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The Most Iconic Chronograph Watches for Men

The Most Iconic Chronograph Watches for Men

Despite the advent of digital watches such as modern smart-watches that have more computing power on your wrist than the total computing power used to send men to the Moon aboard Apollo 11, the simple, mechanical Chronograph watch has endured through the centuries. Its appeal is more about timekeeping. It’s certainly more than about the additional functions it provides through its complications. The appeal of modern and iconic Chronograph watches for men is rooted in luxury, aesthetics, and intricate watchmaking. Before I present a list of the best men’s chronograph watches for men from storied brands such as Seiko, Casio, Citizen, Fossil, Bulova, Breitling, Omega, Patek Philippe and more, let’s talk about chronograph watches in a bit more detail. 

A Quick History of the Chronograph

Louis Moinet, a French man, born in 1768, was not only a sculptor and painter but also a renowned Horologist. Part of his renown comes from being the author of what was once considered an exhaustive treatise on watchmaking, which he published in 1848. At the time, it was considered to be light-years ahead of other similar works detailing clever horological techniques. Even today’s Horologists know this celebrated text well. But Louis’ penchant for making himself a giant in the world of watchmaking doesn’t stop there. During his career, the celebrated clockmaker was commissioned by some of modern history’s famous characters to make incredibly intricate and precise clocks. Louis’ benefactors included Napolean Bonaparte, and two U.S. presidents, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson. The clock made for Napoleon was finished in 1806 in Paris, and became known as the “Napolean Clock.” It remains perfectly preserved to this day and contains various ingenious mechanisms, including a moon-phase display. 

But I wouldn’t have told you about good old Louis without him having some connection to the modern-day Chronograph. It turns out that in his spare time, Louis just went ahead and decided to be the inventor of the Chronograph. Louis didn’t invent the first Chronograph to serve the purpose of keeping track of horse-races or for military purposes such as aiming artillery fire. That didn’t happen until other watchmakers refined the Chronograph in the subsequent years and decades. Louis’ original intent with the Chronograph was to help him, and others use it in tracking the position of astronomical objects. Now here’s the crazy part. It wasn’t until the year 2013 that Moinet was recognized as the inventor of the Chronograph through the discovery of a previously unknown timepiece. It turned out that this watch was the first Chronograph ever made. As a testament to his genius as a Horologist, this first Chronograph was capable of measuring time as precisely as 1/60th of a second. It wouldn’t be until precisely a century later in 1916 that notable watchmaker Tag Heuer would create a chronograph with the ability to tell time more accurately than Moinet’s original watch. 

During the 20th century, Chronographs became popular with aviators and divers as they could quickly help to perform complex calculations and provide accurate and precise timing. As a result, Chronographs were on the wrists of many early astronauts and cosmonauts in the U.S. and Soviet space programmes. All this to say that when you are wearing your gorgeous Chronograph today, you can be assured that it has a rich history in the world of timekeeping. 

Today’s Chronographs 

As I said in the opening paragraph, Chronographs have, in many ways, become a luxury item. Their complications often convey a sense of quality and intricacy, and as a result, modern watchmakers have spared no expense. While it’s relatively easy to find a beautiful and high-quality Men’s Chronograph Watch for under $500, they quickly and often balloon into the thousands or tens of thousands of dollars. Of-course, that rarified air denotes some of the world’s most elegant watches. Like with any other luxury item, there’s luxury, and then there’s LUXURY. 

As a result, I’ve divided this list into a few pricing categories, starting with the most affordable yet still utterly gorgeous Chronographs for you to drool over, and perhaps choose to adorn your manly wrist with. Let’s get into it.  

CHRONOGRAPH WATCHES UNDER $500

1. Junghans - FORM C Chronograph

Junghans Form C Chronograph

This premium Chronograph comes from German company Junghans who have been making watches and clocks since 1861. This relatively affordable Chronograph barely squeezes under the $500 mark. Its beautiful form in the shape of a 40mm stainless steel case is punctuated by the luminous minute markers and hour and minute hands that glow in the dark. With premium quality materials such as a quartz movement, rugged sapphire crystal face, and 5ATM water-resistant, there’s plenty of toughness built into this men’s chronograph watch. As you would expect, there’s going to be a fair amount of differentiation in quality and aesthetics in the under $500 category of Chronograph watches. The Form C from Junghans falls in the upper echelon of that categorization.

Key Features

Movement: Quartz J645.85
30 minute and 12 hour chronograph counter.
Sapphire crystal glass
5 ATM Water-Resistant
Leather strap with stainless steel buckle

Specifications

 Brand: Junghans
 Model: Form C
 Case Size: 40mm

2. Vincero - Men's Chrono S

Vincero - Chrono S Men's Chronograph Watch

What drew me immediately to Vincero’s take on a Man’s Chronograph watch was their decision on colour and material choices. While this Chrono S model comes in a variety of attractive colour pairings, this sleek looking matte grey is my favourite. With bold lines and intricate and almost impossibly tiny minute notches, the Chrono S accomplishes plenty in the looks department. The Chronograph complications are well placed, easily readable and unobtrusive, which is the type of look I like in a Chronograph. The design of the watch is nicely finished with a matching Italian Leather strap in a matching grey.

Key Features

Movement: Citizen Miyota Quartz
Stainless Steel 316L case
Sapphire coated crystal glass
5 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Vincero
 Model: The Chrono S
 Case Size: 43mm

3. MVMT - Chrono White Caramel Chronograph for Men

MVMT - Chrono White Caramel

MVMT remains one of my favourite watch companies. They regularly produce the type of aesthetic that is right up my alley. That said, know that this Chronograph isn’t designed to give you the most accurate measurements. After all, with missing dial markers for all except the hours, how could you measure much of anything? No, this watch was designed for one thing only, looking awesome while still retaining some Chronograph functions such as a 30-minute timer and 60-second timer. With a minimalist face featuring the traditional inset MVMT logo, plenty of negative space and partially transparent hour and minute hands, there’s plenty to love here. The Chrono S from MVMT is definitely for the man that likes the look of a Chronograph, but perhaps won’t be taking advantage of those timing features too often.

Key Features

Brushed stainless steel silver case
White dial
Strap is made of a beautiful caramel coloured genuine leather
Interchangeable strap
Movement: Battery powered 6-hand chronograph
5ATM Water-Resistant

Specifications

 Brand: MVMT
 Model: Chrono White Caramel
 Case Size: 40mm or 45mm

4. Bulova - Men's 45MM Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph Watch

Bulova Men's 45mm Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph Watch

As I mentioned in the opening of this article, numerous astronauts of the ’60s and ’70s wore Chronograph watches during their missions. And while others chose a different brand to wear, Astronaut Dave Scott wore this Model of Bulova chronograph during the Apollo 15 moon landing. Updated with a more accurate movement that can keep time at a frequency of 262 kHz, the Bulova’s Lunar Pilot Chronograph is a stunningly beautiful watch for a very affordable price. It’s adorned with superluminous hands and markers as well as anti-reflective sapphire glass, all contained in an elegant and polished 316L stainless steel case. Sophisticated, classy and with a touch of retro style. Also, it went to the moon. So there’s always that.

