If you like your watches sporty – and just looking at your excellent physique it’s likely that you do –then you should seriously about getting a chronograph watch.
Chronographs combine traditional timekeeping with stopwatch functionality. First invented in 1816, they’re mostly associated with motor racing and flying. The one thing all chronographs have in common is at least one small dial that records elapsed time – with a sweeping seconds hand that can working independently of the actual timekeeping.
The king of the chronographs is Rolex’s Daytona, which, like many of its ilk, has a ‘tachymeter’ bezel around the outside to calculate the speed of passing cars. The ‘Paul Newman’ edition with its ‘panda eyes’ sub-dials is one of the greatest watches of all time.
While the Daytona may be out of your price-range (it’s certainly out of ours), there are plenty of other affordable chronographs that will grace your wrist for a fraction of the price. And you don’t have to be a ’70s movie star to wear one...
Sleek, motor-racing-themed chronograph (note ‘chronometer’ means it’s in the top six per cent of watches for accuracy), this is the watch for men who like working out Lewis Hamilton’s speed on the home straight at Brand’s Hatch. The sturdy metal case and tyre-patterned strap give it that extra-masculine edge.
Endorsed by the US Navy SEALs – you know the <really> scary ones – this rubber and plastic chronograph is all about making a statement: that statement being, “I am extremely good at hurting people.” With three sub-dials to work with, you’ll soon be timing your street fights with pinpoint accuracy.
With a distinctly retro-colour scheme, this affordable chronograph works both in a sporty environment and at the depressing workstation you call home for five days a week. The three counters mean that you’ll be able to time every part of your day – including those ‘creative’ fag breaks you take every 20 mins to avoid doing any actual work.