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    Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    I appreciate that every watch is different but the Monaco feels a bit limited to me although I still like it. Is there a maximum amount of time an automatic chronograph can go?

    For instance, yesterday I had to cook something for 55 minutes and it would have been very difficult to measure on the Tag, trying to remember if the Chrono hand had already rotated or not. It seems unnatural to me to have a dial that is 30 minutes time because I'm used to 60 minutes or seconds for a full rotation. Of course, I managed to cook my dinner but had to resort to a 55 minute countdown timer on my Tissot which beeped when my food was ready.


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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    Buy a chrono with 60 min counter, this would be my advise.

    Here‘s a nice one.....

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    ...or for a cooking time of 55 min use this...

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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    Well, the Patek is out of my price range and I didn't know there was such a thing as a 55 minute timer. Thanks for posting.

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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    Just use a timing bezel on a dive watch, super easy to keep track of cooking time under an hour. Added bonus extra water resistance and considerably cheaper to own and service.
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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    Let the counter go round twice.
    Or just order delivery.
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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamnine View Post
    It seems unnatural to me to have a dial that is 30 minutes time because I'm used to 60 minutes or seconds for a full rotation. Of course, I managed to cook my dinner but had to resort to a 55 minute countdown timer on my Tissot which beeped when my food was ready.
    Most common mechanical chronos I can think of have 30min totalizers, not 60min. 60 increments are hard to read on a small subdial.. To time more than 30min, many chronos have the additional 12h totalizer.

    Having said that, I agree that a diver's bezel is more practical for cooking.
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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    Q: Why doesn't your Monaco have a longer timer?
    A: Your watch is a reissue of a well known vintage design that came with a 30 minute timer.

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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    The beauties of having a 4 Hour Fly back.. excellent for cooking .
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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    For less than the cost of the Monaco's strap, no problem Comrade!

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    Use the timer on the stove or microwave or your phone next time?
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    Re: Why does my Monaco only have a 30 minute chronograph?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dreamnine View Post
    I appreciate that every watch is different but the Monaco feels a bit limited to me although I still like it. Is there a maximum amount of time an automatic chronograph can go?

    For instance, yesterday I had to cook something for 55 minutes and it would have been very difficult to measure on the Tag, trying to remember if the Chrono hand had already rotated or not. It seems unnatural to me to have a dial that is 30 minutes time because I'm used to 60 minutes or seconds for a full rotation. Of course, I managed to cook my dinner but had to resort to a 55 minute countdown timer on my Tissot which beeped when my food was ready.


    Essentially TAG Heuer is a poor manufacturer of vintage chronographs.

    The original Cal.11/12 had two subdials, one for the 30minutes counter, the other for the 12 hours counter, that was a much more useful chronograph:



    The problem is that Cal.11/12 like their contemporary Seiko 6138/9 didn't have running seconds, therefore if the chrono is stopped the watch gives the impression it's not running, this might be disconcerting for today's buyers (in the 70s it was OK) and since TAG doesn't want to take riskes they opted for the modular ETA without hour counters.

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    Q: Why doesn't your Monaco have a longer timer?
    A: Your watch is a reissue of a well known vintage design that came with a 30 minute timer.
    Mmm no.



    The only classic Heuer with the chrono reaching just 30 minutes was the Cal.15 which was sold at lower price.

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