What Is a Chronograph Watch?

Mar 23 , 2019

Ever seen a watch that is used as a stopwatch, but combined with a display watch? Well, that is a chronograph watch. There are basic and complicated chronograph watches. The basic types come with an independent sweep second hand that you can start, stop, and return to zero through exerting successive pressure on its stem. Conversely, the complicated ones have multiple independent hands and additional complications that measure hours, minutes, seconds, and tenths of a second. Over time, these watches have evolved from being complicated to becoming more sophisticated than ever before. Today, the chronograph watch boasts a number of sterling additional features. For instance, the modern chronograph uses a moveable bezel as a tachymeter for great rapid calculations of distance and speed. The first chronograph was used for tracking astronomical objects. It was invented by Louis Moinet in the early 19th century.

Difference between Chronograph and Chronometer 
All chronometers are chronographs, but not all chronographs are chronometers. A timepiece that's labeled as chronometer has passed the highest degree of precision. A chronometer has mechanical or automatic movement, and can never run on quartz movement. A watch is certified as a chronometer when it passes tests made by the Swiss Official Chronometer Control or COSC. The tests check the accuracy of the movement in 5 different positions and at varying temperatures. Harsh conditions are simulated to ensure that the watch works properly. To pass the certification, the watch must average between -4 and +6 seconds each day. Most chronometers proudly display the "chronometer" label on the dial to distinguish themselves from other watches on the market.

Other Features of a Chronograph Watch 
A chronograph watch is a timepiece that has more than just a single method of measuring time. It also functions as a stopwatch. There are some watches that have various features but they are not necessarily chronograph watches, such as a watch that allows the user to set several alarms but has no other timekeeping functions other than displaying the current time. Then there are watches that have multiple functions that include chronograph functions. A chronological watch may come with a moon phase feature and additional time zone dial.

Styles of Chronograph Watch 
Chronograph watches come in different shapes and sizes with unique styles. There are sports watches with features like alarm, heart rate monitor etc; divers watches that can withstand the pressures of deep sea diving with water resistance features; pilot watches that meet the navigation requirements for pilots; diamond watches that acts as a jewelry to dress up your outfit; titanium and stainless steel watches which look good with casual and office wear; quartz watches which are reliable for accurate timing; mechanical watches which need some manual winding and automatic self winding which require no winding; eco-drive watches which uses the power of light from any source and do no require batteries; luxury watches which go through a highly sophisticated process with superior materials to produce very quality products which are loved by collectors and watch connoisseurs. So, no matter your style or need, there is a chronograph watch out there that will be a perfect fit for you.



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