The chronograph is one of the most frequent functions in the world of watches, but it is also one of the most underutilized. Many people look for watches that include a chronograph, but most users do not know how to use it or get the most out of it, becoming simply another aesthetic element in the watch, especially when looking for sports style watches.
However, a good chronograph can significantly increase the price of the watch, so it is important to understand what it is for. Usually, it is used by three buttons: start, stop and restart, although depending on the modus operandi the start and stop functions can be associated with the same button. Likewise, although the most basic models can only record up to a maximum of sixty minutes, others can reach up to 24 hours.
These registers record the count of seconds, minutes and hours when the button is activated.
- Start synchronization.
The start button is pressed to start the timer. When the stopwatch starts, the longest hand of the seconds will begin to move, as a sign that the record is in progress. For each full turn that the hand gives to the sphere, the one-minute count will be recorded, and so on until the time stops.
- To stop time.
The stop button is pressed to stop the timer. (Sometimes it’s the same start button). The total elapsed time will be registered for the user to consult it. As we have said, the amount of time that is recorded depends on the watch’s capabilities.
- Set the counter to zero.
Press the reset button to restart the account and start from scratch. The activity can be performed as many times as you want, although a more intense use will affect the duration of the stack.
The chronograph is widely used mid-high range watches intended for sports activities, where obviously the chronograph is most useful.
Even some chronographs also have a tachymeter, which allows the user to calculate the speed based on the time recorded and the distance traveled depending on the speed. Tachymeter, ie, the scale of numbers displayed along the circumference or outer edge of the watch, typically divides the duration of the event in question, in the second and the number of times the event occurs in a hour.
Both functions, -chronograph and tachymeter- reflect that the watch is not a simple instrument to know the current time, but increasingly offers more indications, as in smart watches, offering a multitude of user information about your health, or sports activities for example. The combination of technology and tradition, aesthetics, design and materials, is what gives watches an added value and distinction in a market as large as this one.