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    Re: Does anyone know the story behind Chronosport branded watches?

    I have tried to put the sequence into a more stable footing with evidence where I can find it. Most of the information below is from the US PTO. All dates are in "american" format of year-month-day.


    Image Notes Company Serial Number Registration Number First Used Filed Registered Current State Date
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Size:  12.3 KB All Capitals, seems to be sometimes accompanied by a plane logo (see end of table) P.T. Barnard & Associates Ltd US72318747 US 907989 1966-05-00 1969-02-10 1971-02-16 Transferred to Chronosport Inc

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    1992-11-04

    1996-07-13
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Size:  4.8 KB Extended “r” Chronosport Inc US74273908 US 1758232 1966-05-00 1992-05-11 1993-03-16 Cancelled 1999-09-22
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    1967-12-08
    Chronosport International Ltd CA326051 TMA171339 1969-09-22 1970-09-18 Expunged 1981-07-23
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Views: 1911
Size:  3.0 KB Chronosport Inc US73334034 US 1221594 1973-03-01 1981-10-26 1982-12-28 Cancelled 1989-04-27
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Views: 1900
Size:  8.3 KB Chronosport Inc US73284129 US 1212370 1977-09-01 1980-10-31 1982-10-12 Cancelled 1989-04-19
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Views: 1924
Size:  5.8 KB Chronosport Inc US73206937 US 1143305 1977-09-01 1979-03-12 1980-12-16 Cancelled 1987-05-01
    Name:  image 6.jpg
Views: 1897
Size:  3.6 KB Chronosport Inc US74273907 1978-01-00 1992-05-11 Abandoned 1993-02-22
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Views: 1908
Size:  8.8 KB Chronosport Inc US73284128 US 1212369 1978-07-19 1981-01-12 1982-10-12 Cancelled 1989-04-19
    Oceana Chronosport Inc US73390356 1982-06-23 1982-09-22 Abandoned 1984-02-02
    Oceanus Chronosport Inc US73390357 1982-06-23 1982-09-27 Abandoned 1984-02-02
    Name:  image 8.jpg
Views: 1903
Size:  6.9 KB Chronosport Inc US74680505 US 2013272 1995-01-26 1995-05-26 1996-11-05 Cancelled 2003-08-09
    Name:  image 9.jpg
Views: 1887
Size:  11.7 KB Initial capital only. Is this the Helmuth Sinn brand? SCHMIDT LOTHAR DIPL.ING. AT192000 2000-08-24
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Views: 1949
Size:  5.9 KB All capitals again. This will be accompanied by the Ernest Benz logo of an EB encircled. Ernest Benz Company LLC US76277691 US 2626516 2001-12-01 2001-06-28 2002-09-24
    Name:  Chronosport Catalogue Logo 1968.jpg
Views: 1874
Size:  2.6 KBName:  Chronosport Catalogue Logo 1969.jpg
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Size:  19.4 KB Chronosport Catalogue logos from 1968 and 1969 respectively P.T. Barnard & Associates Ltd
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Size:  14.3 KB Logo on Chronosport branded watch on sale on ebay as of October 2012. Notice the all capitals of the text "Chronosport". Assumed to be the same as the first item in this table, and therefore also from P.T. Barnard & Associates Ltd, UK; and believed to have been made with genuine swiss movement.

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    Wow, this thread brought back big childhood memories. On my 10th birthday in the mid 70s my parents bought my first quality watch, a Chronosport Dive Watch with blue face and if I remember correctly "shock-proof" was engraved on the case back or on the dial. I had it through high school and finally lost it. But due to my immaturity, I threw off trees, threw up in the air in the middle of the street to see if it was shock-proof. Yeah, my bezel was banged up, but I could not destroy it. It is to this day the toughest watch I have ever owned. I surfed at least three times a week, had velcro strap and it never failed me in the water. Great thread.
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    Chronosport wrist watches were (are) made by Breitling Watches - Switzerland for Cronus Precision Products in the USA, Not too sure when this association first happened possibly the 70's. The range of divers watched I sold throughout Australia in the 70's and 80's and they were well accepted as tough, accurate and highly reliable.

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    When the quartz watch came out in 1969, Swiss manufacturers tried to get into the quartz watch market. While automatic watches took more time to make, quartz watches were cheaper. A competition soon broke out between Switzerland and Japan who could manufacture the first quartz diver's watch (the goal was to match the water resistance of a Rolex Submariner which was 300m). During the 70s, Seiko and Citizen each came out with divers watches with water resistance ranging from 30m to 200m. Breitling was the first to come out with a quartz diver watch that was water resistant to 300m which they called the Sea Quartz 30. During this time, the US Navy was looking for a more affordable diver's watch to issue their divers (they were issued the Rolex Submariner, which at that time, cost nearly $1000 each, a lot of money back in those days). They tested the Seiko, Citizen, and Brietling Chronosport Sea Quartz 30. Back then, a Seiko or Citizen diver would set you back between $200-$300 (MADE IN JAPAN wasn't cheap). A Chronosport Sea Quartz 30, however would set you back between $150-$200. Breitling won out and got a government contract with the US Navy. At the same time, Brietling also got a contract with the UK Navy. The first British naval officer to wear the Sea Quartz 30 was none other than Prince Andrew. Throughout the 70's and 80's, this was the most sought after watch by military divers worldwide. When digital watches, came out, Chronosport introduced the first analog-digital wristwatch, water-resistant to 200m, retailing for about $400.

