This isn’t the first time we’ve grouped together a selection of chronograph watches, and it won’t be the last. Watches & Wonders are well into the past, and with Geneva Watch Days not yet upon us, brands aren’t slowing down to offer new and exciting timepieces. And being a favorite issue for chronograph fans, it didn’t take long to compile a buying guide or two. And now we revisit the trusty “chrono” with six of the most recent entries of this extremely popular type of wristwatch.
Hanhart 417 ES 1954
When it comes to historically relevant and vintage-inspired chronographs at a relatively affordable price, Hanhart is impossible to ignore. Especially when they released a more compact and downright stunning version of the iconic 417 ES, a very classically styled pilot chronograph. Measuring 39mm across, its big brother comes in at 42mm, which feels more in line with the historical inspiration behind it. Atop the stainless steel case is a bi-directional rotatable coin-edge bezel with a red marker. It is powered by the modern Sellita SW 510-M, a manually wound chronograph with a running time of 58 hours. Hanhart 417 ES 1954 Retail worn on a period-style black leather bund strap EUR 1,980.
For more information, please visit Hanhart.com
Quick facts – 39mm x 13.5mm – Stainless steel case, brushed and polished – Red marker with fluted bidirectional rotating bezel – Box-shaped sapphire crystal – Solid caseback – 100m water resistant – Matte black dial – Painted hour markers and hands – Bi-compact with Super Luminova Layout – Sellita SW 510-M – Manually wound chronograph – 23 jewels – 28.800vph – 58h power reserve – Chronograph with hours, minutes, small seconds, central seconds and 30-minute counter – Black calfskin bund strap – EUR 1,980
Tissot Telemeter 1938
Tissot knows a thing or two when it comes to chronograph watchmaking and has created some pretty good ones this year. Take a look at the PRX Chronograph Automatic, the PRS 516 Chronograph or the recently introduced Telemeter 1938. It is available with a black dial and gilt indices, tracks and hands, or a silver dial with contrasting red and blue details and hands. . As its name suggests, it captures the spirit of chronographs from the 1930s. The telemeter scale on the edge of the dial is the most important feature, coupled with the sailing tachymeter scale. The Tissot Telemeter 1938 Valjoux A05.321 is fitted with an automatic chronograph and offers a constant 68-hour power. Worn on a leather strap, it retails EUR 1,995.
For more information, please visit TissotWatches.com
Quick facts – 42mm x 15mm – Stainless steel case, brushed and polished – Box-shaped sapphire crystal – See-through caseback – Oval-shaped pushers – 30m water resistant – Silver or black gilt dial – Telemeter and tachymeter chronograph scales – Knife-shaped hands – Caliber Valjoux A05.321 – Automatic Chronograph – 29 Jewels – 28,800vph – 68h Power Reserve – Chronograph with Hours, Minutes, Small Seconds, Central Seconds and 30 Minute Counter – Dark Brown or Cognac Leather Strap with Pin Buckle – EUR 1,995
Certina ds Chronograph Automatic 1968
With a distinctive 1960s design and a 43.5mm by 43.5mm cushion-shaped case, the Certina DS Chronograph Automatic 1968 is definitely a chunky and funky piece. It takes after the original Certina chronograph from the late sixties called the DS Argonaut. It comes in black steel or black PVD coating. Both versions have their own dial, black with orange applied indices or deep blue dial with white makers. The hour and minute hands are white and all are finished in white Super-LumiNova. It uses the Swatch Group’s ETA A05.H31, a significantly upgraded Valjoux 7750. The steel model comes on a black and silver NATO strap and costs. CHF 1,930The black PVD coated model comes with a black leather strap and costs CHF 1,970.
For more information, please visit Certina.com
Quick facts – 43.5mm x 43.5mm – Stainless steel cushion-shaped case with optional black PVD coating – Rotating bezel with sapphire insert – Sapphire crystal front and back – 200m water resistant – Black dial with orange indexes or Deep blue dial with white index Super-LumiNova hands – ETA A05 .H31 (based on ETA/Valjoux 7753) – automatic chronograph – 27 jewels – 28,800vph – 60h power reserve – chronograph with hours, minutes, small second, 30 minute counter – silicon balance spring – black NATO strap with silver stripes or black leather with butterfly clasp Strap – CHF 1,930 (Steel and NATO Strap) – CHF 1,970 (Black PVD coated steel and leather strap)
Frédéric Constant Highlife Chronograph Automatic
The Highlife collection by Frédéric Constant was an impressive success for the brand. It’s well-executed, comes with several interesting iterations, and is relatively affordable. The latest member of the family is the Highlife Chronograph Automatic, which comes in three different versions. First up is a classical stainless steel model with a black dial, followed by a limited edition white and blue panda dial and finally a more outspoken two-tone option. The absence of a tachymeter scale results in more normal vibrations. All three are powered by the caliber FC-321, a La Joux-Perret modified Valjoux 7750. Part of the changes is an extended power reserve, which is now 60 hours long. Straps and bracelets are interchangeable and retail between them EUR 2,995 And EUR 3,295.
For more information, please visit FrederiqueConstant.com
Quick facts – 41mm x 14.22mm – Stainless Steel or Stainless Steel, Rose Gold Plated Elements – Sapphire Crystal Front and Back – 100m Water Resistant – Blue and White Panda Dial – Silver and Rose Gold Dial – Black Dial – Applied Indexes and Hands Super-LumiNova – Caliber FC-391 (Modified Valjoux 7750) – Automatic chronograph – 26 jewels – 28.800vph – 60h power reserve – Chronograph with hours, minutes, small seconds, 12 hours and 30 minutes counter, date – Interchangeable Sterubel bracelet or leather straps – Panda dial Limited to 1,888 pieces – EUR 2,995 (black dial, steel case) or EUR 3,295 (Bicolor or Blue Panda)
Part of Delma’s modus operandi is to create robust mechanical watches at an affordable price. And by looking at the spread of its collections, you’ll understand that they don’t cut corners. A 4,000m water resistant diver, a robust field watch or a classy chronograph, it’s all there. And the last one we see today is Delma Montego. The stainless steel case has been reduced from 45mm to 42mm and has a stainless steel bezel with a tachymeter scale. The dial comes in black, blue, white or green and has a distinctly racy vibe to it. The Montego relies on the Valjoux 7750, which gives you the time, chronograph and day-date display. will cost CHF 2,200 Cordura-effect rubber on or CHF 2,300 On a steel bracelet.
For more information, please visit Delma.com
Quick facts – 42mm x 16.2mm – Stainless steel case and bezel – Sapphire crystal front and back – Screw-down crown – 200m water resistant – Black, white, blue or green dial – Vertical tricompax chronograph layout with day-date display – Valjoux 7750 automatic chronograph – 25 jewels – 28.800vph – 48h power reserve – Chronograph with hours, minutes, small seconds, 12 hour and 30 minute counter, day, date – CHF 2,200 (cordura-effect rubber strap) or CHF 2,300 (steel bracelet)