Chronographs or Chronograph watches are the everlasting collector’s favorite. In the last few years, chronograph watches have been experiencing an extraordinary bang in the collector community. Well there are no other watch permits the customer to experience its inner workings in the same holistic fashion as chronographs. The rite of timing, stopping and resetting to zero engages almost all our senses. Also their visual presentation is something that sets them apart from other watches.

Today modern, digital-timing systems have basically rendered the mechanical chronograph obsolete. The associations with sports, auto racing, aviation and other exciting facets of life are in part why people still love chronographs. The plenty of dials, pointers, scales and crowns let you for superior creativity in the land of function and design.

Seiko Presage SRQ023

Seiko’s Presage chronograph represents one of the greatest values in watch-making. The best part, though, is the dial: it’s made from fired enamel, an incredibly difficult-to-master feature that’s otherwise only seen on watches from Switzerland’s most vaunted manufacturers.

Longines Heritage Diver 1967

The Heritage Diver harkens back to a diver once made by the brand, back in 1967. It features the same column-wheel chronograph movement and “big eye” configuration as its aviation-inspired sibling. But packs it all in a chunky case capable of withstanding 300 meters of water pressure. The beautiful, deep-red bezel is merely a cherry on top.

Sinn 103

Helmut Sinn’s eponymous watch brand got its start building aviation chronographs and servicing Heuer chronographs for the German Air Force. The Sinn 103 is a direct descendant of that history. Normally, Sinn’s watches are packed with its nut so over engineering, but this timepiece is decidedly simple. It features an old-school acrylic dial, a rotating countdown bezel and a plain dial with big, lumed Arabic numerals.

IWC Pilot’s Chronograph

Reminiscent of both IWC’s iconic Mark series pilot’s watches and a series of chronographs the brand made during the ’90s, the IWC Pilot’s Chronograph is a welcome addition to the brand’s aviation lineup. The dial has the unmistakable “Fliger” design of its forebears and a healthy smattering of lume on the hands and numerals.

Zenith Pilot Chronometro Tipo CP-2 Flyback

Zenith’s Tipo CP-2 is a reissue of a rare-as-hell chronograph (as in 2,500 made) produced in the 1960s by Zenith and distributed to the Italian Air Force by retailer A. Cairelli. It has the original’s 43mm case and a flyback movement based on the iconic, high-beat El Primero movement.