Key Features

Black dial
Sapphire glass
Movement: Bulova’s proprietary high-performance uhf quartz
Water-resistant up to 50 meters
316L Stainless Steel case

Specifications

 Brand: Bulova
 Model: Men’s 45mm Special Edition Lunar Pilot Chronograph
 Case size: 45mm

5. Dan Henry - 1939 Military Chronograph

Dan Henry 1939 Military Chronograph

I have to admit that until recently, I was very much unaware of the Dan Henry brand of watches. When my research began, I quickly discovered something remarkable. Not only was this brand filled with high-quality Chronographs inspired by classic designs of yesteryear, but it also had one of the most noteworthy origin stories. The namesake founder began his horological career as a collector of watches throughout a thirty-year pursuit. His travels took him through flea markets and auctions all in search of a vast watch collection. The result wound up being over 1,500 watches and a viral Instagram account documenting his collection, which then turned into this very cool website. Mr. Henry decided to share his love of retro classic watch design by starting the Dan Henry brand. 

The 1939 Military Chronograph watch is inspired by aviators of the 1930s who would often wear larger Chronograph watches with highly readable complications for instant distance and time calculations. One of the coolest parts of this watch is the case back, which contains temperature, fuel consumption and speed conversion tables—all in a nod to its aviator roots. 

Key Features

 Movement: Miyota Japanese 6S21 quartz
Telemeter, Spiral scale Tachymeter, 60-minute chronograph
316L Stainless Steel case
Sapphire coated double-domed mineral glass with anti-reflective treatment
50 meter water-resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Dan Henry Vintage Watches
 Model: 1939 Military Chronograph
 Case Size: 41mm

6. Timex - Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph Watch

Timex Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph Watch

This under $100 Men’s Chronograph watch is a touch different than traditional chronographs. It uses a fly-back mechanism for its complications, which results in a distinct look. The chronograph functions almost resemble aviator dials that aren’t a perfect circle, but rather present a range of numbers. Being a Timex, this Chronograph also features a powerful INDIGLO night-light which uses Electroluminescent technology to illuminate the entire watch dial in low-light conditions. Sized at 43mm, it’s a relatively large watch, but the crisp leather band with deployant clasp ensures its comfort on your wrist.

Key Features

Stainless steel case
Movement: Quartz
2nd time zone function
INDIGLO night-light feature

Specifications

 Brand: Timex
 Model: Intelligent Quartz Fly-Back Chronograph
 Case Size: 43mm

7. Nixon - 51-30 Chrono Watch

Nixon 51-30 Chrono Watch

I’ll warn you upfront. This is a large and substantial watch. I’ve worn a version of this watch before, and let me tell you; my left arm got a whole lot more exercise than usual. The 51-30 Chrono from Nixon is a heavy hitter. This Nixon is a man’s watch through and through with the large bold type and beautiful chronograph complications. Named after the case size of 51mm and its waterproof rating of 30 ATM, this watch is an oversized work of beauty. The unique placement of the crown and pushers, which are located on the 9 o’clock side of the Chronograph instead of the 3 o’clock side, serves to provide anti-wrist intrusion during active use. This watch is more than just stylish fashion. It’s a dynamic beast. It’s also available in a fantastic array of case, dial and strap colour combinations.

Key Features

Movement: Miyota Japanese quartz
6-hand chronograph with date
25 mm custom solid stainless steel or handmade acetate 3-link bracelet
30 ATM water resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Nixon
 Model: 51-30
 Case Size: 51mm

8. Armogan - Regalia - Red Ruby C71

Armogan Regalia - Red Ruby C71 - Men's Chronograph Watch Leather Strap

Belgian brand Armogan named its brand after an old French word that sailors used to employ, meaning “good sailing conditions.” That hint of nostalgia comes through in this classing looking men’s Chronograph. With the gorgeous ruby red dial, this double-curved mineral crystal face is a thing to behold. This Chronograph features a 60-minute sub-dial and a small running second sub-dial. Finished with a 316L stainless steel case and a nicely tanned leather strap, this is one of the most beautiful Chronograph watches you’ll find anywhere for under $500.

Key Features

Movement: Japanese Citizen Miyota
Domed mineral crystal face
2-Year Warranty
316L Stainless Steel Case

Specifications

 Brand: Armogan
 Model: Regalia Red Ruby C71
 Case Size: 40mm

9. Fossil - Men's Nate Quartz Chronograph Watch

Fossil Mens Chronograph Nate

Black on black with some hints of grey and white is the way to this man’s heart. That is, at least when it comes to watch design. This elegant looking timepiece from Fossil is meant to make a statement. And it does that. With chronograph complications for hour, minute and second and a black leather strap to complete the look, this industrial-looking watch with floating lugs and gear edge bezel looks like a thing out of a futuristic steam-punk novel in which the forces of light have been snuffed out. There’s no doubt this is a chronograph with plenty of masculine vibes that will make a perfect addition to your watch collection or EDC setup.

Key Features

Water resistant to 5 ATM
Date display at 4 o’clock position
Black leather strap with black stitching
Movement: Analog Quartz

Specifications

 Brand: Fossil
 Model: Men’s Nate Quartz Chronograph
 Case Size: 50mm

10. Jack Mason - Pursuit Chronograph

Jack Mason Pursuit Chronograph

Texas isn’t exactly a mecca of watchmaking. And yet, that’s where this young company hails from. It’s quite remarkable how many inspired Chronograph designs this company has come up with in such a short time. The Pursuit Chronograph belongs to their Aviation collection and is built for everyday wear. In other words, this stunning black Chronograph will feel right at home amongst your other EDC essentials. The PVD plated 316L stainless steel case is complimented with Swiss Super-Luminova markings and indices for more comfortable viewing at night. The Pursuit is an exquisite Chronograph that harkens back in shape and form to classic pilots watches at a more than digestible price point.

Key Features

316L Stainless Steel Case
Water Resistance up to 100m
Tan Italian leather strap
Interchangeable strap
Movement: Miyota OS10

Specifications

 Brand: Jack Mason
 Model: Pursuit Chronograph
 Case Size: 42mm

11. TIMEX - Weekender Chronograph 40mm Watch

Don’t let the name fool you. The famous Weekender Chronograph from Timex comes in a massive variety of colours, and strap options. That’s probably because it’s one of Timex’s most popular and enduring watches for men. With an interchangeable strap, you can indeed use this as your “weekend” watch, but with a fancier strap, it won’t feel out of place on a fancy night out. With Timex’s great INDIGLO backlight and water resistance up to 30m, this may be the only Chronograph you’ll ever need

Key Features

Interchangeable strap
Water-resistant up to 30 meters
INDIGLO night-light
Date feature
Mineral glass and stainless steel case construction
Movement: Quartz analog

Specifications

 Brand: Timex
 Model: Weekender Chronograph 40mm
 Case size: 40mm

12. MVMT - Chrono Gunmetal

MVMT - Chrono Gunmetal Chronograph for Men

Bringing their design A-Game, MVMT has once again put together a very sophisticated and minimalist watch in this over-sized gun-metal Chronograph. Available in 40mm and 45mm case sizes, the watch has some beautiful second-hand markers in a powder blue and has a 24-hour clock, 30-minute timer and 60-second timer sub-dials. Of course, like with other MVMT Chronographs, you probably won’t be using this watch for a considerable amount of accuracy.