    However, things were changing. In 1983, Casio released the G-Shock, the first digital watch water-resitant to 200m. Throughout the 80's, the prices of digital watches began to drop and the G-Shock was available for about $150-$200, including additional features such as alarm, timer, and stopwatch. The final blow came when Timex and Casio released their watches with an "Indiglo" backlight. In the early 90's, the US decided to stop issuing diver's watches to its men and didn't renew their contract with Brietling. Soon, other countries followed through. By this time, the Chronosport was retailing at around $600. Due to rising costs and competition from Casio and new brand names such as Luminox (a Swiss watch company that makes affordable diver watches), Chronosport couldn't keep up and Brietling discontinued it in 1998. Today, it's a memory of a bygone era.

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    When the quartz watch came out in 1969, Swiss manufacturers tried to get into the quartz watch market. While automatic watches took more time to make, quartz watches were cheaper. A competition soon broke out between Switzerland and Japan who could manufacture the first quartz diver's watch (the goal was to match the water resistance of a Rolex Submariner which was 300m). During the 70s, Seiko and Citizen each came out with divers watches with water resistance ranging from 30m to 200m. Breitling was the first to come out with a quartz diver watch that was water resistant to 300m which they called the Sea Quartz 30. During this time, the US Navy was looking for a more affordable diver's watch to issue their divers (they were issued the Rolex Submariner, which at that time, cost nearly $1000 each, a lot of money back in those days). They tested the Seiko, Citizen, and Brietling Chronosport Sea Quartz 30. Back then, a Seiko or Citizen diver would set you back between $200-$300 (MADE IN JAPAN wasn't cheap). A Chronosport Sea Quartz 30, however would set you back between $150-$200. Breitling won out and got a government contract with the US Navy. At the same time, Brietling also got a contract with the UK Navy. The first British naval officer to wear the Sea Quartz 30 was none other than Prince Andrew. Throughout the 70's and 80's, this was the most sought after watch by military divers worldwide. When digital watches, came out, Chronosport introduced the first analog-digital wristwatch, water-resistant to 200m, retailing for about $400.

    However, things were changing. In 1983, Casio released the G-Shock, the first digital watch water-resitant to 200m. Throughout the 80's, the prices of digital watches began to drop and the G-Shock was available for about $150-$200, including additional features such as alarm, timer, and stopwatch. The final blow came when Timex and Casio released their watches with an "Indiglo" backlight. In the early 90's, the US decided to stop issuing diver's watches to its men and didn't renew their contract with Brietling. Soon, other countries followed through. By this time, the Chronosport was retailing at around $600. Due to rising costs and competition from Casio and new brand names such as Luminox (a Swiss watch company that makes affordable diver watches), Chronosport couldn't keep up and Brietling discontinued it in 1998. Today, it's a memory of a bygone era.
    Thank you! That's a pretty comprehensive story!

    Also, in the first season of Airwolf, Stringfellow Hawke wore a Chronosport UDT. Those things were 42mm in the 80s! It looked huge compared to everyone else's.
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    They were 200m water resistant and retailed for $400. In the late 80's and early 90's, Casio came out with 300m water resistant G-shocks. They retailed at nearly $150 back then. They were only available in Asia and never saw the US market.

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    I've been looking for an anadigi to replace my TAG Aquaracer Chronotimer that I sold (which I regret selling), and the UDT just seems so retro cool. And it was Stringfellow Hawke's watch! If I can find one for a decent price, I'll likely grab one.
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    I have a CHRONOSPORT dress watch which has a nicely finished AS/ST1950 movement in it. It's manual wind, sweep secondhand, airplane logo and is ca1965 I believe.
    It's a nice watch and quite accurate.

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    At the age of "about 80" by Helmut Sinn began again,
    he acquired one of the most renowned manufacturers of chromo-
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    I bought one of the original Chronosport diver models in April of 1978. The earliest model did not have the diver emblem on the back (at least that is what I was told). I have used it since diving and in the most extreme conditions. Today it still works and keeps accurate time. Recently I had it restored with new lume and a crystal and pressure tested. It passed. I have a Flieger band on it and use it more as a keepsake. A watch with great Mythos.

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