The 6 Best Chronograph Watches Below 10k

carl f. bucherer chronograph

The Best Chronograph Watches – Introduction

The term ‘chronograph’ is composed of the two ancient Greek words ‘chrónos’ and ‘gráphein’. Which means ‘time’ and ‘write’. The term thus describes watches with an additional stopwatch function.

How do I distinguish a chronograph watch from others?

Chronographs are typically characterized by two pushers allocated next to the crown and a few additional small dials (called “totalisers”) on the main dial where seconds, minutes and hours are indicated. Starting the chronograph, seconds are shown by the large clockhand.

The evolution of the pilot watch

Unsurprisingly, this technique was used for aviation at the beginning of the 20th century. Accordingly, you will find a lot of pilot’s watches within the chronograph world. We will explain that in detail later.

When shall I wear a chronograph watch?

They are so to say the ideal ‘daily driver’. Your everyday-watch. A mixture of sportiness, elegance and a statement. The following watches are all easily combined with various dress codes such as Smart Casual or Business Casual.

The Best Chronograph Watches Below 10,000 CHF

The best chronographs below 10’000 CHF are a popular topic among our readers and definitely not easy to answer. All the timepieces listed below are an excellent choice in terms of beauty, quality and reliability. Once again the choice was far from easy. One or another brand listed here, offers other beautiful chronographs in the assortment. Our top 5 is deliberately not numbered because it should not be a ranking list.

Carl F. Bucherer – Manero Flyback

This handsome version of the Manero Flyback was presented at the Baselworld this year. It includes timeless elegance, sportiness and watchmaking at its finest. It is outstanding in terms of price/quality, since you get a very sophisticated movement for this amount of money.

die besten chronographen

Price
5900.- CHF ¦ Ref. 00.10919.08.93.01

Movement
Manufactured chronograph movement – automatic calibre CFB 1970
Power reserve 42h

Case
Stainless steel, diameter 43mm

Strap
Louisiana-Alligator-leather & folding clasp

Functions
A flyback chronograph is a complication watch, in which you can use the reset function without the need to first stop the chronograph. In regular chronographs you need to stop, reset, and restart the chronograph if you want to time an event after you have started the chronograph.

OMEGA Speedmaster Moonphase

The first watch worn on the moon and a must-have in every watch collection of a gentleman. The Speedmaster, which has been part of all six moon missions, is one of OMEGA’s most legendary timepieces. In line with the discovery spirit, this new speedmaster contains two small moons.

omega chronograph

Price
9900.- CHF ¦ Ref. 304.33.44.52.03.001

Movement
Manufactured self-winding chronograph with column wheel and Co-Axial escapement. Certified Master Chronometer, approved by METAS. Calibre 9904.
Power reserve 60h

Case
Stainless steel, diameter 44,25mm

Strap
Alligator leather

Functions
Moonphase

IWC Pilot’s Watch  «Le Petit Prince»

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry was a recognized author and a lover of aviation. His book, ‘Le Petit Prince’, is a world famous bestseller. IWC takes the theme of Saint-Exupéry’s petit prince with a special edition and presents this beautiful double chronograph.

iwc chronograph

Price
5400.- CHF ¦ Ref. IW377714

Movement
Self-winding mechanical chronograph movement (ETA)
Power reserve 44h

Case
Stainless steel, diameter 43mm

Strap
Brown calfskin leather

Functions
Innovative display of the weekday.

Breitling Navitimer 01

Where shall we start? Official supplier of aviation. Inventor of the modern chronograph. A legend on the wrist.

breitling chronograph

Price
8700.- CHF ¦ Ref. AB012012|BB01|447A

Movement
Calibre Breitling 01 (manufactured movement)
Self-winding
Power reserve min. 70 hours

Case
Stainless steel, diameter 43mm

Strap
Polished steel

Jaeger Le-Coultre Master Chronograph

Lovers of mechanical watches will appreciate the simple design of this model. With its modern look and distinctive vintage accents, the Master Chronograph inspires everyone who is looking for a touch of genuineness.

jaeger le-coultre chronograph

Price
8400.- CHF ¦ Ref. 1538530

Movement
Manufactured self-winding movement, Jaeger-LeCoultre calibre : 751G
Power reserve 65h

Case
Stainless steel, diameter 40mm

Strap
Alligator leather

Functions
Hour counter, Chronograph, 30-minute counter, Hour – Minute, Tachometer

Zenith Chronomaster El Primero Full Open

A clear view of a legendary mechanism: The famous Chronomaster El Primero «Full Open» by Zenith is justifiably named by its heart, performance and precision thanks to its fully opened and skewed dial. This chronograph beats at a high frequency of 36’000 Vph, or 5 Hz, which makes it one of the fastest and most precise industrial chronograph.

Chronograph Watches

Price
9900.- CHF ¦ Ref. 03.2081.400/78.C813

Movement
El Primero 400, self-winding movement
power reserve 50h

Case
Stainless steel, diameter 42mm

Strap
Alligator leather

Functions
Central chronograph clockhand
12-hours-counter at 6 o’clock
30-minutes-counter at 3 o’clock

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