The History of Chronograph Watches

The term chronograph comes from the greek works for “time” (chronos) and “writing” (graph). The chronograph itself was invented in 1816 by Louis Moinet as a way to make astronomical calculations. It soon caught on for use in aviation, the military, car racing and submarine diving. While the early watches or pocket watches were simple and required winding, TAG Heuer eventually invented a self-winding chronograph and the company was also the first to create a chronograph watch model with a rotating bezel tachymeter. This allowed for more complex calculations. Today, many luxury watch companies make a timepiece with chronograph function including Citizen watches, Tissot watches and others. While many people wear these watches for their unique style, the chronograph function can still be useful in a number of fields.

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Posted on: Monday, January 27th, 2014 at 3:54 pm

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