Key Features

Brushed gunmetal stainless steel case
Battery-powered 6-hand chronograph with date
Hardened mineral crystal
5 ATM water-resistance

Specifications

 Brand: MVMT
 Model: Chrono Gunmetal
 Case size: 40 or 45 mm

13. Dan Henry - 1962 Racing Chronograph

Dan Henry - 1962 Racing Chronograph

I’ve already told you about the remarkable story of Dan Henry. Now let’s focus on talking about this Men’s Chronograph. The above-pictured Blue finish on this 1962 Racing Chronograph is just the beginning. This watch is also available in a white and black dial with contrasting sub-dials. Inspired by racing drivers of 50-60 years ago, this type of Chronograph was worn by dangerous speed devils in a variety of motorsports on infamous circuits from Le Mans to Silverstone. With an unusual matte blue and orange combination and a tremendous amount of intricate design, including perhaps one of the nicest casebacks I’ve ever seen, this watch has an enormous amount of beautiful details to be admired. 

Key Features

 316L Stainless Steel Case
Custom caseback with embossed Maserati tip 60 Birdcage automobile
K1 Mineral crystal glass double-domed
Movement: Seiko Japan VK63
50 meters water-resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Dan Henry 
 Model: 1962 Racing Chronograph
 Case size: 39mm

14. Braun - Men's BN0035BKBKG Chronograph Black Watch

Braun Men's BN0035BKBKG Classic Chronograph Analog Display Quartz Black Watch

A perfectly capable mid-range option, the Fenix is not my go-to light for surviving the wilderness, though it would probably do just fine. Well-built and compact, with a respectable lumen count, this EdisonBright option is perfect for everyday use and able to respond with more light than most situations require. The standard-issue pen clip is super useful for positioning, but as you know, available with pretty much every EDC Flashlight. While this light isn’t going to win any Best-in-class awards, the price range makes it a perfect companion for most EDC kits.

Key Features

Stainless steel case
Mineral crystal glass
Leather strap with stainless steel buckle
Water-resistant to 50 meters

Specifications

 Brand: Braun
 Model: Men’s BN0035BKBKG Classic Chronograph 
 Case Size: 40mm

15. Nixon - Sentry Chrono Watch

Nixon Sentry Chrono Watch

Rugged, stylish and available in a colour combination for nearly every taste. This 6-hand Chronograph features a beautiful black dial surrounded by a dark-grey stainless steel case and matching link bracelet as the strap. The custom-moulded hands provide a see-through port for even the smaller sub-dial indices. But as you look at this men’s Chronograph and judge it from a purely aesthetic point of view, its most substantial facet has to be the pushers and crown. Having them match the same gold-colour as the minute and hour markers was a stroke of design genius.

Key Features

Movement: Miyota Japanese quartz
10 ATM Water-Resistance
Stainless steel case
Hardened mineral crystal glass

Specifications

 Brand: Nixon
 Model: Sentry Chrono Watch
 Case size: 42mm

16. Nezumi Studios - Loews Ref. LQ1 201 Chronograph Watch

Nezumi Studios - Loews Chronograph Watch

This vintage-inspired Chronograph by Nezumi embodies the style and essence of what 1960s Chronographs looked like. Everything from its size, to its dial design to even the colour schemes, represents that old vibe authentically. Featuring two sub-dials, a 24-hour and 60-minute counter, this Chronograph has been designed more for fashion than function. The Loews, whose name was inspired by a famous Grand Prix circuit of the 1970s, features Super Luminova on the dial and hands along with a double-domed sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating. Overall a very handsome Chronograph I wouldn’t mind wearing.

Key Features

Brushed and polished 316 Stainless Steel case
Movement: Seiko VK63 Quartz
14mm thickness

Specifications

 Brand: Nezumi Studios
 Model: Loews Chronograph
 Case size: 40mm

17. Jack Mason - Halyard Chronograph

Jack Mason - Halyard Chronograph

The Halyard Chronograph from Jack Mason is the type of Men’s Chronograph that simply defies belief at this price point. Perhaps only because the brand hasn’t built up the cachet associated with its name, it can only charge so much for a Chronograph of this quality. The 316L polished stainless steel case combines beautifully with its intricately designed white dial. The hands and hour marking feature the Swiss Super Luminova technology for improved legibility in the dark. The gorgeously stitched brown Italian leather strap is the ideal complement to this Chronograph. And if that wasn’t enough, the watch comes with easily interchangeable strap capability with quick release pins. Sexy, manly and excellent value for your money. What else are you looking for in a men’s chronograph?

Key Features

Stainless steel case
Movement: Japanese Quartz
10 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Jack Mason
 Model: Halyard Chronograph
 Case Size: 42mm

18. Tissot - Tradition Chronograph

Tissot Tradition Chronograph

Tissot is another storied watch brand that is a part of Switzerland’s even more remarkable watchmaking history. Founded in 1853, the company has grown to be one of the better-known luxury watchmakers and has often found success in sponsoring major sporting events. To this day, it remains an official timekeeper for world championship events in cycling, motorcycling, fencing and ice-hockey. 1950’s American actress Grace Kelly along with the King himself, Elvis Presley, were both known to covet Tissot brand watches. This 1950’s Tissot Tradition Chronograph harkens back to those days with its classic details and subtle finishes. Swiss-made, swiss-quality. That’s what you’ll get in this black-dialled Chronograph.

Key Features

 316L Stainless steel case
Movement: Swiss Quartz
3 ATM Water-Resistance
Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Available in four colour and strap combinations

Specifications

 Brand: Tissot
 Model: Tradition Chronograph
 Case Size: 42mm

19. Armogan - Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph

Armogan Spirit of St. Louis Chronograph Watch

The Spirit of St.Louis is a Chronograph watch from Armogan that is inspired, nay, perhaps somewhat cribbed from the design of cockpit dials and controls. The sub-dials of this watch measure seconds, minutes, and hours while a window display shows the day of week and month. While there is a lot to like about this men’s Chronograph, its most distinctive feature is its decision to eschew traditional Sans Serif font type. In its stead is a slightly serifed font that perfectly suits the story of this watch. While I’m featuring the Midnight Blue dial version of this Chronograph, its also available in several colour combinations that mix nicely with the leather and suede leather strap options.

Key Features

 Movement: Japanese Citizen Miyota
Double curved mineral crystal
Stainless Steel case
5 ATM Water-Resistant
Suede leather strap

Specifications

 Brand: Armogan
 Model: Spirit of St. Louis
 Case Size: 44mm

20. Jack Mason - Avigator Multi-Scale Chronograph

Jack Mason Avigator Chronograph Watch

Paying tribute to the original men’s wristwatch of the 1930s, the Avigator is inspired by the “Golden Age of Aviation” and uses many design flourishes that make this one outstanding looking Chronograph. The navy-coloured dial uses Swiss Super-Luminova markings, and the Stainless Steel case is punctuated with a grand looking crown. The design accomplishment within this Jack Mason watch is that the case is that the gear indented case is large enough without looking bulky. All that space allows for a considerable amount of intricate indices and three Chronographic sub-dials.

