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In a world where time is kept accurately nearly everywhere, it can be easy to forget how significant precise watches once were. The ability to accurately track the passing of time, more than just ensuring wearers that they’d get to their appointments on time, allowed astrologists to track the passing of the stars more closely, helped generals conduct military operations, and ensured racers honest results on the track .

We’ve gone about trying to put together what we think are some of the best chronographs out there. A few are more gaudy and fun, others classics that helped astronauts sail through the stars and race-car drivers track their speed over land. Whether you’re a daredevil and explorer yourself or you simply have an affinity for the romantic associations and craftsmanship that these timepieces have – we’re sure you’ll appreciate this list of the best Chronographs out there.

For a long time it was thought that the first chronograph was made by a French watchmaker by the name of Nicolas Mathieu Rieussec in 1821. He was, after all, the man who coined the term ‘chronograph’ (literal translation: ‘to write time’). This common knowledge was turned on its head, however, when it was discovered in 2013 that a man by the name of Louis Moinet had created a chronograph stopwatch 6 years earlier in 1815. Moinet, also a French watchmaker, had built a stopwatch that could record time up to 1/60th of a second, and was intended to help astronomers accurately track heavenly movements. Amazingly, this same instrument is still functioning over 200 years later.



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