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23 Best Chronograph Watches: Luxury to Affordable | Man of Many


Best Chronograph Watches at a Glance

Our list of the best chronographs goes like this.

1. OMEGA Speedmaster Professional

  • Reference no: 310.
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • $10
  • Reference no: 126506
  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Movement: 4131 Manufacture Rolex
  • Case Material: Platinum
  • 2. Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

    3. Tissot PRX Chronograph

  • Reference no: T137.427.11.011.00
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • $2
  • Reference no: 405.035/LSLS4052AD
  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Movement: Manually Wound L951.6
  • Case Material: 950 Platinum
  • 4. A. Lange & Söhne Datograph Up/Down

  • Reference no: 5500V/110A-B148
  • Diameter: 42.5mm
  • Movement: Calibre 5200
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 5. Vacheron Constantin Overseas Chronograph

  • Reference no: AB0121211B1P1
  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Movement: Breitling 01 (Manufacture)
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 6. Breitling Navitimer B01

  • Reference no: L3.821.4.53.2
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: Automatic Calibre L791
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 7. Longines Spirit Flyback

  • Reference no: CAW211P.FC6356
  • Diameter: 39mm
  • Movement: Calibre 11 Automatic
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 8. TAG Heuer Monaco

  • Reference no: IW371605
  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Movement: 69355 Calibre IWC Manufactured Automatic
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 9. IWC Portugieser Chronograph

  • Reference no: 298609-3002
  • Diameter: 44mm
  • Movement: Chopard 03.05-C Calibre Self-Winding
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 10. Chopard Alpine Eagle XL Chronograph

    11. Seiko Prospex Speedtimer SSC813

  • Reference no: SSC813
  • Diameter: 39mm
  • $1
  • Reference no: 01 771 7744 4354-07 5 21 45
  • Diameter: 43mm
  • Movement: Oris 771 Automatic
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 12. Oris Divers Sixty-Five Chronograph

  • Reference no: FC-760V4H4
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: FC-760 Manufacture Calibre
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 13. Frederique Constant Flyback Chronograph

  • Reference no: AN3660-81A
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Movement: Quartz Calibre 0510
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 14. Citizen Bullhead AN3660-81A

  • Reference no: 03.3200.3600/69.M3200
  • Diameter: 38mm
  • Movement: El Primero 3600 Automatic
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 15. Zenith Chronomaster Original

  • Reference no: M79360N-0002
  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Movement: Manufacture Calibre MT5813
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 16. Tudor Black Bay Chronograph

  • Reference no: 5172G
  • Diameter: 41mm
  • Movement: Caliber CH 29‑535 PS Manually Wound
  • Case Material: White Gold
  • 17. Patek Philippe 5172G

  • Reference no: Q389848J
  • Diameter: 29.9mm
  • Movement: Manufacture Calibre 860
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 18. Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Tribute Chronograph

  • Reference no: H76409530
  • Diameter: 40mm
  • Movement: Hand-Wound H-51-Si
  • Case Material: Stainless steel
  • 19. Hamilton Khaki Aviation Pioneer Mechanical Chrono

  • Reference no: 541.NX.1171.RX
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: HUB1143 Self-winding
  • Case Material: Titanium
  • 20. Hublot Classic Fusion Chronograph Titanium

  • Reference no: 26238ST.OO.2000ST.01
  • Diameter: 42mm
  • Movement: Automatic Calibre 4404
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 21. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore

  • Reference no: Art-Nr. 356.020
  • Diameter: 38.5mm
  • Movement: SW 500 Automatic
  • Case Material: Stainless Steel
  • 22. Sinn 356 Pilot

  • Reference no: AC02 36B40 63B
  • Diameter: 42.5mm
  • Movement: Automatic Calibre F388B
  • Case Material: Red Gold
  • 23. Blancpain Air Command

    Watchmaking is famed for its constant innovation and each time a new problem is presented to the industry it gets to work finding a mechanical solution. One such problem was how to time a specific event. The solution would be to create a new watch that could be stopped and started – unsurprisingly called a stopwatch.

    Brief History of the Chronograph Watch

    We’re tempted to say that it’s the unique styling of chronograph watches that makes them so popular among watch enthusiasts, but that would understate the importance of the stopwatch feature. A chronograph watch displays the time as you’d expect but also allows the wearer to measure seconds, minutes, and hours as a stopwatch. That’s very practical in many areas of life and is a difficult feature to build into a watch movement. In fact, it can be so complicated that it’s best that we clarify some terms for you.

    What Makes a Chronograph Special?

    Mechanical chronograph watch movements are the result of years of research and experimentation and are one of watchmaking’s most desirable complications. But don’t worry, they’re easy to use. To start the chronograph you simply press the upper pusher. The same pusher is pressed a second time to stop the chronograph. To reset it to zero, press the lower pusher.

    How Do You Use a Chronograph?

    While chronographs are often seen as the pinnacle of watchmaking, there are a number of other watch types that you should put on your reading list. From pilot watches to field pieces, there is no shortage of timepieces to check out. Here are some alternatives to chronographs for you to check out:

    Alternatives to Chronograph Watches

    When it comes to choosing our list of the best chronograph watches money can buy, we turned to our watch expert Lee Smith and our list of editors to choose their favourites. Man of Many has had the chance to get hands-on with every watch on this list (often thanks to their friends in the industry, but one look at our coverage from Watches & Wonders could tell you that). Man of Many’s lists takes into account three major perspectives to determine the overall rating, quality, price point, and availability. As one of the best watch blogs on the internet they have the knowledge to determine what makes a good chronograph watch, but in addition to their own opinions, we’ve also taken into account reviews via industry leaders such as Time and TideHODINKEE, and Worn and Wound.

    How We Chose the Best Chronographs

    What is the best value-for-money Chronograph watch on the market?

    Although picking the best value-for-money chronograph watch from all the excellent models is difficult, a couple of watches really stand out. From this list, Tissot's PRX Chronograph is an obvious candidate with its stunning design and Swiss-made automatic movement. However, if you fancy something quirky, and great value for money, check out Seagull's 1963 chronograph.

    Who makes the best Chronograph watches?

    If money is no object and you want the best that the horological world offers, then a chronograph from one of the big three watchmakers - Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin - would be the obvious choice. But if you'd prefer an iconic watch? Then Omega's Moonwatch or the ever-popular Rolex Daytona will be at the top of your list.

    Are quartz Chronograph watches any good?

    As we mentioned earlier, watch geeks love chronograph watches because of the complexity of the feature and the years of experimentation and innovation needed to develop this complication. Battery-powered quartz watches bypass much of that watchmaking prowess and tend to be less popular with watch enthusiasts. But make no mistake, they function just as well, if not better, than mechanical chronographs and tend to have the same distinctive styling.

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