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    chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    Hey all.

    I am thinking of getting a chronograph.

    My question is, what if you need to use the chronograph, and the main hands(hour/minute) are blocking one or two of the chronograph hands/dials?

    I am asking because some watches have the hour/minute hands so thick they hide quite a large segment of the smaller chronograph dials, and even the chronograph hands can disappear under the main hands.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    Interesting question, and I understand what you're asking. I only have one 3-dial chrono, an Omega Speedmaster professional, and I time things every now and then. Can't say that I've even noticed the hands being a nuisance by getting in the way.

    Does that help to answer your question?
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    Re: chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    Quote Originally Posted by DW-5600E View Post
    Hey all.

    I am thinking of getting a chronograph.

    My question is, what if you need to use the chronograph, and the main hands(hour/minute) are blocking one or two of the chronograph hands/dials?

    I am asking because some watches have the hour/minute hands so thick they hide quite a large segment of the smaller chronograph dials, and even the chronograph hands can disappear under the main hands.

    Thanks in advance.
    If you haven't bought the chronograph yet, you could probably select one that has nice skinny hands so that they don't block your view of the subdials. Also, since the subdials are only giving you the larger increments, whole minutes at least, you can probably wait a couple of minutes until the hour- or minute-hand has moved to clear the subdial.
    I've got several analogue chronographs and I must confess that it's never been a problem but I guess it's worth taking into account when you're choosing the watch.
    Alternatively, you could get a chrono that has a digital stop-watch on an analogue movement, like a Breitling. I only buy quartz, so there are quite a few multi-functional models available that have digital read-outs.

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    Re: chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    Older chronos (thirties and fourties) almost always had very skinny hand without any lume to avoid this problem.

    As the chronograph watch became more of a statement and less of a timing instrument the hands have become fatter and on some designs the usefulness of the timing functions is almost nil. (Especially, around three, six or nine o'clock.)

    I would suggest looking at the watch(es) that interest you and setting the time so the hour and/or minute hand are over the dial and see how bad the problem is, or if it is something you can live with.

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    Re: chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    Quote Originally Posted by artec View Post
    I only buy quartz, so there are quite a few multi-functional models available that have digital read-outs.
    Since I also prefer quartz, this is an excellent suggestion.

    I've got analogues and digitals...I am really looking forward to my first ana-dig!

    And artec, you have a really nice watch collection. :gold

    Thanks for everybody's reply!

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    Re: chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    Quote Originally Posted by DW-5600E View Post
    Since I also prefer quartz, this is an excellent suggestion.

    I've got analogues and digitals...I am really looking forward to my first ana-dig!

    And artec, you have a really nice watch collection. :gold

    Thanks for everybody's reply!
    Thank you, DW-5600.

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    Re: chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    You know what would be really sweet? If a manufacturer made a chrono that would automatically move the hour and minute hands to 1:50, or wherever it wouldnt block chrono movt, when the chrono feature is activated. Then once the chrono is reset to zero the hands move back to regular time.

    Now THAT would be killer!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Avengeance View Post
    You know what would be really sweet? If a manufacturer made a chrono that would automatically move the hour and minute hands to 1:50, or wherever it wouldnt block chrono movt, when the chrono feature is activated. Then once the chrono is reset to zero the hands move back to regular time.
    Yep, that would be sweet.

    Here's what I just bought, for heavy duty abuse:



    Features:
    Analogue/digital
    Time, dat & date
    Alarm
    Chronograph
    Light and Chime
    Brass case
    10 ATM
    Unidirectional bezel ring
    Plating: IPS (ion plating stainless steel)
    Honed finish
    Hardended mineral glass
    Stainless steel case back
    "pin free" case slot for velcro straps
    Movement: Miyota T-201
    Battery: SR927W
    Case 39mm

    All for less than US$50 shipped. :gold

    EDIT: Notice the digital time is different from the analogue time? Hmm.
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    Re: chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    Quote Originally Posted by Avengeance View Post
    You know what would be really sweet? If a manufacturer made a chrono that would automatically move the hour and minute hands to 1:50, or wherever it wouldnt block chrono movt, when the chrono feature is activated. Then once the chrono is reset to zero the hands move back to regular time.
    I accurately time events such as chemical reactions in a laboratory that take hours to complete. How would I tell the time when the chrono is activated?
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    Re: chronograph dials blocked by main hands

    Quote Originally Posted by G M Fude View Post
    I accurately time events such as chemical reactions in a laboratory that take hours to complete. How would I tell the time when the chrono is activated?
    Good question! Maybe the function could be activated or deactivated when using chrono feature.
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