10 Uses for the Chronograph

May 1998

Timepieces:Data & Statistics

10 Uses for the Chronograph

So you're not an airline pilot or race car driver. Still, there are reasons beyond sheer good looks to use your chronograph for more than the time of day.

  1. The Stop Watch.
    Press the button at the start and again at the stop of any event.
  2. Second Time Zone.
    Use the hour subdial like a second watch – start precisely when you know hour differences between the two time zones.
  3. Appointment Reminder.
    Advance the chrono hand to an hour or minute you would like to note. With the hand off its normal 12 o'clock position, you'll again see your appointment time.
  4. Quick Glance.
    Move the chronograph hand to cover the minute hand. After a workout, for example, look at the new position of the minute hand for quick note of elapsed time.
  5. Knotted Handkerchief.
    When a great idea springs to mind, hit your chrono start button. Stop after a few seconds. Later, your idea will return to you as you note the odd placement of the chrono hand.
  6. Countdown.
    Place the chrono hand at a future point in the hour. When the minute hand gets there, your time is up.
  7. Two-Timer.
    Start the chrono hand precisely when the seconds hand is at 60. The first lap "winner" is stopped with the chronograph button; the second is indicated by the small seconds hand.
  8. Recordkeeping.
    Activate the chronograph when an event you'd like to recall occurs. Before the end of the hour, subtract the elapsed time and recall precisely when the event occurred.
  9. "Crash" Chronograph.
    Start the chronograph when you're in a fender-bender accident. You may be the only person able to tell the police precisely when the other car hit yours.
  10. Good Luck
    Place the chronograph hand on your lucky number – and have a nice day.

Source: Dieter Henning, International Watch Co.

Copyright © 1998 by Bond Communications.


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