Which are the top 5 famous sports chronographs in the world?
The natural market is cruel, only with a deep history and pure pedigree, it is possible to survive in the cruel market competition and become the best one. Whether in history or on the market today, Brand need to have a very high visibility to be convincing. Next I will list the top five most famous sports chronographs in the world, these watches come with sports attributes that are very much in line with the current trend and are perfect for watch lovers to get their hands on. The following ranking is not in any order.
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Series starting price: $26,000 (for reference only)
Rolex Daytona was born in 1963 and was originally launched as a chronograph for motor sports, with the most important feature being the tachymeter ring located on the bezel of the watch. The original version included a chronograph function that could measure time periods of up to 12 hours. The dial is neat and easy to read, with a 30-minute counter at 3 o'clock and a small seconds counter at 9 o'clock. A tachymeter scale on the bezel allows the wearer to measure the average speed over a certain distance. Unlike other manufacturers, Rolex had larger scales engraved on the bezel, which was made of stainless steel at the time. The Daytona collection has a very clear and complete history of development. However, due to scarcity, the value of both the models on sale today and the vintage Daytona have risen all the way up to be the most firmly priced Rolex, and it is worth mentioning that the auction record for the most expensive watch in history was also set by Rolex Daytona. Model 116500LN is currently on sale, due to the response to the hot supply exceeds demand, the public price of $26,000 is for reference only, the actual price is subject to market conditions. It can be said that the Ditoner is the most popular chronograph in the watch, and there is no one.
To learn more about the history of Rolex Daytona, please refer to Tracking the Rolex Daytona: A 55-Year History.
Tag Heuer Carrera
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Series starting price: $4750 (universal movement) / $6100 (in-house 02 chronograph movement)
Tag Heuer Carrera was born in 1963. It was one of the first chronographs in history to be launched for racing timekeeping. The original Carrera chronograph did not have a tachymeter ring, while later models added a tachymeter ring to the outer ring of the dial. Historic Carrera chronographs have been marked with the "HEUER" on the dial. The collection has evolved from 1963 to the present day, from the original Valjoux 72 manual chronograph movement, to the Caliber 11 automatic chronograph movement developed jointly with Breitling, and from the round case to the "abalone case" of the 1970s, with many different shapes. Now Tag Heuer Calera Chronograph has started to popularize its own 02 chronograph movement, and launched a tourbillon model with a public price of more than 120,000, which is the lowest public price tourbillon watch among Swiss watches. Tag Heuer Carrera Chronograph has a high reputation in the world.
To learn more about the history of the Tag Heuer Carrera, see Origins of the Carrera.
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The starting price of the series: $8750(common movement) / $11000(in-house movement)
The first to appear is the Breitling Aviation Chronograph, born in 1952, which was developed from the mechanical chronograph launched by Breitling in 1942. Breitling aviation chronograph is famous for the bezel can rotate the "flight slide teeth", but also greatly increase the recognition of the model, in the history of the professional aviation institutions certified. The Breitling aviation chronograph has been around since the 1950s, with a large number of models. It was only in 2010 that Breitling began using its own B01 automatic chronograph movement, the Aviation Chronograph B01. In addition to the higher technical configuration, the in-house movement has a 5-year warranty, which is also a major advantage of the in-house movement version. Breitling Aviation Chronograph covers 41, 43, 46 various watch sizes to suit the needs of different players.
To learn more about the history of the Breitling Aviation Chronograph, see THE ULTIMATE WRIST-WORN INSTRUMENT FOR PILOTS.
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▲ Series starting metric price: $6300 (manual 1861 movement without bottom) / $7250 (automatic 9300 movement)
In 1957, OMEGA launched a professional racing watch, the Speedmaster, a professional racing watch that not only carried a chronograph function, but also had a complex circle of digital scales on the bezel as well as the English TACHYMETRE (tachymeter). Moreover, in 1957, the OMEGA Speedmaster was available in two models, a regular Speedmaster and a Speedmaster fitted with broad arrow hands. Today, in the Omega Speedmaster collection, the Dark Side of the Moon and Snoopy models are sought after by watch enthusiasts. The OMEGA Speedmaster, a watch that has witnessed human legends, is also writing its own legend.
To learn more about the history of the Omega Speedmaster, see The Omega Speedmaster history
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▲ Series starting metric price: $7949
Finally we come to the Zenith El Primero, born in 1969, which is considered to be the world's first self-winding chronograph and the first 36,000 high-frequency automatic chronograph. Forced out of production during the quartz storm, the Zenith El Primero was privately retained by a watchmaker with a full production set, and from 1988 to 2000, it was the Zenith El Primero movement (Rolex number 4030 movement) that was used on the Daytona 16520. The El Primero is now classified as part of the Zenith "flagship collection", with a public price of more than $10000 to $12000. It should be noted that the Zenith DEFY collection of one hundredth of a second chronograph is named DEFY EL PRIMERO 21, but the movement has been completely redesigned, and the construction of the El Primero movement, which was carried over from 1969 to the present, is different, and both are equally worth playing with.
To learn more about the history of the Zenith EI Primero, see The history of the Zenith El Primero.