What are Chronograph Watches?
Chronograph watches, not to be confused with chronometer watches, generally serve two simple purposes: keeping time and acting as stopwatches. Sometimes, this stopwatch feature can even tell you the time to the hundredth of a second. Chronograph watches have a very rich history, dating back to the early 20th century. At that time, they were mainly used for scientific or military purposes. Over time, the chronograph complication has become one of the most used and most seen complications.
A key feature of most chronographs is the sub-seconds dial. Luxury chronograph watches have characteristics that distinguish them from ordinary watches. They usually have a small seconds chronograph subdial (usually at the 6 o’clock position), or a tachymeter bezel to show the speed. Due to their sportiness and practicality, chronographs are usually made of durable materials such as high-quality stainless steel with sapphire crystals. These vintage chronograph movements tend to be more fragile than simpler complications and therefore can cost more to get serviced. Keep that in mind when searching for your next vintage chrono!