How to Use a Chronograph Watch

by W. Nicole Barclay ; Updated September 28, 2017

Use a Chronograph Watch

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A chronograph watch features the time and has the functions of a stopwatch. Some of the most popular chronograph watches, such as those made by Rolex, display the day of the week or date as well. While the additional features may vary, learning how to set the time and use the stopwatch will help you maximize the enjoyment of your timepiece.

Set the time on your watch. Pull out or twist out the center dial on the left side of your watch face. You should feel it settle into an extended position. Twist the dial to move the hour, minute and second hands until your watch reflects the proper time. Push dial in, or twist, to secure and resume watch function at the proper time.

Set the date of your watch, if available. Pull out, or twist, the center dial on the left side of your watch face. You should feel it settle into an extended position, then pull again to reach the most extended setting function which controls the date. Twist the dial to move the day and date until your watch reflects the proper date. Push in the dial in or twist to secure and resume watch function with the proper date.

Use the stopwatch function. Note that your watch has small circular designs on its face: most have three. If stopwatch buttons are not visible, these small faces should have moving hands that show as seconds elapse. The frame of your watch face may also move to allow you to watch seconds elapse from a set moment. Experiment with using the markings to measure and time a few actions in minutes or seconds. If stopwatch buttons are provided, they will be located above and below the center adjustment dial. Press the top button to start and stop timing. Press the bottom button to reset.

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About the Author

W. Nicole Barclay has been writing and editing professionally since 2004, focusing on the fashion and retail industry. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design and holds a Bachelor of Science in history, international affairs and archeology from Northeastern University. She has completed master's degree work in public policy and nonprofit administration at Northeastern University and The American University in Cairo.