A chronograph watch is always great to be added to your collection. The term chronograph comes from a union of the Greek words, “chronos” meaning time and “graph” meaning writing, literally translated as “Time Writer”. Now it means a stopwatch or timer in our common understanding. The chronograph in addition to a date function is one of the most frequently usable functions for wristwatches. Commonly using anywhere between one and three buttons, these “pushers” start, stop and reset the chronograph function without interfering with the watch.
The first modern chronograph was invented by Louis Moinet in 1816, who made it for astronomical purpose. In 1821, the first marketed chronograph was developed at a command of King Louis XVIII who wanted to know exactly the time elapsed during horse races. Since the early part of the 20th century, many watch companies invented their own styles of chronographs. Seiko launched the first automatic (self winding) chronograph for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics. In 1969, the leading watch companies Heuer (TAG Heuer nowadays), Breitling, and Hamilton, and movement specialist Dubois Depraz, developed first Swiss automatic chronograph in partnership.
Chronographs have been widely used in a lot of professions and activities which need to make rapid calculations and conduct precise timing such as pilots and astronauts. The chronographs can be both very complicated application and on the contrary a very basic function for daily life, like tracking cooking time or the time you had been stuck in traffic. Just if you even don’t use the function at all, these chronograph watches would simply look cool on your wrist.
You can’t have a list of chronographs without a TAG Heuer. As one of the few companies which first developed chronograph wristwatches, the brand has been a leader in automotive and aviation chronographs, and the Autavia of the 1960s and ’70s was one of its icons.
As the brand’s iconic chronograph watch, Rolex Cosmograph Daytona is possibly the most popular chronograph in history. With it famous one-of-a-kind Rolex quality, the mechanical, self-winding racing chronograph remains it status since its launch in 1963. Its 2016 stainless steel black and white version has been the most coveted watch of the year, and these years.
In 1960s Hamilton was building chronographs for Britain’s Royal Air Force. The Khaki Pioneer is an homage to those watches, with the same asymmetrical case and two-register dial.
In 1965, Omega Speedmaster chronograph was flight qualified by NASA for all manned space missions. An impressive representation of the brand’s adventurous pioneering spirit, this Omega Speedmaster Professional Moonwatch is one of Omega’s most iconic timepieces.
Seiko as the brand which brought the first automatic chronograph to market, it has been at the forefront of chronograph watch making for over half century. Seiko 8X Series is the world’s first GPS Solar watch. The addition chronograph function makes this technological more impressive.
As one of the companies which created the first Swiss integrated automatic chronograph, Zenith has led the field of time keeping. El Primero is one of the most precise series-made chronograph, and able to measure time to the nearest tenth of a second.