Key Features

 316L Stainless Steel case
10 ATM Water-Resistant
Tan Italian Leather Strap
Sapphire crystal glass

Specifications

 Brand: Jack Mason
 Model: Avigator
 Case Size: 45mm

CHRONOGRAPH WATCHES UNDER $1,000

1. Movado - Heritage Series Calendoplan Chronograph

Movado Heritage Series Calendoplan Chronograph

Before I tell you what I think about this Chronograph from Movado, I want to touch on an interesting point about Chronographs in general. It is evident that there is a giant gaping hole between the $500 to $1,000 category of Chronographs. In fact, very few manufacturers make Chronographs of any kind at this price point. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and perhaps one that an enterprising watch brand could take advantage of. Even looking a bit beyond this category, there are also very few Chronographs in the $1,000-$2000 range. That said, I did find some watches that fall under the 1k mark that I think you’ll like.

Starting with the awkwardly named Movado Calendoplan Chronograph (seriously, who came up with “Calendoplan”), this 43mm sized watch has a sleek gunmetal ion-plated stainless steel case and gorgeous mesh bracelet. Also available in silver and gold-coloured finish, this Movado Chronograph has all the standard trappings of a quality chronograph movement. Going back to that silly “Calendoplan” name for a moment… one of this watch’s sub-dials is dedicated to showing the day of the week, while the other two are reserved for counting 60 minutes and 30 seconds, respectively.

Key Features

 Black dial
Crystal sapphire glass
3 ATM Water-Resistant
Ion-Plated Stainless Steel

Specifications

 Brand: Movado
 Model: Heritage Series Calendoplan Chronograph
 Case Size: 43mm

2. Shinola - The Canfield Sport 45mm

Shinola - The Canfield Sport 45mm Chronograph

I’m not entirely sure why Shinola calls this a sports watch. At nearly $1,000, I wouldn’t want this kind of watch adorning my hand while engaged in any sports activity. But perhaps this timepiece was simply named for its ability to measure time by way of its sub-dials. These instinctively classy and familiar dials, along with a dual calendar aperture, are ensconced inside a polished stainless steel case with a stunning and detailed coin-edge. Even the barrel crown and push bolts are more than what you’d typically expect. You shouldn’t be surprised. After all, we have just jumped pricing categories here, and this Shinola Chronograph is priced at the upper range of this tier. Finally, the stainless steel three-link bracelet comes with a unique clasp that allows for micro-adjustments to allow for the perfect fit. The final and fitting detail is the beautiful crescent moon tip on the seconds hand that provides the ideal contrast with the blue dial.

Key Features

 Polished stainless steel case
Super-Luminova hands
Movement: 5040.F quartz
5 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Movado
 Model: Heritage Series Calendoplan Chronograph
 Case Size: 43mm

3. Hamilton - Jazzmaster Thinline Chrono Quartz

Hamilton Jazzmaster Thinline Chrono Quartz

This finely made Chronograph from Hamilton jumped out at me because of its all silver dial. The combination of a sparse amount of black along with copious amounts of silver, including in the hands and dials make this one superb looking watch. With a traditional look and excellent choice for the hour font, the Thinline Chrono Quartz sports an ultra-thin case, which a lot of men prefer. The Stainless steel case comes wrapped in a calf leather brown strap that includes a pin buckle. If you’re looking for a simple, tasteful, but not too flashy chronograph watch for a man, this might be a solid choice.

Key Features

 Movement: Quartz
Stainless steel case
Silver Dial
5 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Hamilton
 Model: Jazzmaster Thinline Chrono Quartz
 Case Size: 43mm

4. Movado - Bold Thin

Movado Bold Thin Chronograph Watch

Another fascinating colour choice from Movado for this Chronograph watch for men. As with the previous Hamilton timekeeper, it was the choice of colour combinations with the blue ion-plated steel case and dial contrasted with the cognac-coloured leather strap that made me add this watch to the list. This Chronograph is priced at the lower tier of this pricing category and is also available in two other traditional white and black colour combinations. Everything from the brushed blue dial to the Movado signature logo at the top of the dial makes this a Chronograph not to miss.

Key Features

 Crystal K1 glass
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Ion-plated stainless steel case
3 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Movado
 Model: Bold Thin Chronograph
 Case Size: 42mm

5. Tissot - Men's Quickster Chronograph Watch

Tissot Men's Quickster Chronograph

What I find particularly striking about this watch from Tissot is that it comes in some pretty radical colour options. Like this pretty sweet Orange and Black version with matching band. But for now, let’s focus on this white dial version. With a timeless design and oversized crown and pushers, there is plenty to like here. The outer band of the dial sports the Tachymeter and provides a lovely contrast to the white dial.

Additionally, the hour markings are simple black lines except for the twelve-hour indicator. Finally, the three sub-dials live in slightly raised circles that provide some much-needed depth amongst a sea of markings and numbers. The Chronograph functions include a central 60-seconds dial, 30-minutes dial, and 1/10 of a second counter. Complete with a 316L Stainless Steel case, scratch-resistant sapphire, this Tissot Chronograph comes with all the usual trappings you’d expect of a watch at this price.

Key Features

 316L Stainless Steel Case
Movement: Swiss Quartz
Leather strap
10 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Tissot
 Model: Quickster Chronograph
 Case Size: 42mm

6. Shinola - The Canfield Sport 45mm

Shinola The Canfield Sport 45mm Chronograph

With a sandblasted black PVD case and black dial, you’d be excused into thinking that this is the type of ticker that doesn’t want to be seen. But upon further inspection, it’s clear that this is a watch that’s only pretending to be in stealth mode. Designed to make a bold statement in only a way that a nearly all-black Chronograph can make. This 45mm sized watch includes a dual calendar aperture and will be a handsome addition to your wardrobe. Just don’t forget that this beast is on your wrist. I love the look of this fantastic watch. It’s pure black sexiness.

Key Features

 3 sub-dials
Sandblasted PVD case with coin edge
Sapphire double-domed crystal glass
Black dial with SuperLuminova hands

Specifications

 Brand: Shinola
 Model: The Canfield Sport 45mm Chronograph
 Case Size: 45mm

7. Alpina - Startimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date

Alpina - Startimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date Watch

Alpina is a brand I haven’t mentioned before, but it certainly deserves to be brought up. With its origins over 130 years ago, Alpina has been delivering precise, rugged, and stylish men’s chronographs to the world for numerous decades. The Startimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date (aside from having a VERY literal name), was inspired by pilot’s aircraft gauges and is perfect for the aviator at heart. With the gorgeous blue dial that has just a hint of green in it, the large sub-dials and hands make for a handsome watch.

Key Features

 Movement: AL-372 Quartz
Stainless steel case
Convex Sapphire Crystal glass
10 ATM Water-Resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Alpina
 Model: Startimer Pilot Chronograph Big Date
 Case Size: 44mm

8. Movado - Museum Sport

Movado - Museum Sport

Another stunning Chronograph design comes in the form of this Museum Sport model from Movado. This watch sports some unique design features that might entice you. First is the gunmetal case, which, if you have my taste in watches is to drool over. Next is the choice in sub-dials on this Chronograph. First is a 60-minute timer, followed by a 30-second timer and a day of the week display. The contrast of the white hands also pairs nicely with the dark and slightly textured grey dial. Finally, we come to the strap, which is a black calfskin with hole perforations that give this watch even more intrigue.

