Fifteen Best German Chronograph Watches Reviewed

This 2017 review looks at the best chronograph watches from the great country of Germany. These watches — not just German but any chronograph style watch — provide great timekeeping and stopwatch functions. At our New York City watch store, customers often ask about these watches due to their due to their stopwatch function and also because of their unique design.

Whether you’re a customer deciding between which brands to buy or looking for the very best luxury timepiece, you can’t go wrong with a chronograph watch.

Just ask the world’s most fashionable super hero – James Bond.

Indeed, good ‘ol James would be the first to tell you: the three distinct hallmarks of a fine gentlemen consist of a nice car, a nice glass of vodka (shaken not stirred) and an Omega watch.

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Chronograph wristwatches not only tell time accurately (helpful when you’re trying to defuse a bomb or chase an international villain), but it also looks damn good, especially when you’re cruising in a convertible Aston Martin. Quit simple, you can’t go wrong with a chronograph watch.

Chronograph watches usually tend to be a little bit larger than regular watches. Stopwatch function is usually found in more sporty and casual watches like automotive or aviation style watches. But some watch companies manufacture watches with stopwatch function that are classic style and sometimes even manufacture them made of gold or platinum.

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look  at the unique chronograph watches from the country of Germany. Often overlooked by chronograph aficionados, Germany produces some of the world’s best watches.

Features to Look For in a Chronograph Watch

Functionality

Needless to say, the main function of the chronograph watch is the chronograph itself. However, it is understood that when you possess a chronograph watch, you would use this feature quite frequently. The way in which the watch works and the visual appearance of the chronograph is pretty important. If it is easier to operate as well as visually appealing, thereafter only you can be sure that the chronograph watch is good enough.

Like James Bond, you want to diffuse the bomb in time and of course, look good doing so. How else can you impress the Bond girl?

Type of chronograph

The chronograph can either be the Column wheel type or the Coulisse lever type. Both of these are different in functioning. Both of these require passing quality standards. The chronograph can either be the Column wheel type or the Coulisse lever type. Both of these are different in functioning as well as visual appearance. The coulisse lever operates in an entirely different way. The gear is in the shape of the heart.

In order to measure the amount of time being monitored, this gear moves between 2 points. This back and forth motion continues while the chronograph is measuring time. The main advantage of this type of chronograph is that it is much more robust and it is much more durable. Also, it is very difficult to manipulate as well. On the other hand, it is not that visually appealing to watch the coulisse lever measure time.

Visual appearance

Last but not the least, you should always look at the visual appearance of your watch. Even though the chronograph watch consists of the main dial as well as multiple subdials, but still, the symmetrical, as well as the asymmetrical designs, look pretty pleasing. That is why you have to look at the design as well as the visual appearance of the chronograph watch before choosing it.

Chronograph watches have had a lot of applications over decades in various sports like racing. Owing to this very reason, certain models often have a unique look like the Tudor Heritage Chrono Blue which has a cluster of different instruments as well within which the dials are placed. In addition to that, most of the chronograph watches also display the mechanical complexity of the watch which is visible from the outer side in one way or the other. This mechanical complexity further adds to the visual appearance of the watch. That is why you not only have to look at the visual appearance but also the mechanical complexity of the watch which adds to the look.

Most people tend to gravitate to the Swiss made watches, when it comes to the chronograph styled watch. Here at Great Watches, while we do love our set of Swiss watches (they make great window displays!), we feel that the German brands should also be considered. Fashion is not just about looking good, but it’s also about finding that unique style. 8 out of 10 people at your next Hollywood party might be wearing a standard Swiss watch, but here at Great Watches, we want our customers looking and feeling like Bond. Sexy. Classy. And above all – one of a kind.

So shall we?

German Chronograph Watch Guide 2017

Sinn

sinn chronograph

Lets start with a prestigious German watch company called Sinn. Sinn manufactures various great chronograph watches and one of them is Sinn 103 St Ty Acrylic. You can get a Sinn 103 St Ty Acrylic with a stainless steel bracelet and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement for about $2,000.

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This watch is 41mm wide and is water proof up to two hundred meters. Sinn 103 St Ty Acrylic comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

If you’re an avid diver or just want something stylish on your yacht party, take a look at Sinn’s Diving Watch:

Limes

Limes is a great German watch company that produces very affordable watches. They manufacture a unique chronograph watch called Limes Nightflight Chronograph. This watch is water proof up to fifty meters and is 38mm wide. You can purchase a Limes Nightflight Chronograph with a stainless steel bracelet and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement for about fifteen hundred dollars. Limes Nightflight Chronograph comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

 

Muhle Glashutte

Muhle Glashutte is a very famous German watch company. They manufacture a stylish chronograph watch called Muhle Glashutte 29er. This watch is water proof up to one hundred meters and is 43mm wide. The price tag for a Muhle Glashutte 29er with a stainless steel case and a calf leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about $2,000. Muhle Glashutte 29er comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Schaumburg Watch

Schaumburg is another great German watch company that manufactures a chunky chronograph watch called Schaumburg Ellomatic Chronograph #1. This watch is water proof up to thirty meters and is 40mm wide. The price tag for a Schaumburg Ellomatic Chronograph #1 with a stainless steel case and a leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about twelve hundred dollars. Schaumburg Ellomatic Chronograph #1 comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Glashutte Original

Glashutte Original is another very famous German watch company. They manufacture a great chronograph watch called Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph. This watch is water proof up to fifty meters and is 40mm wide. The price tag for a Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph with a stainless steel case and a crocodile leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about $7,500.

