30.01.001

AED 21,318

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Hublot King Power
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Hublot King Power
AED 45,000
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Private Seller
 
AE
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch from Moon to Mars 3577.50.00
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch from Moon to Mars 3577.50.00

AED 21,318

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1d 08h 56m 46s

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Hublot Super B Flyback
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Hublot Super B Flyback
AED 23,018
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
11
CH
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
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Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
AED 33,478
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
95
UK
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph | 42MM
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Professional Chronograph | 42MM
AED 14,803
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Juwelier van Willegen
64
NL
Omega Speedmaster Racing
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Omega Speedmaster Racing
AED 9,900
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Private Seller
 
AE
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XVII 311.30.42.30.03.001
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XVII 311.30.42.30.03.001

AED 16,873

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1d 08h 46m 46s

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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 17 311.30.42.30.99.002
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo 17 311.30.42.30.99.002

AED 17,907

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Omega Moonwatch Speedmaster APOLLO XVII  45th Anniversary
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Omega Moonwatch Speedmaster APOLLO XVII 45th Anniversary
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SORELLE RONCO
973
IT
Omega Speedmaster Alaska Project 311.32.42.30.04.001
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Omega Speedmaster Alaska Project 311.32.42.30.04.001

AED 43,074

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1d 08h 54m 46s

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Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe
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Bell & Ross BR 01-94 Chronographe
AED 13,000
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Private Seller
 
AE
Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
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Heuer Monaco "Steve McQueen"
AED 72,450
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
11
CH
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AED 78,500
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Private Seller
 
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Breitling for Bentley
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Breitling for Bentley
AED 28,000
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Private Seller
 
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
AED 93,327
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Private Seller
 
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "Panda" CK 2998 311.33.40.30.02.0
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch "Panda" CK 2998 311.33.40.30.02.0

AED 18,560

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Chopard ROSE GOLD CLASSIC RACING SUPERFAST CHRONOGRAP 161284-5001
Chopard ROSE GOLD CLASSIC RACING SUPERFAST CHRONOGRAP 161284-5001
AED 75,893
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Private Seller
AE
Omega Speedmaster Transitional
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Omega Speedmaster Transitional
AED 43,050
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The Watch Collector Ltd.
95
UK
Meccaniche Veloci Quattro Valvole Chronograph
Meccaniche Veloci Quattro Valvole Chronograph
AED 5,624
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Istana
AE
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch
AED 13,500
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Private Seller
AE
Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Volcano
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Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph Volcano
AED 70,941
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Rent a Box Schmuck und Uhren AG
11
CH
Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary 311.30.42.30.01.001
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Omega Speedmaster 50th Anniversary 311.30.42.30.01.001

AED 19,186

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1d 09h 28m 46s

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Zenith Grande Class Traveler Open Multi City
Zenith Grande Class Traveler Open Multi City
AED 71,242
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Royal watches
46
AE
Hublot Big Bang Unico
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Hublot Big Bang Unico
AED 40,000
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Private Seller
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Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph
AED 77,000
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Private Seller
 
AE
Omega Speedmaster Japan Racing Full Set 3570.40
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Omega Speedmaster Japan Racing Full Set 3570.40

AED 34,716

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1d 08h 58m 46s

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Graham Tourbillograph Silverstone Retail 112.000,-
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Graham Tourbillograph Silverstone Retail 112.000,-
AED 155,622
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Juwelier Pieter Jacobs
184
NL
Franck Muller Casablanca
Franck Muller Casablanca
AED 29,845
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Private Seller
 
AE
Bovet SAGUARO Chronograph 46
Bovet SAGUARO Chronograph 46
AED 101,238
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Istana
AE
Omega Speedy Tuesday 311.32.42.30.01.001
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Omega Speedy Tuesday 311.32.42.30.01.001

AED 31,588

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1d 09h 18m 46s

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Union Glashütte Noramis Chronograph
Union Glashütte Noramis Chronograph
AED 7,837
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Private Seller
 
AE
Breitling Chronomat 44
Breitling Chronomat 44
AED 27,000
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Royal watches
46
AE
Breitling Navitimer World 2007 Automatic A2432212/B726
Breitling Navitimer World 2007 Automatic A2432212/B726
AED 18,185
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European Jewellery
19
AE
Audemars Piguet 2018 Rose Gold Royal Oak Chronograph Black...
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Audemars Piguet 2018 Rose Gold Royal Oak Chronograph Black...
AED 179,960
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Austins Watches Inc.
230
US
Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary 311.10.39.30.01.001
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Omega Speedmaster 60th Anniversary 311.10.39.30.01.001

AED 21,131

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1d 09h 00m 46s

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Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph
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Patek Philippe World Time Chronograph
AED 238,000
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Haute Horologe
AE
Breitling CHRONOMAT 44 GMT AUTOMATIC AB042011
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Breitling CHRONOMAT 44 GMT AUTOMATIC AB042011
AED 24,431
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RIVIERAWATCH
101
FR
Union Glashütte Belisar Chronograph Sport
Union Glashütte Belisar Chronograph Sport
AED 9,336
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Private Seller
 
AE
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36
TAG Heuer Carrera Calibre 36
AED 18,373
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Private Seller
AE
Vogard CHRONOZONER
Vogard CHRONOZONER
AED 29,622
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Istana
AE
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH
Zenith El Primero 36'000 VpH
AED 18,000
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Private Seller
AE
Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XI NOS 311.30.42.30.01.002
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Omega Speedmaster Moonwatch Apollo XI NOS 311.30.42.30.01.002

AED 22,973

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Hublot Classic Fusion Blue
Hublot Classic Fusion Blue
AED 29,622
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Royal watches
46
AE
Chronoswiss Chronometer Chronograph 2013 38mm CH7523 Automatic
Chronoswiss Chronometer Chronograph 2013 38mm CH7523 Automatic
AED 10,124
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European Jewellery
19
AE
Patek Philippe Chronograph 5070P-001 platinum blue dial
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Patek Philippe Chronograph 5070P-001 platinum blue dial
AED 668,847
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A Collected Man
14
UK
IWC Pilot Chronograph limited The Last Flight 8000ht
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IWC Pilot Chronograph limited The Last Flight 8000ht
AED 40,504
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RIVIERAWATCH
101
FR
Graham Chronofighter
Graham Chronofighter
AED 14,587
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Private Seller
 
AE
Poljot Gorbatchov
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Poljot Gorbatchov
AED 4,259
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Classic Watch
28
DE
Raymond Weil Nabucco New RAYMOND WEIL NABUCCO CUORE VIVO
Raymond Weil Nabucco New RAYMOND WEIL NABUCCO CUORE VIVO
AED 14,923
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Private Seller
 
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Rolex Daytona 6265 Sigma Dial with original Rolex box and paper
Rolex Daytona 6265 Sigma Dial with original Rolex box and paper
AED 315,082
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Private Seller
 
AE
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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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