Chrono Watches – Ticking at the Speed of Life

December 23rd, 2009 | 2 Comments


Let’s face it; time is just a concept, but it’s necessary for the functioning of society, i.e. for successful relationships between people. These relationships come in many forms and they all operate on a schedule. For those of us who want to be a part of society, Chrono (chronograph) Watches can help correlate human relationships.


Chronograph watches are special because they offer more than one way of measuring time. Multifunctional watches have complications – any other watch function besides keeping time (e.g. calendars, alarms, etc.).

But chronographs are different from ordinary multifunctional watches in that they’re able to measure amounts of elapsed time, down to fractions of a second, like a stopwatch.

Chronograph watches used to be a matter of professionalism. For military officials, race car drivers, and astronauts, measuring elapsed time was critical.

Today, chronographs have been updated to a matter of taste and style. Whether you’re a personal trainer, a pilot, an EMT, or someone just wanting a good looking watch, chronograph watches are fashionable, have convenient functionality, and are easy to operate.


Chrono watches display the various time measurements through 3 subdials set into the main dial of the watch face. There are often two additional buttons on the side of the face, which control the starting, stopping, and resetting of the stopwatch. One subdial measures the minutes of the stopwatch (stop-min). A second subdial displays the alarm watch (if it has one) or it may display the hours of the stopwatch (stop-hrs). A third subdial measures the seconds of the basic watch (small sec). The large seconds hand in the center measures the seconds of the stopwatch (stop-sec), and can start and stop without disrupting the accuracy and precision of continuous time.

Chronograph watches run on quartz movements. A movement is the mechanism responsible for keeping time. Chronograph watches use quartz movements for power and precision. Quartz batteries need to be replaced about every 3 years, but they’re inexpensive. And because they’re simple, they enable accuracy and precision of continuous time, even among the potential disruptions of the stopwatch and alarm.

Some Popular Chrono Watches

Seiko Alarm Chronograph Silver-Tone Watch

Seiko’s chronograph watch comes with a hardlex crystal to protect the dial from scratches. It offers an alarm that can display the time in a different time zone and a chronograph function that can measure up to 60 minutes in 1/5-second increments. It received very positive reviews on where it goes for $125.

The Orient Chronograph Quartz

This Orient timepiece comes with a stainless steel case and is water resistant up to 50 meters. It offers the standard 3 subdial chronograph design and can measure elapsed time up to 60 minutes in 1/10-second increments.

It also comes with a tachymeter on the outer bezel, which can measure speed based on travel time, or it can measure distance based on speed. You can get this Chrono Watch for $160.

Citizen Men’s Eco-Drive Perpetual Calendar Chronograph Watch

This watch is Eco-friendly, as it can be charged by natural or indoor light. It has a perpetual calendar, alarm, unidirectional bezel, and a chronograph function that can measure up to 60 minutes in 1/20-second increments. It received very good reviews for its aesthetic and feel, but a few complaints about the function of the alarm were aired. It goes for $240 on

Chronograph watches are suited to any type of lifestyle, in terms of design and functionality. Everybody wants precise timing from their watch, whether you want to boil the perfect egg or time the duration of Marine combat training. Chronographs are fit for lifestyles that can change in a split second.

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  2. By Lee Fife on Dec 24, 2009

    I have had two Orient watches for the past two years. I am amazed at the quality and reasonable prices of Orient watches and they keep great time. They have me for a lifelong customer.

  3. By Dave on Dec 29, 2009

    Some chronographs are mechanical. I’d like to see Orient make one.

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