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Glashutte Original Senator Chronograph comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Archimede

Archimede is a great German watch company that produces very affordable watches. They manufacture a stylish chronograph watch called Archimede Pilot Chronograph. This watch is water proof up to fifty meters and is 42mm wide. You can purchase a Archimede Pilot Chronograph with a stainless steel case and a leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement for about eleven hundred dollars. Archimede Pilot Chronograph comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Nivrel

Nivrel is another great German watch company that manufactures a sleek chronograph watch called Nivrel Grand Date Chronograph. This watch is water proof up to fifty meters and is 38mm wide. The price tag for a Nivrel Grand Date Chronograph with a stainless steel case and an alligator leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about three thousand dollars. Nivrel Grand Date Chronograph comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Tutima

German tutima chronograph watch review

Tutima is a very well known German watch company. They manufacture a great chronograph watch called Tutima Pacific Chrono 767-04. This watch is water proof up to one hundred meters and is 40mm wide. The price tag for a Tutima Pacific Chrono 767-04 with a stainless steel bracelet and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about two thousand dollars. Tutima Pacific Chrono 767-04 comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Jacques Etoile

Jacques Etoile

Jacques Etoile is a great German watch company that manufactures a stylish chronograph watch called Jacques Etoile Imola Moon Phase Chronograph Carbon Fiber. This watch is water proof up to one hundred meters and is 42mm wide. The price tag for a Jacques Etoile Imola Moon Phase Chronograph Carbon Fiber with a stainless steel case and a leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about twenty two hundred dollars.

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Jacques Etoile Imola Moon Phase Chronograph Carbon Fiber comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Brior

Brior is very unique German watch company that manufactures a very beautiful chronograph watch called Brior Chronograph Cavalletto Ebony Wood. This watch is water proof up to thirty meters and is 43mm wide. On top pf the chronograph this watch also features great complications like day/date/month calendar, moon phase calendar and 24 hour day/night indicator. The price tag for a Brior Chronograph Cavalletto Ebony Wood with a wooden case and a leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about twenty four hundred dollars. Brior Chronograph Cavalletto Ebony Wood comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Damasko

Damasko is a great German watch company that manufactures a stylish chronograph watch called Damasko Model DC56. This watch is water proof up to one hundred meters and is 40mm wide. The price tag for a Damasko Model DC56 with a stainless steel case and a water resistant leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about nineteen hundred dollars. Damasko Model DC56 comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Sothis

Sothis is another great German watch company that manufactures a sleek chronograph watch called Sothis Osiris Chronograph. This watch is water proof up to fifty meters and is 43mm wide. The price tag for a Sothis Osiris Chronograph with a stainless steel case and a leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about twenty six hundred dollars. Sothis Osiris Chronograph comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Temption

Temption is a very well known German watch company. They manufacture a great chronograph watch called Temption Classic Black Chronograph. This watch is water proof up to one hundred meters and is 43mm wide. The price tag for a Temption Classic Black Chronograph with a stainless steel case and a calf leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about twenty six hundred dollars. Temption Classic Black Chronograph comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Jochen Benzinger

Jochen Benzinger chronograph

Jochen Benzinger is another very unique German watch company. They manufacture a gorgeous chronograph watch called Jochen Benzinger Chronograph. This watch is water proof up to fifty meters and is 42mm wide. The price tag for a Jochen Benzinger Chronograph with a stainless steel case and a leather strap and an automatic (self-winding mechanical) movement is about eight thousand dollars. Jochen Benzinger Chronograph comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

Sohne

A. Lange & Sohne watch reviews

And finally, A. Lange amp; Sohne is another very famous and prestigious German watch company. They manufacture a great chronograph watch called A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Chronograph. This watch is water proof up to fifty meters and is 39mm wide. The price tag for a A. Lange amp; Sohne 1815 Chronograph with an eighteen karat gold case and a crocodile leather strap and a manual (hand-wound mechanical) movement is about… well it’s expensive unless you’re James Bond.

A. Lange & Sohne 1815 Chronograph comes with a two year manufacturer warranty.

German watch companies manufacture very high quality chronograph watches at reasonable prices. German chronograph watches are great alternatives to Swiss chronograph watches. Prices on all of those watches depend mostly on the brand. For example, A. Lange & Sohne, Glashutte Original and Muhle Glashutte cost more because those are very well known watch companies. However it does not mean that the quality of less known and less expensive watches, Sinn or Tutima, is worse.

The final conclusion of this German chronograph watches review is clear – definitely consider the German chronograph to look good and to stand out.