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I have seen these on occasion and always wondered who copied whom. Hmm, these chronographs look strangely familiar :eek:




 

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I'm not sure, but I think I read that Seiko came out with this design first and it was also copied by other brands as in the Sears-Roebuck Tradition chronograph.
 

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I believe the race to create the first automatic winding chronograph went to Zenith and the iconic El Primero. It beats at 36,000 bph which allows 0.1 second indications as well.
 

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Wait, I thought that Sears was first to market, while Seiko had the first working prototype?

Though, I'm pretty sure Burberry had first presented it to the public in an exhibition, in a consortium with hallowed manufactures the likes of Giorgio Armani and Luis Vuitton.

Yep, the 1990s...heyday of auto chronographs.

 

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The race for the first self-winding chronograph was,circa 1965 when announced. Between Seiko, a Swiss consortium and Zenith they all seemed to be close to each other about 1968 or 1969.

The slightly later Valjoux 7750 remains my personal favorite.
 
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