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Ten Finest Chronograph Watches of the Last Decade


Chronograph watches are extremely popular with consumers. As a matter of fact, they remain the most popular type of watch on the market, and most watch companies are always working to design a newer, more popular look to their line of chronograph watches using the most innovative technology available. Even though most people who buy chronograph watches never use all the functions, if any, the look and statement they make is reason enough to own one.

Chronograph watches are most often used by sports related men or women who have reason to follow, or measure the timing in certain events; auto racing, running, anything that requires speed. Chronograph watches come in a range of complications. From the basic movements and chronograph functions, to the less simple forms with more complications.

Whether you’re into chronograph watches for the look or their functionality, knowing which chronograph watches are considered the finest, on the market may help you decide which chronograph watch and brand is for you. So, for a little insight, here is a list of the top ten finest chronograph watches you may already be familiar with.

Breitling Navitimer World


Style and functionality come together in the Breitling Navitimer World chronograph watch. This stylish watch is the ideal watch for international travelers for several reasons. Two of the biggest reasons travelers love this watch are that you can easily find out the timezone of major cities around the world since they are engraved on the caseback as well as there is an additional central hand that exhibits the time in another location on the 24-hour scale. The hand is displayed by its bright red tip. Breitling gives you a few options to customize the watch using Breitling’s, made-to-measure service which allows you to choose the color of the dial. This elegant watch is available in steel or rose gold. This watch sells for about $5,500.

Aquatimer Chronograph Edition Galapagos Islands


Long name, amazing watch. This watch is not only attractive but it really lives up to this mouthful of a name. The main attraction feature this watch displays is the stainless steel case that has undergone a complex vulcanization process to give it a matte-black rubber coating. This process makes it pressure-resistant to 12 bar. The process involves chemically treating rubber and other synthetic materials with heat and sulfur to make it more functional. Other features worth mentioning are the luminescent elements on the dial and hands and the special-edition engraving on the back of the case. This watch sells for $7,900 and up.

Omega Speedmaster Chronometer


This Omega watch has several features that will appeal to any chronograph watch fan. This is a self-winding watch that displays day, date and month as well as it features a tachymeter for all your speed-reading needs. Omega gives you options to choose from so you can personalize the look to your style and taste. These include the band, case and dial. This watch sells for $3,400.

Louis Vuitton Tambour Diving Chronograph


This is a striking watch that’s made from black gold, which technically is white gold with a PVD treatment. The black on orange band (Bracelet) make this watch stand out among others. A real conversation piece and it features dial details, rotative bezel markings and a transparent back to let you see the complex LJP 8181 movement. This watch is fully water resistant, making it the perfect for divers and it sells for about $3,600.

TAG Heuer Mikrotimer Flying 1000


Tag Heuer is a well-known name in watches and the Mikrotimer Flying 100 is one at the top of Tag’s line. This extremely remarkable watch was created with an in-house concept that is capable of retaining a 1/1000th accuracy. The watch is a masterpiece and has a luxurious look of black titanium carbide case against silver titanium horns. This watch is beyond timeless and it sells for over $88,000.

Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT Blue Steel


When looks count, this watch has it and its features make it the perfect watch for any athletic enthusiast. Not only is this timepiece one of the most unique looking chronograph watches, but it has all the functions you can want, including, fast-action start/stop trigger as well as a reset pusher. Other features include a skeleton GMT hand with a white Super-LumiNova head and red detail and is made of steel with black PVD that incorporates a black rubber strap. On the back of the steel back case, you’ll find a Royal Marine crown symbol. This watch sells in the $8,00 price range.

Graham Silverstone Tourbillograph


The Graham Silverston Tourbillograph is a watch designed with the legendary Silverstone Circuit raceway in England, in mind. What makes this watch unique is due to its automatic column—wheel, (seconds, 30 minutes and 12 hour counter), and its see-through chronograph-tourbillon. It has a Calibre of G1780, 28’800 A/h (4Hz) and has an Incabloc absorber. This watch is set in a jet black case with a crocodile strap, which make it a very masculine looking watch and sells for $52,066.

Piaget Polo FortyFive


Designed with the sport, Polo, in mind, the Piaget Polo Fortyfive is one of the finest chronograph watches of this decade. This particular model was made with an ultra-thin, self-winding caliber 880P movement, as well as it offers dual-time zone and date features and a 45mm diameter case that was intended notify the wearer of the 45 minutes of a Polo match. Piaget has specific signatures they use as their finishing touches for the timepiece, which include – circular Geneva ribbing and caliber number and blued screws. This elegant chronograph sells for $12,000.

Panerai Luminor 1950 8 days Chrono Monopulsante GMT


Although this a manually-wound timepiece, this extravagant men’s chronograph watch is packed with features that make it one of the finest chronograph watches of the decade. One feature is the power reserve of 8 days as well as a second time zone with day and night indicator. It was also designed with a linear indication movement that shows the amount of running time that is left, and a device a seconds reset 24 hours sub dials. Arabic numerals mark the 6 and 12 o’clock times and it is water resistant to 100m / 330 ft. All of these features, including the scratch resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, make this watch stand out above many. It sells for $14,850.

Rolex Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona


As far as fine watches, Rolex has to be listed as one of the top finest chronograph watches. It is a name that everyone knows and trusts and this model is only one that deserves mentioning. The Oyster Perpetual Cosmograph Daytona is elegantly designed for men with a passion for driving. This watch made its debut in 1963 and has been incarnated updated more innovated features such as the patented chronograph mechanism and bezel with a tachometer scale which makes it perfect for timing laps. This watch is scratch resistant with its sapphire crystal and is a self-winding automatic chronometer movement. This watch sells for $13,000 up to over $26,000.

Garrett Parker

Written by Garrett Parker

Garrett by trade is a personal finance freelance writer and journalist. With over 10 years experience he's covered businesses, CEOs, and investments. However he does like to take on other topics involving some of his personal interests like automobiles, future technologies, and anything else that could change the world.

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