What is the point of a chronograph?

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    What is the point of a chronograph?

    Well I've been looking for a new watch, and I can't decide between a Milus Zetios Chronograph or a Perrelet Chronograph or a Jean Marcel Chronograph.

    in my indecision, I've started wondering why I want a chronograph at all

    Do I really need an automatic chronograph, or is it just for looks?

    I have several stop watches as it is...no one is ever going to want to do the 800metres timing with an automatic chronograph worn on my wrist, rather than a digital read out. Equally, I'm never going to go diving with mine.

    What do you use a chronograph for? Do you really need it, or is this just some kind of luxury fad that I'm getting into?

    Maybe I should just stick to a classic minimalist watch piece which only tells me the time and has no dementia aids for the day and date

    While I'm at it, I'm starting to wonder about how accurate the automatic chronographs are. Some websites indicate that the automatic winding watches from Perrelet can go out as much as 3 seconds a day, which is 21 seconds a week, or 1 1/2 minutes a month.

    Thanks for any insights

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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by snowfox View Post
    Do I really need an automatic chronograph, or is it just for looks?
    No, you don't and yes, it is.

    Quote Originally Posted by snowfox View Post
    Do you really need it, or is this just some kind of luxury fad that I'm getting into?
    Bingo!

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    While I'm at it, I'm starting to wonder about how accurate the automatic chronographs are. Some websites indicate that the automatic winding watches from Perrelet can go out as much as 3 seconds a day, which is 21 seconds a week, or 1 1/2 minutes a month.
    "As much as"???? 3 seconds a day is very good for an automatic watch. Maybe a nice quartz chronograph would be a good choice.

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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    An analog chronograph wristwatch is mostly eye candy. Unlike it's digital brothers, the analog chronograph is notoriously difficult to read accurately at a glance.

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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    Arrgh. You're telling me I want what I don't need, yet I really need what has no need.


    Okay - so it doesn't have a particularly good function - but does a chronograph add something to the aesthetics of a watch, rather than just complicating its dial?

    Take this for example:



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    Which would you choose? Why?

    I think I like the metal and brown combination better, but something about the dial seems to lack ... elegance? Is it possible, that the finer font and dial set of the chronograph, offers that kind of refined appearance?

    How does this

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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    I see no point to a chronograph, other than its aesthetics.

    My new Breitling has no chronograph function. I dont need it, and have never used it. Similarly, I dont plan to submerse myself to a depth of 100 metres anytime soon. These features are more to do with keeping costs up than anything else.



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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    I hear what you guys are both saying ....

    but I still feel like I want one! The manufacturers just won't stop making them!

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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by snowfox View Post
    I hear what you guys are both saying ....

    but I still feel like I want one! The manufacturers just won't stop making them!
    Then that is all the justification you need!!! Rationalisation only makes your head hurt. Buy what makes you happy...whether you need it or not!!



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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Senignol View Post
    Buy what makes you happy...whether you need it or not!!
    Bingo #2! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like the watch without the chrono of the two pictured above.

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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Senignol View Post
    Then that is all the justification you need!!! Rationalisation only makes your head hurt. Buy what makes you happy...whether you need it or not!!


    errr...but by that reasoning, I might as well go for this one then!

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    PS - It may be a lifesaver since it will spare me girlfriend probls andtell me when it's that time of the month!

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    Re: What is the point of a chronograph?

    Bingo #2! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I like the watch without the chrono of the two pictured above.


    Thanks for the feedback. I do too. This is the one I had my mind set on, and then suddenly, when you log in to the Home | www.milus.com website and see all the different swing arms of the chronograph watches swinging, it gets so mesmerising that youlosefocus!

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