If you don’t count the date feature, the chronograph is probably the most popular complication for watches, as well as one of the most useful: one can find many uses for a chrono during his or her everyday life, such as timing diner preparation or in other work- or sports-related activities.
What makes a timepiece iconic? In most cases, it has something to do with age and heritage, but more importantly, in my opinion, its design should be truly timeless. If you can easily identify a watch as having been around since the 1950s or 1960s and that watch can still be worn today without looking old — well, that’s the definition of timeless. Another important aspect of an icon is that it should be easily recognizable as a specific model and brand. Top 6 Iconic Chronograph Watches:
1. Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph
The “Moonwatch” – Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph has not changed much over the years. Introduced in 1957 as a watch for racecar drivers, it became the choice for NASA astronauts in 1965. In fact, it played an important role during the return of the damaged Apollo 13 spacecraft in 1970. Precise timing was necessary for a safe return into the atmosphere. Couldn’t any other watch have done the job? Probably, but fact is that the Speedmaster was the only watch able to pass NASA’s rigorous testing in its search for a space-worthy chronograph watch. The Moonwatch today has the same basic design as those used by NASA in those days; only minor details have changed. More Replica Omega Speedmaster Professional Chronograph.
2. Rolex Daytona Chronograph
Rolex Daytona Chronograph is also celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Rolex introduced an all-platinum version this year, with an ice blue dial and a chestnut-colored bezel. However, Rolex refuses to call this watch a special or anniversary edition, it is – like all Rolex models – part of its ‘regular’ collection. The cult of the Rolex Daytona started in Italy – so the story goes – with a magazine featuring Paul Newman wearing his Daytona on the cover of a magazine. The Rolex Daytona especially the oldest models fetches very high prices at auctions and has its own subculture among watch collectors. More Replica Rolex Daytona Chronograph.
3. Breitling Navitimer Chronograph
The Breitling Navitimer Chronograph, introduced in 1952. The original watch was meant for pilots and featured a slide-rule bezel. With the slide rule, pilots were able to calculate ground speed, miles per minute, fuel consumption and other mathematical calculations. The Navitimer family came in a lot of shapes and sizes during the years, but we prefer the classical-looking Navitimer that comes closest to the original model from the early 1950s. More Replica Breitling Navitimer Chronograph.
4. TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph
TAG Heuer Carrera introduced in 1963 by Jack Heuer, a chronograph watch clearly inspired by sports cars and the world of auto racing. Now, 50 years later, the TAG Heuer Carrera is recognized as a legitimate icon. Last year’s 41mm Carrera watch was introduced to celebrate the 80th birthday of its founder, Jack Heuer. More Replica TAG Heuer Carrera Chronograph.
5. IWC Portuguese Chronograph
The IWC Schaffhausen has a long and rich history, especially with its Portuguese watches, and yet the IWC Portuguese Chronograph is the youngest watch in this list. A clean and classically designed watch that you will recognize instantly as an IWC, the Portuguese Chronograph has an ETA/Valjoux 7750 movement and a 40.9 mm case. And its design should be as contemporary 50 years from now as it is today. More Replica IWC Portuguese Chronograph.
6. Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph
The original Royal Oak goes back to 1972 and was designed by the legendary Gérald Genta. The Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore collection was introduced in 1993 and was meant to be a more rugged and up-to-date version of the regular Royal Oak to attract a younger and perhaps a new target customer. The themed models from the Royal Oak Offshore collection bear interesting names as ‘Safari’, ‘Navy’, ‘Vulcano’ and so on. Watch aficionados even nicknamed them ‘Panda’ and ‘Elephant’. More Replica Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Chronograph.