Characteristics of Chronograph Watches!
Posted on 03 January 2017
Chronographs are among the most popular and sought-after watches in the world today. Prominent watchmakers from TAG Heuer, Ebel, Rolex, Omega and Cartier to Invicta, Swiss Legend, Michael Kors and Casio all feature an impressive selection of men’s and women’s chronographs in their assortments.
Chronographs are characterized by the independent stop-watch and display watch functions on a dial that are normally featured on a separate subdial window. The Chronograph name comes from the Greek terms for time: “chronos” and writing: “graph.” The term today is interpreted more about the recording of time and not writing.
Although a timepiece may have several subdials, it may not be considered a chronograph without the stopwatch function. Many watches have day, date and alarm and small-second subdials and are not classified as chronographs. They are however categorized as multi-function watches.
The first chronograph with an independent stop-watch function was introduced in 1882 by Edouard Heuer. Five years later, Heuer introduced a chronograph with an oscillating pinion mechanism, a movement still used today in the craftsmanship of mechanical chronograph watches.
The brand which would later be known as TAG Heuer launched the first wrist chronograph in 1914. Two years later, Heuer introduced the “Micrograph,” the very first stopwatch accurate to 1/100th of a second.