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What is a stopwatch watch?

A chronograph watch resembles a classic watch, but has an extra function: a stopwatch. This allows you to measure your own lap times while running or to keep track of the times of a group of other athletes simultaneously. In this article, we explain how to use a chronograph watch and in which situations it is useful.

Chronograph vs. Chronometer

Chronograph watch

A chronograph is a watch with a stopwatch function. This makes the watch not only look advanced, but also extremely accurate. Don't confuse a chronograph watch with a chronometer. This is a certified clock that meets a set accuracy standard.

In use

How do I use a chronograph watch?

You use a watch with chronographic functions by pressing the button on the side of the watch case at the beginning and the end of your reading. With the help of the seconds hand and smaller dials you can read how much time has passed. For example, you'll see that 1 hour, 3 minutes, and 14.6 seconds have passed. Ready for a new reading? You can start or reset the watch with the push of a button.

When does a chronograph watch come in handy?

Besides the fact that a chronographic watch looks modern, it also comes in handy for athletes. Runners use it to measure how long they need for a certain distance. A chronograph is also useful for racing enthusiasts and swimmers. Do you want to do several readings one after the other because you want to record the finish time of multiple runners? Then choose a chronographic watch where the hands jump forward to the correct position after the reading has stopped. That way you don't have to reset the hands.


You take accurate readings with a chronographic watch. So it not only looks advanced, but can be very useful, especially for athletes. Although it differs per watch which buttons you use for which function, the functions remain the same.

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