The Chronograph Complication
Authored by: Monica  

There are many ways in which you can measure time. Seconds, minutes and hours aside, you can also measure it with a stopwatch and that, simply put is what a chronograph does. A chronograph watch is, essentially, a mechanical watch. There are digital chronograph watches that are available in the market too. A chronograph watch is characterized by additional sub dials on the main dial and pushers or buttons on the side of the case. Here is taking a look at what a chronograph watch can do for you.

You can choose to measure the time of an event by pushing the top button in a chronograph. The dials will spin into action. Depending on the watch model, you will be able to record up to 12 hours of a particular event. So each sub dial will have the capability of measuring different time durations. Sometimes, the chronograph sub dial at the 6 o’clock position is capable of measuring up to 12 hours. Here is a simple representation of how the hands of a chronograph watch work.



The positions of the sub dials will differ from brand to brand. Most of the times, chronograph watches offer 3 sub dials – up to 60 seconds, up to 30 minutes and up to 12 hours. Some, like the Christian Van Sant Men’s Sports Retrograde Chronograph also offer a 24-hours sub dial.





Different models and brands have different style of chronograph functions too. Since your watch will come with a manual, it is an extremely good idea to read through the same and try out all the instructions on your watch while doing so. You can also download the instructions from the manufacturer’s website too. For instance, if you have bought a Seiko Chronograph SNDA27P1, then in addition to referring the instruction manual that you got with it, you could also download the instructions from





You can control these chronograph functions with the push of a button, usually the top one. After having noted all the timings, you can simply reset the hands by pushing the bottom button or pusher. A chronograph gives you some interesting possibilities and if your daily life or your job entails you to measure various events then this can be a handy tool to have. Of course, a chronograph is not limited to ‘professional’ use. You can always use a chronograph function to check on how long you have parked your car at a parking meter!

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