Chronograph Watch Glossary
Chronograph Watch Terms:
The term “complication” refers to any watch function other than the basic timekeeping function, such as calendars, stopwatches, alarms, and other extras.
This chronograph watch displays both the time and the stopwatch functions with analog hands on a dial. The center hand will indicate the stopwatch functions while the seconds are displayed in a subdial. Quartz watches with analog chronograph function often display 1/10th seconds and 1/100th
This watch style has an analog dial with hands and a separate digital display. The two displays usually operate independently of each other.
A countdown timer measures how much of a preset time period has passed. The yacht timer found on some watches will sound alarms during a countdown to a race start time.
A digital dial shows the time and other features in an LCD or LED display. This feature is useful for displaying detailed information on a multifunction or chronograph watch.
A double-chronograph watch features two independent stopwatches; the stopwatch functions can time two events simultaneously.
This is the extra hand that, along with the second hand, performs the splits-second function of measuring intervals.
A lap timer measures the segments of a race; it can be stopped to show the time for each lap without losing track of the total race time.
Some sport watches have the ability to store lap times that can later be recalled by the user. A lap-time memory will be found in a quartz watch with digital display.
This is the French term for splits-second chronograph function.
Register is an alternative word for subdial.
This function allows two hands to measure specific amounts of time and the intervals. The hands move together, but one hand, called the flyback hand, can be stopped independently to note a point in time while the other hand continues to move. The flyback hand can then be started again and will “fly back” to catch up to the first hand. This function can be used as a lap timer.
The small dials set in the main dial of a watch face are called subdials.