Key Features

 Movement: Swiss Quartz
Grey and Black PVD-finished Stainless Steel
Sapphire crystal glass
3 ATM Water-Resistant
Black calfskin strap

Specifications

 Brand: Movado
 Model: Museum Sport
 Case Size: 43mm

9. Shinola - The Canfield Chrono 43mm

Shinola - The Canfield Chrono 43mm

This creation of this beautiful Chronograph was motivated by the sandy dunes of Michigan’s Silver Lake State Park. Every element of its design is a reminder of sand. From its cream coloured dial to the sandy coloured strap. But don’t worry, it’s not a watch that will be out of place with practically any of your men’s wardrobe. Featuring a sandblasted stainless steel case and a matte ivory vellum dial, this Chronograph has a date window at the 6’oclock position and uses a classic coin-edge pumpkin crown. I love the small Shinola lightning bolt embossed on top of the crown, that’s a splendid finish.

Key Features

 Movement: Argonite 5021 Quartz
Sandblasted Stainless Steel Case
Sapphire crystal
Super-Luminova hands
Oatmeal Leather Strap

Specifications

 Brand: Shinola
 Model: The Canfield Chrono 43mm
 Case Size: 43mm

CHRONOGRAPH WATCHES UNDER $5,000

1. Junghans - Meister Pilot

Junghans - Meister Pilot Chronograph

Now that we’ve entered a fairly broad echelon of price when it comes to looking at Chronographs in the range of $1000-$5000 US dollars, it’s natural to expect a significant jump in quality. The care with which Chronographs in this pricing range are produced is quite astonishing. Any of the following watches would be quite a crown-jewel in your watch collection. That’s also true of this Junghans Meister Pilot Chronograph. The design of the Meister Pilot is inspired by Junghans long tradition of creating timepieces and dials for airplanes and airships. Since the 1930s, Junghans has produced onboard clocks, and in 1955 the now legendary Bundeswehr Chronograph was born when a call went out for a service watch for German Armed Forces pilots.

The Meister Pilot Chronograph is based on that original legendary Chronograph and mimics its bi-directional turning bezel. With its beautiful dark-sand coloured dial, the Meister Pilot is encased in a stainless steel DLC coated case. Its Chronograph functions feature a 30-second and 60-minute timer.

Key Features

 Movement: Self-Winding Calibre J880.4
Stainless Steel DLC Coated Case
Confex Sapphire Crystal glass with anti-reflection coating
10 ATM Water-Resistant
Leather Strp with Stainless Steel Buckle

Specifications

 Brand: Junghans
 Model: Meister Pilot
 Case Size: 43mm

2. Tag Heuer - Formula 1

Tag Heuer Formula 1 Chronograph

Don’t worry; I didn’t forget about poor old little Tag Heuer. This legendary brand was bound to make this list of the world’s best chronographs for men at some point, right? We just needed to get into the right price category, as Tag Heuers aren’t exactly known for being on the cheap side. That said, the Formula 1 Chronograph is not too much over $1,000. Sporting an astonishingly beautiful blue dial and Tachymetre-scale bezel, it also features the classic 3-6-9 chronograph sub-dial layout. The Formula 1 is available in a wide range of colour and material options, but I like the NATO strap option pictured above the most. Every detail of this Tag Heuer, right down to the fine-brushed pin buckle and Super-Luminova dials and markers, is pitch-perfect. It’s hard to go wrong with a Tag.

Key Features

 Fine-Brushed Stainless Steel case
20 ATM Water-Resistance
NATO Blue and Orange strap
Movement: Quartz Chronograph

Specifications

 Brand: Tag Heuer
 Model: Formula 1
 Case Size: 43mm

3. Omega - Speedmaster Chronograph 38mm

OMEGA - Speedmaster Chronograph 38mm

Some would argue with this idea, but while there are certainly far more expensive lines of Chronographs in the world, the Omega Speedmaster is probably the most recognizable. It’s perhaps even the singular most iconic Chronograph in existence. Some flavour or version of the Speedmaster has been in production continuously since 1957. Made famous by its use in Space and certification by NASA for pilots like Gus Grissom, John Young, Buzz Aldrin, and Neil Armstrong aboard various Gemini and Apollo moon missions, the Speedmaster has a long and storied life. 

This particular model features a bold white dial and a date window at the 6’oclock spot and is encompassed by a stunningly beautiful white ceramic bezel inscribed with its tachymetric scale. On the slightly smaller size, this white dial Chronograph will make you feel like you’re wearing a piece of history. After all, the legendary Speedmaster was a part of all six lunar missions and still represents an adventurous and pioneering spirit. Aside from that, look at how incredibly gorgeous it is. And of course don’t forget that it comes in a massive variety of colour and material combinations. 

Key Features

 Stainless Steel and Ceramic case
Self-winding Chronograph
Officially certified Chronometer
Scratch-resistant sapphire glass
10-ATM Water Resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Omega
 Model: Speedmaster Chronograph
 Case Size: 38mm

4. Farer - Cresta Chronograph Sport Watch

Cresta Farer Chronograph Sport Watch

Most people haven’t heard about the Farer brand when compared to brands like Omega or Tag Heuer. After all, they’ve only been around since 2015. But what this British brand has managed to accomplish in such a short period of time is surprising. Its entire range of men’s watches is bold, unafraid and visually appealing. Designed in Britain and manufactured in Switzerland, this Cresta Chronograph is immediately distinctive from man other Chronographs by way of its white sub-dial at the 3’oclock position. With a see-through caseback to show off the gorgeous innards of gears and intricate details and SuperLuminoa hour numerals and hands, the watch provides plenty of performance at night. Every small aspect of this timepiece is more impressive than the last. Do yourself and favour and check out the official page for all the details.

Key Features

 316L Stainless steel case
Anodized Aluminum fixed bezel
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass
Flat Sapphire Exhibition glass on rear
10-ATM Water Resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Farer
 Model: Cresta
 Case Size: 41mm

5. Frederique Constant - Flyback Chronograph Manufacture FC

Frederique Constant - Flyback Chronograph

There is a whole lot of technical watchmaking that went into the manufacture of this Chronograph from Frederique Constant. Suffice to say that this watch sports an ingenious Flyback mechanism that took six years to develop. Previously available in a few other two-toned colour combinations, this watch is now available in a Rose Gold plated polish, as shown above as well as a silver case and blue dial blend. Hand-made in Switzerland, this is an exquisite and somewhat expensive Chronograph. A dark brown alligator leather strap beautifully complements the brown dial to complete a look of utter sophistication.

Key Features

 Rose gold plated polished and stained stainless steel case
5 ATM-Water Resistant
Unique Flyback chronograph movement

Specifications

 Brand: Frederique Constant
 Model: Flyback Chronograph
 Case Size: 42mm

6. SEIKO - Presage Enamel SRQ023 Chronograph

SEIKO SRQ023 Presage Chronograph

The Presage Chronograph from SEIKO is about as classic as you can get when it comes to Chronograph design. Harkening back to the look and feel of some of the very first Chronographs designed, this watch features all Roman numerals for the hour hands giving it a distinct look. With a beautifully polished silver stainless steel case, dual-curved sapphire glass, and a see-through case back, SEIKO really overachieved with this Chronograph. If you’re looking for a white dial watch that oozes a ridiculous amount of classiness, style and vintage appeal, you’ve come to the right place.

