Best chronograph watches under £2,000

Discover the 4 best chronograph watches on an affordable budget which show top quality and aesthetic.

Have you ever looked under the hood of an ordinary automatic watch without any added complications? The watch complication is filled with hundreds of moving parts just to allow the hour, minute and second hand to move. Now imagine how much more complex the internal movement for a chronograph has to be, which can power up to three additional dials.

They are designed with extra complications that are characterised by mini-dials and extra push buttons on the righthand side of the bezel, that is used for monitoring different lengths of time.

The chronographs track passing seconds, minutes and hours and can also act as a stopwatch – which can be easily reset and used again. These functions have many uses for timing sports events, meeting lengths and for aspects of personal health. Some of the most popular chronograph watches, the racing watch, features a tri-compax layout with a tachymeter on the outside to help measure the car’s speed.

 

So, what are the best Chronograph watched under the £2,000 budget?

Finding a watch that not only provides the basic function of time telling but also gives you the use of up to 3 different dials, is an amazing feat – even more so if it is powered by an automatic movement. Yet in our hunt to find the best chronograph watches under £2,000, we have found four of the best chronographs money can buy – based on their design, movement and brand.

Hamilton Watch American Classic Infra-Matic Auto Chrono

Hamilton American Classic Infra matic Auto chrono
Specifications
Movement  Swiss (Manual Winding)
Material Stainless Steel
Crystal Sapphire
Water Resistance 100m
Case Diameter 40mm
Power Reserve 60 hours

This eye-catching watch is a modern version of the 1968 design that is both classic and sporty, launched in Autumn 2019.

It has a very distinctive 40 mm cream-coloured dial with two black sub-dials that have earned it the nickname ‘the panda’. The first sub-dial is placed at 3 o’clock position is a 30-minute totalizer, whilst the 9 o’clock sub-dial is a second counter.

The watch is encased with a slim styled polish stainless-steel case which is overpowered with a wide dial that has a black tachymeter around the outer edge, which completes the watch’s personality. Interestingly, the complex design a chronograph usually expresses does not take effect on this watch.

The date aperture window, found at the 6 o’clock position, is coloured with a white background and contrasting black numerals to enhance readability.

The hour and minute hands are coloured white whilst the second had is coloured with a subtle silver to maintain the simplistic aesthetic.

After taking a closer look at the watch, the five-minute intervals appear to be in a distinctive tri-coloured design, in black and silver with white tips, whilst the minute intervals are in black.

The watch is powered by the exclusive H-31 in house movement, a powerful automatic chronograph. This retro-styled watch is completed with a soft black leather strap, similar to the original racing watch aesthetic used in the 1960’s era.

Hamilton watches is a familiar Swiss made brand, known for their combination of Swiss precision, and American spirit. Hamilton has remained a popular watch brand which is often under-rated by many individuals when looking for a watch.

Junghans Unisex Meister Chronoscope Automatic Chronograph

Junghans Unisex Meister Chronoscope Automatic Chronograph
Specifications
Movement  Swiss (Automatic)
Material Stainless Steel
Crystal Sapphire
Water Resistance 30m
Case Diameter 40.5mm
Power Reserve 48 hours

Junghans, known for its quality and reliability, was founded in 1861 in Schaumberg in Germany. Once became known as the largest watchmaker globally – manufacturing three million watches a year in 1903.

This stylish unisex watch is slim, refined and elegant and is perfect for formal wear. It has a stainless-steel case measuring at 40.5mm silver-tone dial, designed with three silver chronograph sub-dials – all with black numbers, intervals and hand. The dial has fine silver 5-minute intervals and smaller one-minute ones, and the hands are silver-coloured. At the 3’oclock position, there are day and date windows with black detail on a white background. The dial is protected by hardened anti-reflective glass and the watch strap is in soft dark brown alligator leather.

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Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Chronograph

Maurice Lacroix Aikon Automatic Chronograph
Specifications
Movement  Swiss (Automatic)
Material Stainless Steel
Crystal Sapphire
Water Resistance 20ATM (200m approx.)
Case Diameter 44mm
Power Reserve 48 hours

This stylish watch is modelled on the brand’s iconic and best-selling watch of the 1990s- the Calypso. This is an extremely smart looking watch with a satin stainless-steel case which has the company’s famous six-arm design on the bezel, highlighted in polished stainless steel.

The watch dial is 44 mm in diameter, striped black in colour, with chronographs at the 6, 9 and 12 o’clock positions. There are large silver 5-minute intervals, smaller silver one-minute intervals and silver hands. There are day and date windows at the 3 o’clock position, with the detail in silver on a black background. The dial is covered by flat sapphire crystal. The watch is presented on a soft black leather strap, decorated on either side of the dial with the famous company logo.

Maurice Lacroix is based in the Jura region of Switzerland and has been making luxury watches for more than 40 years. The company is well known for its precision and attention to detail and in the last ten years has produced 14 really excellent movements in-house.

Sinn Flieger Chronograph 103 St

Sinn Flieger Chronograph 103 St
Specifications
Movement  Swiss (Automatic)
Material Stainless Steel
Crystal Acrylic glass
Water Resistance 200m
Case Diameter 41mm
Power Reserve 42 hours

This pilots’ watch is perfect for those who lead a busy active life as it has plenty of functions, is highly visible and easy to read at night and is water-resistant to 200 metres. An impressively designed watch by Sinn which not only makes it a great piece for evening wear but also when enjoying leisurely activities such as swimming.

The watch is encased with 41mm wide stainless steel that has been carefully engineered to make it tough and durable. It is coloured with a matt black dial with luminous white hands and five minutes plus one-minute intervals. There are three chronograph dials: the 12-hour counter is at 6 o’clock, the second counter is at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute counter at 12 o’clock.

The watch displays a day and date window at the 3 o’clock position with white detail on a black background. Although the dial is protected by a lower standard than sapphire crystal, the acrylic glass provides a shock-resistant element to the watch. Surrounding the watch is a black bezel, which is marked with very clear and easy to read luminous key pointers. This watch is German made with a Swiss movement and is completed with a black leather strap.

Sinn- Spezialuhren is a name that is well known for making watches that are extremely tough and durable as well as being extremely high quality with excellent precision. No wonder the company slogan states that its watches are ‘at home all over the world- but especially in the mountains’.

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