Watch Lessons - What is a Chronograph?
When talking in terms of fine watches many expressions may be thrown around that some people might find unfamiliar. Chronograph is a recognizable term, but this complication may not be all that familiar to every watch owner. The experts at Beverly Loan Company, the premier pawnshop in Beverly Hills, have decades of experience with fine watches and all of their complications.
A chronograph is essentially a stopwatch right on your wrist. Usually one or two extra buttons on the side of the watch called “pushers”, control the start/stop functions of the timer. Some watches can only track around thirty minutes of elapsed time, but the more complex watches can go for up to 12 hours.
Timepieces with chronographs, moon phase, minute repeaters and other complications, or any feature on a watch beyond just telling time, are frequently brought in for loan at Beverly Loan. While there are numerous variations to chronographs, including tachymeters and chronometers, there are usually 2 or 3 extra dials on the watch face. These dials, or recorders, count elapsed time in seconds, minutes or hours when the pusher is activated.
The chronograph is especially important to Americans who were witness to the Apollo 13 mission in 1970. The Omega Speedmaster was worn by the astronauts due to President Eisenhower’s order, and as the onboard computers failed, the mechanical chronograph watch was able to record time and help recalculate their re-entry into earth.
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