Key Features

 Movement: Automatic with manual winding capacity
10 ATM water-resistant
Dual-curved sapphire glass
Crocodile black leather strap

Specifications

 Brand: SEIKO
 Model: Presage SRQ023 Chronograph
 Case Size: 42mm

7. Tissot - PRC 200 Automatic Chronograph

Tissot - PRC 200 Automatic Chronograph

We return to the Tissot brand with this automatic Chronograph with a sublime black dial and the usual Swiss quality and craftsmanship that I’ve come to expect from Tissot. Also available in two other variations, the PRC 200 is a favourite Chronograph at a reasonably affordable price. This watch has enough luxurious oomph for you to wear in nearly any situation without feeling like you’re wearing some extraordinarily expensive jewelry piece. With a large oversized crown and pushers jutting from its Stainless steel case, this Tissot has your typical 30-minutes and 6-hours Chronograph functions and features a Stainless steel strap with a folding clasp buckle. There’s almost nothing I would change about this watch, other than perhaps that it’s not currently sitting on my wrist. That’s the kind of change I could quickly get behind.

Key Features

 Movement: Swiss Tissot automatic chronograph
316L Stainless Steel Case
Scratch-resistant sapphire crystal glass
20 ATM Water-Resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Tissot
 Model: PRC 200 Automatic Chronograph
 Case Size: 44mm

8. TAG Heuer - Carrera

TAG Heuer - Carrera Chronograph

Another uncommonly classic Chronograph from Tag Heuer is the Carrera. This collection of motorsports inspired watches is the very definition of what a high-end Chronograph should be. To say that this watch was steeped in motorsports tradition would be doing it a disservice. Conceived at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1963 by Jack Heuer, the official timekeeper of the event, the Carrera Chronograph is first designed purely for professional drivers. With a wide-open face, easy-to-read dial, and providing optimal legibility throughout various conditions, this watch is available in six different colour combinations.

Like with most Tag Heuers, the Carrera Chronograph spares no expense for every small detail. And even the most Macro of photography can spot nary a design imperfection out of place. Everything is manufactured on a scale of precision and detail that most competitors simply can’t match. The fixed blue bezel on this model is ceramic and is complemented by a stainless steel case.

Key Features

 Stainless Steel case with Ceramic Bezel
Fine-brushed and Polished steel band
Movement: Automatic Chronograph

Specifications

 Brand: Tag Heuer
 Model: Carrera
 Case Size: 41mm

9. TISSOT - Heritage 1973

Tissot Heritage 1973

This limited edition watch is one of only, yup; you guessed it 1973 pieces ever made. The two-coloured dial is reminiscent of a vintage design that would have looked downright space-race modern in 1973. Nevertheless, this Chronograph from Tissot has some pretty spectacular design choices that have been made for it. First is the unusual shape of the Stainless steel case. It’s elongated forehead and chin provide a cool area for brushed and polished steel to intermingle. Next is the choice of colours, which is very pleasing to the eye, and finally, the choice of a leather band with massive hole perforations gives it a unique look. Of course, don’t forget to peek at the back of the watch, which contains a see-through caseback. Here you’ll see some of the exposed inner workings of the Chronograph function.

Key Features

 Swiss made
10 ATM Water-Resistant
2-Year Warranty
316-L Stainless Steel Case
Domed scratch-resistant sapphire crystal
Swiss automatic movement

Specifications

 Brand: Tag Heuer
 Model: Carrera
 Case Size: 41mm

CHRONOGRAPH WATCHES UNDER $10,000

1. Breitling - Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito

Breitling Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito

Ok, now we’re getting into the real luxury Chronographs. And while we’re not quite at Patek Philippe levels of pricing yet, you’re going to be spending some real Benjamins or whatever the equivalent of a crapload of money is in your currency. These watches live in the rarefied echelon of being so meticulously designed and constructed that they truly justify their price point. These are the watches of serious timepiece collectors, and let’s face it, the rather well off. Every single one of these Chronographs is something the average income earner is not likely to purchase at a whim. That said, they are all genuinely stunning pieces of timekeeping and frankly, high-end jewelry. Let’s take a look at some of the world’s most iconic Chronographs available under $10,000, starting with this Breitling watch. 

Known as the “Wooden Wonder”, the De Havilland Mosquito, a British military aircraft of the World War II-era was one of the fastest planes in the world. In fact, it could fly 20 miles per hour faster than the infamous Spitfire. All due to its lightweight and mostly wooden construction. That’s the inspiration behind this Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph 43 Mosquito. Powered by Breitling’s in-house manufacture Caliber 01 movement, it features a DLC coated stainless steel bezel. The black dial is contrasted nicely with white hour markers and silver chronograph counters. The red and orange markings are a callout to the military markings on the De Havilland Mosquito’s fuselage and add beautiful accents to the watch. Oh, and the watch also features a stunning 47 jewels. If you’re not sure what gems are doing inside a Chronograph, here is an excellent primer on that topic. It mainly has to do with reducing friction amongst moving parts. Most gemstones used today in high-end watches, including Chronographs are a synthetic Ruby. 

Key Features

 Movement: Self-winding mechanical
Power reserve: 70 hours
Chronograph functions: 1/4 second, 30 minutes, 12 hours.
47 jewels
Stainless Steel case
Cambered Sapphire glass

Specifications

 Brand: Breitling
 Model: Aviator 8 B01 Chronograph Mosquito
 Case Size: 43mm

2. Zenith - Chronomaster El Primero Chronomaster 2

Zenith CHRONOMASTER EL PRIMERO CHRONOMASTER 2

I’m not sure why they had to use the same word twice in the name, but in any case, this Chronograph from Zenith is a part of the legendary collection of tri-colour chronographs that Zenith has been producing since 1969. It was originally the first high-frequency automatic chronograph to be made, and today’s collection pays homage to that original watch. The collection is available in a variety of Chronographs, but I chose this titanium and blue ceramic beast for its sheer beauty. Housed in a titanium case, the 42mm watch has three chronograph functions: a 10-second counter, a 60-minute counter and a 60-second counter. The matching blue leather strap has a stainless steel triple folding clasp and makes this package a unique look.

Key Features

 Movement: El Primero
Power reserve: 60 hours
Titanium & Ceramic case
10 ATM -Water-Resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Zenith
 Model: Chronomaster El Primero Chronomaster 2
 Case Size: 42mm

3. Omega - Speedmaster MoonWatch Chronograph - Grey Side of the Moon

Omega - Co-Axial Chronograph - Grey Side of the Moon

If I was forced to answer the question of what watch collection someone should consider as their first entry into the luxury watch market as a fan of high-end timepieces, I would have to think about that for a while. But you’re in luck. I have thought about it quite a bit, and I’d have to say that the Omega Speedmaster MoonWatch collection would be my recommendation. As the first watch to visit the actual moon, how could you go wrong? While the MoonWatch collection is available in many flavours of material and colour combinations, including the sickeningly amazing Speedmaster Professional, I decided to feature the Grey Side of the Moon version. 

Inspired by the colour of the lunar dusk that preserved the human footprints left behind by the Apollo astronauts, this watch is made from ceramic that has been transformed into a metallic grey. The sandblasted Platinum features two sub-dials and features a tachymetric scale on its outside bezel, which is infused with luminescent Super-Luminova. The indexes and as well as the hands are also coated with the same bright material to light up at night. Every detail about this watch is stunning, right down to the red stitching on the underside of its strap. 

