Poll: Any one use their chronograph functions for more than 30 min?

In a post below we started a discussion with Tick-Talk as the use of having a 12 hour counter in chronographs, thus having a 3rd subdial.

So my question is how many of you actually use your chronograph functions in a way where a 3rd subdial with 12 hour counter (vs a bi compax set out with a 30 min counter) is needed?

I personnaly don't really use my chonograph functions other than cooking and I don't need anything over a 30 min counter (an prefer by far a 2 sub dial lay out vs a 3 sub dial lay out).

01/06/2008 - 15:55
01/06/2008 - 20:35
01/06/2008 - 21:42
rarely use more than 30 mins. prefer the 2 sub dial lay out.nt.
01/06/2008 - 02:23


Re: Poll: Any one use their chronograph functions for more than 30 min?
01/06/2008 - 03:09

I heard the 30 min. chrono was designed for CEOs, because no meeting should last more than 30 min.

Actually there are only veryfew times you need to use chronograph
01/06/2008 - 04:47

i.e. timing flight of your trip, parking meter, timing a race event (as it was meant to be), etc. I only use my chrono cause I only want to see the hand move  So, if you ask me it'd be rare for most of us to use chronograph function...not even more for few mins.  A tri-compax also looks busy for the dial so a bi-compax one would look cleaner (like Malte/Les Historique chrono).

I think this is really rare to use it very long
01/06/2008 - 12:27

so that the 3rd counter is necessary, except if you forget to stop it.

I like to see the hands go ahead, but during a few minutes.

2 counters are enough from my point of view. And the dial does not look like full.

I rarely use it for more than 30 min...
01/06/2008 - 13:47

...I do like however the look of a 3 sub dial lay out

Re: Poll: Any one use their chronograph functions for more than 30 min?
01/06/2008 - 14:20

When timing trips I do but thats very infrequent. I personally like the 2 sub-dial layout and do without the hour function.

Guys Guys Guys...
01/06/2008 - 15:55

...stop to tell us that you only use your chrono for cooking!!! ... I am sure that you never touch a pan LooooooooooL

Tell us that your chrono serves to measure the necessary time to go to your AD from your house: it will be more credible

...I am no more here...................arf arf arf

At the "Kitzbuehel Alpenrally" was a ...
01/06/2008 - 20:26

strong need because of trouble with our mileage indicator at the second day. To be honest it was the first time that I really needed it.

Normally it´s just for fun and cooking as well.

This one can run the whole time without any trouble:

It is the BP Flyback for ladies - my wifes favourite. She just complaints that there is no sapphire back

If it is a really nice chrono I prefer to look on the movement instead of the dial ...

Looking forward what VC will serve us in the future!

One of my favourite chronos is the "old" Les Historiques Chronograph in platinum with a black dial, but unfortunately I don´t own one of this rare pieces


this one? it was made in 25 pieces for the
01/06/2008 - 20:34

Taiwan market.

scan courtesy of DTL

BTW what kind of race is the Kitzbuehel Alpenrally?

Just 25 - I know, I know! But none for me ..
01/06/2008 - 20:45

I really like watches in white metal with a black dial - it happens all the time

The Kitzbuehel Alpenrally is a "race" (more about equability than speed) for vintage cars which exists for already 20 years know. Three days of good fun with nice people and great cars.


Cars and Wristwatches
01/07/2008 - 00:50

Ah...a beautiful car picture!  And it reminds me of another use for my chronograph - as a back-up timer to the GPS during open-road rallyes.  I've never had to rely on it but knowing the watch is running is reassuring.

Here my wife and I are at this year's Pony Express Rally in Nevada.  I'd love to have more discussions on the tie between beautiful cars and watches.

A long time ago ...
01/06/2008 - 20:35

I bought a F.P. Journe Chronograph.  The chronograph go's up to 60 minutes. 

Very comfortable to avoid parking ticket's.

So, if VC does have a 60 minutes chrono  OK!

Otherwise I change the date myself. 

No ! Because...
01/06/2008 - 21:42

I only use it for pasta and eggs... Imagine if I leave an egg in boiled water during 3 hours...

Actually I never use my chronograph for its purpose...
01/07/2008 - 05:52

Like most guys, I just like the way it looks.

Although I cook quite a bit, I seldom wear my watches at home and never for such demanding activities as boiling pasta, and the like!!

I do prefer the two-dial layout too as it has a balanced and classical look to it.  Of course, three-dial layout is cool too.



Re: Actually I never use my chronograph for its purpose...
01/08/2008 - 05:03

When I cook I use the timer on the stove so I can hear it.

I like the look of the 2 dial layout on the Malte with strap as it looks dressy

I like the 3 dial layout on watches with bracelets as they look more sporty

I used to use the hour subdial to keep track of billable hours...
01/07/2008 - 06:29

and I actually prefer the look of a 3 subdial chronograph.  One of my favorite chronographs was the Historique automatic chronograph, although the date window did detract from its appearance. 

Best regards,


Re: Poll: Any one use their chronograph functions for more than 30 min?
01/07/2008 - 09:37

Hi again. Happy new year to everybody.

The only chronograph I have is a Maurice Lacroix which I bought because I liked the third sub dial with the moon face. :-) I only used the moon face twice to plan a romantic dinner with my wife and the chronometer once to check if it is working. This is the reason I prefer dual time watches. I use the second time zone very often either during trips or for phone calls and especially during transatlantic cruises where you are at a different time zone each day it is really useful. George

Rarely use it and a 2 sub-dial will suffice (nt)
01/07/2008 - 12:10

It couldn't be any clearer!
01/09/2008 - 00:46

Here is a picture borrowed from The Purist, showing the 2 and 3-counter dials.  Seems most prefer the 2-counter version.

How about four dials?
01/09/2008 - 00:47

its more balanced...absolutely love this watch :-) (nt)
01/09/2008 - 11:39