Chronograph watches are a perfect mixture of beauty, technical prowess and utility. It is a watch that allows a lot of interaction between the user and the movement of the watch, as you should be prepared to start and stop the timer be it in quick events like the 100-meter dash, competitions that take time like automobile races, and even in regular household work like cooking medium-well steaks. As the watch’s user, you are in command as it harnesses the wonders of micro engineering in order to bring out the best in its functions and movements. It has also become an integral part in medicine, as it is used to time a patient’s pulse, and in military science, as it can be utilized to calculate the distance of a long-range weapon’s fire.
Despite the advent of digital stopwatches and quartz battery watches, chronograph watches have remained popular, especially with timepiece connoisseurs. The following is a list of the top 10 most sought after chronograph watches in the world today.
10. Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio
The Panerai Luminor 1950 Regatta 3 Days Chrono Flyback Titanio boasts of an in-house chronograph with flyback and regatta countdown functions. It has a titanium case measuring 47 millimeters in diameter, with an orange hand and orange-marked pusher at four o’clock. There is also a knot scale on the rehaut to help calculate sailing speed. It is water resistant up to a distance of 100 meters and comes with a vented rubber strap.
9. Jaeger LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet
The Jaeger LeCoultre Deep Sea Chronograph Cermet takes off from the 1959 Memovox Deep Sea model. It also has a chronograph operating indicator inspired by the company’s 1930’s chronoflight onboard instrument. The watch has a three-counter chronograph movement. Divers should be able to easily see if the chronograph is ready for use, in operation or if it has already been stopped. These are reflected through white, white/red, and red colors. Its case is made of cermet, a light and stable material made of aluminum and reinforced and coated with ceramic.
8. IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium
The IWC Ingenieur Double Chronograph Titanium is the first watch in the company’s Ingenieur series to have a split-seconds hand. Intermediate and lap times can be easily recorded while the chronograph seconds hand continues to run. It has a light and tough titanium case measuring 45 millimeters that is friendly to the skin. The self-winding watch has a 44-hour power reserve and day and date displays.
7. Chopard Super Fast Chrono
The Chopard Super Fast Chrono is made of stainless steel and has integrated rectangular pushers and elegant finishing. Aside from the chronograph, it also has a tachometric scale, self-winding mechanical movement and power reserve of up to 42 hours. It also has indicators for hours and minutes, small seconds, date, chronograph seconds hand, 30-minute counter and 12-hour counters.
6. Calibre de Cartier Chronograph
The Calibre de Cartier is the first watch from the company that has in-house chronograph movement. It has a vertical clutch column wheel chronograph, with start, stop and reset buttons that require just the correct amount of pressure. Regardless of the pressure applied, the watch has a linear return to zero hammer in the movement. This ensures the instant resetting of all the hands. Power reserve of the watch is up to 48 hours.
5. Hublot Big Bang
The Hublot Big Bang Chronograph watch is made of platinum case that measures 44 millimeters in diameter and 14 millimeters in thickness. It is water-resistant up to a distance of 30 meters and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The case is covered by sapphire crystal. It also features a folding deployment clasp and distinctive black rubber strap.
4. Breitling Chronomat
The Breitling Chronomat is a travel chronograph that features a dual timezone system. It also has a bidirectional rotating bezel that offers a 24-hour third timezone reading. The caseback is made of sapphire crystal, allowing the user to view the manufacture caliber developed and made entirely in Breitling. The watch also has a steel case, with dial aperture calendar, 47 jewels, and power reserve of up to 70 hours. It has a self winding mechanical movement with chronograph functions of ¼ of a second, 30 minutes and 12 hours.
3. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph watch features anti magnetic protection in scratch-resistant sapphire crystal. It is water resistant up to a distance of 100 meters. It comes in a variety of materials, including titanium, stainless steel, white gold and yellow gold, with a choice among leather, rubber, titanium, gold or Kevlar straps. Even the clasp has alternatives between Velcro, deployant or it can be integrated into the watchband. The watch has an octagonal eight-screw face, as well as eight-screw caseback. The timepiece is numbered individually.
2. Rolex Daytona
The Rolex Daytona is a self-winding mechanical chronograph watch that has been around since the 1960’s. It is especially popular among racecar drivers. It was named after the famous race in Daytona that Rolex sponsors until today. It was designed as a high precision timing tool for endurance races. Though it has fewer components integrated into it when compared with other standard chronograph watches, the watch prides itself with enhanced reliability. The chronograph functions are activated by pushers that screw down when not in use. The watch is waterproof up to a distance of 100 meters.
1. Omega Speedmaster
The Omega Speedmaster is an iconic watch that has been part of six lunar missions. It was the watch worn by Buzz Aldrin in 1969 that made it the first watch on the moon. Up to now, it is still considered as the official chronograph in every mission sent to space by NASA. It is considered to be the only watch to survive all the severe tests of the space agency, like zero gravity, magnetic fields, extreme shocks, vibrations and wide temperature swings from negative 18 to 93 degrees Celsius.
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