Key Features

 Grey Ceramic Case
Chronograph functions: 60-minute counter and 12-hour counter
Sapphire Crystal glass with anti-reflective coating on both sides
5 ATM -Water-Resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Zenith
 Model: Chronomaster El Primero Chronomaster 2
 Case Size: 42mm

4. IWC Schaffhausen - Portugieser Chronograph

IWC Portugieser Chronograph

At 41mm, this luxury watch from Swiss watchmaker IWC Schaffhausen is a Chronograph that may feel comfortable on both a man’s and a woman’s wrist. The thin bezel counters its slightly smaller size by giving you and others lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it, the illusion that you’re wearing a much larger watch. The Portugieser Chronograph is available in eight different colour variations, including this stainless steel case, silver, silver-plated dial and blue hands and indexes version. A beautiful blue alligator leather strap is the final touch on a remarkably beautiful Chronograph with 27 jewels and see-through sapphire-glass back.

Key Features

 Stainless Steel case
See-through sapphire glass back
Movement: 69355 Calibre, Automatic, Self-Winding
3 ATM -Water-Resistant
46 Hour Power Reserve
27 Jewels
Convex Sapphire glass

Specifications

 Brand: IWC
 Model: Portugieser Chronograph
 Case Size: 41mm

5. TAG Heuer - Monaco Chronograph

TAG Heuer - Monaco Chronograph

It’s a rare sight to find a square-shaped Chronograph in the wild, especially of this uber-quality. And yet, a lot of watch brands that do carry a Chronograph in their collection tend to dismiss this shape in favour of the traditional round one. Why is that? It probably has something to do with sales numbers. And yet a company like Apple has proven that the square / rectangular format for a watch will be gladly adopted by millions of people. Perhaps there is a distinction between luxury watches and the Apple watch, but I still have a hard time understanding the lack of shape variation amongst even cheap Chronographs.

With that preamble out of the way, let’s talk about the Tag Heuer Monaco. It was the very first square and waterproof Chronograph in the world. It’s not unique just in shape; it also moves the crown to the left side of the watch, creating a more balanced feel. This was mostly done as a way to show that manual winding was no longer required. First seen on the wrist of Steve McQueen in the classic race film Le Mans in 1960, the Monaco has become a timeless icon in the world of horology. Available in ten different colour and material variants, the Monaco has a Stainless steel case with a sapphire see-through caseback. Powered by an automatic watch Calibre 11 movement, it’s chronograph functions count 1/4 seconds and 30 minutes. But let’s face it, you won’t be buying this watch for the functionality, you’re buying it for the Steve McQueen cool factor which has managed to rub off on this Chronograph for decades.

Key Features

 Stainless Steel Fine-Brushed / Polished case
Sapphire glass caseback
Movement: Calibre 11 Automatic
40 Hour Power Reserve

Specifications

 Brand: Tag Heuer
 Model: Monaco
 Case Size: 39mm

6. Breitling - SuperOcean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44

Breitling - Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44

There isn’t much of a back-story as to the inspiration behind the development of this watch. That said, its name betrays its desire to sit on the wrist of a man who loves to go on a boat. Or sail, or whatever the hell rich people do on the ocean. Powered by in the in-house Breitling Manufacture Caliber 01 movement, this Chronograph is nearly oversized with a 44m case. But with a thick, yet gorgeously defined bezel, it actually tends to feel a bit smaller on the wrist than at first glance. If silver and black are your game when it comes to a luxury watch, then this Breitling will tickle that bone for you.

Key Features

 Self-winding mechanical movement
47 jewels
Sapphire crystal caseback
70 Hour Power Reserve
20 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Breitling
 Model: Superocean Heritage B01 Chronograph 44
 Case Size: 44mm

7. Tudor - Black Bay Chrono

Tudor - Black Bay Chrono

The Black Bay Chrono is a classic looking Chronograph. That is until you look at it from the side. This is one heavy-ass and thick watch. Now perhaps you like your Chronographs that way. That’s undoubtedly the conceit that Tudor is relying on here. Inspired by TUDOR divers’ watches, the Black Bay Chrono features a satin-brushed steel bracelet for a subtle matte effect and is finished with a black PVD coating. This sporty-chich watch has clear vintage design cues. It is a sort of amalgamation of watches tied closely to the motorsport world through its chronograph functions and its case, which beckons a maritime and diving heritage—an exquisite and startling Chronograph for under $10k.

Key Features

 Stainless steel case with polished and satin finish
Movement: Manufacture Calibre MT5813
Domed sapphire crystal
70 Hour Power Reserve
20 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Tudor
 Model: Black Bay Chrono
 Case Size: 41mm

8. IWC Schaffhausen - Pilot's Watch Chronograph Spitfire

IWC - Pilot's Watch Chronograph Spitfire

The colours and dial of this classic Chronograph were directly influenced by the colours and shapes found in the British World-War II era single-seat fighter aircraft commonly known as the Spitfire. Often attributed as one of the reasons the Brits defeated the Luftwaffe at the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire became a legendary airplane. As with the aircraft, this Chronograph has achieved legendary status in its own right. Sporting a stainless steel case, black dial and green textile strap, this watch is simple, classic and swiss-made. Its interior features a total of 33 jewels, which help all of its functions run smoothly and contains a unique feature that I haven’t seen on other Chronographs. The case has a soft-iron shell for protection against magnetic fields. So you can rest knowing that in the case of an EMP strike, your Spitfire Chronograph will continue to tick.

Key Features

 Convex sapphire glass with antireflective coating
Movement: IWC-manufactured, self-winding, automatic, 69380 Calibre
33 Jewels
6 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: IWC Schaffhausen
 Model: Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Spitfire
 Case Size: 41mm

9. Omega - The Speedmaster '57 Co-Axial Chronograph

Omega - Speedmaster '57 Chronograph

The original Speedmaster ’57 was Omega’s very first Speedmaster Chronograph. The updated version arrived in 2015 and has become a massive hit for Omega. With 17 different models available in a truly expansive variety of material, colour, and strap options, the Speedmaster ’57 takes and refines many of the original’s brilliant design touches and makes them even better. The classic brushed bezel is a sure-fire way to know that this is a vintage Omega Speedmaster, and the see-through sapphire crystal caseback will give you a peek inside its brilliant co-axial architecture. With choices of metals including Stainless steel, 18k red or yellow gold and lightweight titanium, you’re more than likely to find a version of this Chronograph that will suit your tastes.

Key Features

 Sapphire crystal glass
Movement: Co-Axial calibres 9300/9301
10 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Omega
 Model: Speedmaster ’57
 Case Size: 41.5mm

10. Breitling Navitimer B01 - Chronograph 43 TWA

Breitling - Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 TWA

As a part of its Navitimer collection of Chronographs, Breitling created three timepieces that pay homage to three classic airlines of the golden age airline travel. The airlines in question are Swiss Air (the one that’s still around), Pan-Am and TWA. The Trans World Airlines version of this watch is featured above. With its shimmering silver dial and contrasting anthracite subdials, this vintage-inspired Chronograph is absolutely for the serious watch collector. Either that or for someone with a lot of disposable income and a real penchant for the Mad Men era.

