5 Things You Should Know Before Buying Chronograph Watches
There are plenty of men’s watches out there that suit different occasions. A
chronograph watch is definitely a style of watch that proves to be beneficial for a lot of
people mainly because it is jam-packed with useful features.
Today, I am going to talk about the things that you should know before buying one.
How Do You Intend to Use It?
A chronograph watch has a lot of features, which is why it is quite a popular watch for
men. There is a stopwatch and a timer built-in and some chronographs may even have
some extra features as well (though I am saying that both of them are the core features
of the said watch).
To get the most benefit, how you will use the watch is key. For instance, you might do
jogging every day and you want to know how long it takes for you to complete a single
lap, a chronograph watch can help you.
Or perhaps, you are cooking a meal and you want things to be perfectly cooked, you set
the timer on your watch and off you go.
So before buying this type of watch, ask yourself the question, “How do you intend to
Legibility is a Concern
I assume that when you want to buy a chronograph watch, the main reason for you in
doing so is to make use of its features. Because the timer and the stopwatch features
are so great, you want a watch that you can actually see.
Now, there are two different styles of chronograph watches. There are those that have
digital displays (which is the most ideal) and there are those that have analog displays
with 2-3 smaller dials on the watch face (not ideal but it is more stylish).
If you are going to buy one, make sure that you look at the watch even in dark
conditions. You want one that somewhat retains its legibility even in such scenarios.
When Buying Analog Displays
Chronograph watches that have analog displays are much more complex and they may
be more expensive than their digital counterparts. One of the reasons why that is the
case is what is found inside.
These watches have a pretty intricate design in that in order to achieve its stopwatch
and timer functions, a lot of different gears have to move separately to produce such an
Now, I am not going to talk about the complications here, but what I am saying is that if
you are indeed going for the analog displays, you may want to try the features out
before you purchase and see if that is something that you want.
You now have a general idea of how chronograph watches work and what their core
features are, but there are some that put exotic extras into the mix. You only have to
concern yourself with two configurations: The flyback and the rattrapante.
The flyback chronograph is found in chronograph watches with analog displays and it is
essentially a feature that will allow you to reset the stopwatch or timer back to its original
position. That feature is also its downside mainly because you cannot record the
previous time since it is going to reset to zero.
The rattrapante chronograph has two chronograph hands that may work separately to
help you record different times. The problem with this is that it is not ideal if you go
beyond a certain time since it will not be able to go beyond its specified minute limit.
Date and Tachymeter
Lastly, there are some chronograph watches that do not have a date indicator and there
are also some that are equipped with a Tachymeter. Some people find it as a deal-
breaker if a watch doesn’t also indicate today’s date as well, but some can manage,
given the presence of our smartphones.
A tachymeter is somewhat of a novel feature. It is nice to have, but it is definitely not
one of the most defining features of a chronograph watch. Still, the decision of buying
one with such a feature entirely depends on you.