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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 use it?”

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 effect.

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.

Additional Features

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.

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