Key Features

 Stainless Steel case
Movement: Breitling 01 self-winding mechanical
47 Jewels
3 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Breitling
 Model: Navitimer B01 Chronograph 43 TWA
 Case Size: 43mm

CHRONOGRAPH WATCHES OVER $10,000

1. Rolex - Cosmograph Daytona Watch

Rolex Cosmograph Daytona

As we now venture into the world of absurdly expensive Chronographs, you’ll forgive me for not including as much detail about each watch. While I love all of these timepieces for the sheer amount of engineering, choice of materials and overall design, I can’t do them justice. I suggest that you simply skip ahead and check out each watch for yourself. These are the cream of the crop. The Chronographs that millionaires and billionaires wear. A-List celebrities, titans of industry and royalty are often drawn to this tier of Chronographs. Brand names like Bulgari, Patek Philippe, Rolex, Glashuette, Breguet, Audemars Piguet dominate in this category. And while some of the Chronographs I mention below barely crack the over $10,000 mark, a lot of them cost nearly as much as a hyper-car, often reaching into the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

We start with the Cosmograph Daytona from Rolex, which is available in a number of sublime case material, dial colour and strap options. Designed to be the ultimate tool for endurance racing drivers, its name is derived from the world-famous Daytona Speedway in Florida. The tachymetric scale, which is engraved on the outside bezel of this watch, was designed for measuring average speeds of up to 400 miles or kilometres per hour. Originally introduced in 1963, the Cosmograph Daytona is one of the most iconic Chronographs in the world. Its uniqueness amongst Chronographs is that it uses a calibre 4130 self-winding movement that incorporates fewer parts than a standard chronograph. The consequence of this manufacturing choice improves the movement’s reliability and saves space.

Key Features

 Oyster steel and yellow gold
Movement: Perpetual, mechanical chronograph, self-winding
Scratch-resistant sapphire glass
10 ATM Water-Resistance

Specifications

 Brand: Rolex
 Model: Cosmograph Daytona
 Case Size: 40mm

2. Patek Philippe - Complications 5172G Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5172G Complications Chronograph

I suppose that when you are Patek Philippe, you don’t need to give your watches fancy names. All you have to do is say that it’s a Patek and watch collectors’ collective panties drop. Such is the renown for this Swiss luxury watch marker around the world. The company produces some of the most complicated mechanical watches in the world and is widely considered to be perhaps the most prestigious watch manufacturer in the world. So if you do happen to have a spare roughly $73,000 (yes you read that right) kicking around, you’ll find that you are in the company of famous world figures that have worn a Patek. How famous you ask? Here’s just a sampling. The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Picasso, Walt Disney, Marie Curie, Albert Einstein, Nelson Mandela, JFK, Patton, and Queen Elizabeth II have all worn a Patek Philippe at some point.

So what is there to say about this intractably beautiful Chronograph? The case is made of a white gold along with nd features an insane CH29-535 PS manual winding movement with 33 jewels. But really, just look at this fantastic luxury Chronograph. Everything else is just details.

Key Features

 White gold case.
Sapphire crystal front and caseback.
Calfskin strap with fold-over clasp.
Jewels: 33
Power Reserve: 65 hours

Specifications

 Brand: Patek Philippe
 Model: 5172G Complications
 Case Size: 41mm

3. Audemars Piguet - Code 1159 Chronograph

This is not a watch. It’s also not a Chronograph. It’s an experience. Made of layers of pink gold, this astronomical watch features an insanely beautiful blue dial and sub-dials that recall a star-lit sky. It’s uniquely shaped sapphire crystal dome is arched in such a way that it plays with perspective and light, providing a unique optic experience.

Key Features

 18-carat pink gold case
Sapphire crystal front and caseback
2 ATM Water-Resistance
Aligator leather strap with 18-carat pink gold folding clasp
Power Reserve: 40 hours

Specifications

 Brand: Audemars Piguet
 Model: Code 1159 Perpetual Calendar
 Case Size: 41mm

4. Glashuette Original - Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

Glashutte Senator Chronograph Panorama Date

Frankly, I don’t want to know how much this men’s watch costs. It’s some absurd number, I’m sure. But that’s beside the point. German manufacturer Glashutte is one of the world’s oldest watchmakers founded more than 175 years ago. Their timepieces reflect a wide variety of classically elegant timepieces that are coupled with typical German functionality and understatement. The Senator Chronograph Date fits that description perfectly. This perfectly understated watch features chronograph functions with a 30-minute counter, stop-second, and a 12-hour display. The stainless steel case is coupled with a Calfskin leather strap with stitching in the same baby blue powder colour as the hour markings and hands—a truly gorgeous Chronograph for the man of taste.

Key Features

 Movement: Automatic 37-01
Stainless Steel case
10 ATM Water-Resistant
Super-Luminova hands
65 Jewels

Specifications

 Brand: Glashutte
 Model: Senator Chronograph Panorama Date
 Case Size: 42mm

5. A.Lange & Söhne - 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst

A.Lange & Söhne - 1815 Rattrapante Perpetual Calendar Handwerkskunst

The moment your company has to produce a video about your watch, you know you have something special on your hands. An astonishing 631 moving parts, 43 rubies, and 4 screwed gold chatons power the movement of this Chronograph. Introduced in 2017, only 20 of them were ever made, and I don’t even know if you could buy one if you wanted to. Nevertheless, I still had to tell you about it. After all, we are talking about some of the most exceptional Chronographs this world has ever known. Hey, here’s a thought. Do you ever wonder if there are other civilizations out there in the deep darkness of space? Would they come up with the same inventions we did? If they became evolved enough, would they, too, choose to measure the concept of time? Would they eventually create a watch and then a Chronograph? Or would their way of measuring time result in a completely different method of timekeeping? Deep thoughts by Jack Handey, huh?

Key Features

 White gold case
Solid gold, hand-engraved dial with rhodiumed, pink gold hands
43 Jewels

Specifications

 Brand: A. Lange & Söhne
 Model: 1815 RATTRAPANTE PERPETUAL CALENDAR HANDWERKSKUNST
 Case Size: 42mm

6. Patek Philippe - 5372P Split-Seconds Monopusher Chronograph

Patek Philippe 5372P SPLIT-SECONDS MONOPUSHER CHRONOGRAPH, PERPETUAL CALENDAR

I suppose all good things must come to an end. And the same is true for our list of the world’s most impressive, beautiful, and iconic Chronographs. And of course, we had to finish it with another Patek Chronograph. I won’t tell you much about this watch other than it’s made of the finest materials (gold, platinum, rubies) and features one of the most impressive, complicated and accurate movements known to man. It also happens to cost more than most Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches.

Key Features

 Mechanical manually wound movement. Caliber CHR 27‑525 PS Q
Rose gold dial
Platinum case
Sapphire crystal case back
3 ATM Water-Resistant

Specifications

 Brand: Patek Philippe
 Model: 5372P Split-Seconds Monopusher Chronograph
 Case Size: 38mm

Sebastian Arciszewski

Sebastian Arciszewski

An enthusiast of all things minimalist. I love the simple design and always look for an aesthetic that complements how an item works. Because after all, a design is how a thing works. You can find me on twitter: @sebastian_a