A chronograph is another name for a watch with a stopwatch function. The buttons, or pushers, on a chronograph start, stop and reset the stopwatch. The watch tells time as usual, even while using the chronograph.Continue Reading
Press the top button on the right side of the watch to start the timer. When the timer starts, the longer second hand starts to move. For every complete rotation the hand makes around the dial, an increment of time is recorded in a subregister, or recorder, on the watch. The subregister displays the recorded time in seconds, minutes and possibly hours.
Press the top button a second time to stop the timer. The total time elapsed is displayed in the subregister. The amount of time recorded depends upon the capabilities of the watch. A chronograph can record anywhere from 30 minutes to 12 hours.
Press the bottom button to clear the stopwatch, which resets the subdial and the longer second hand.
Some chronographs also feature a tachymeter, which allows the wearer to calculate speed based on the time recorded and/or distance traveled based on the speed. The tachymeter is the scale of numbers featured on the outside of the watch. The standard scale converts between the duration of the event in seconds and the number of times the event occurs in an hour. To calculate the speed, travel a known distance, and use the stopwatch function. Divide the 3,600 seconds in an hour by the number of seconds recorded by the stopwatch. To calculate distance, hold your speed constant. When the second hand reaches the mark on the scale equal to the speed, the distance traveled is equal to 1 mile.
Different Volvo watches include the digital Suunto Ambit, Traverse and Elementum Terra watches, as well as the analogue New R-Design chronograph watch, as of 2015. Volvo's Suunto watches are specifically designed for people who are active outdoors. Its New R-Design chronograph watch is meant for general use.Full Answer >
Instruction manuals for chronograph watches are usually available on the manufacturer's website for the particular model of watch. Some manufacturers also offer customer care contact information that allows users to get in touch with support personnel who can help them with specific questions.Full Answer >
Sportline.com features downloadable PDF manuals for all of its products. Click on Products in the main menu bar, find the Sport Timers category, and select a model of stopwatch from the product images. Each product page has individualized product manuals available for download.Full Answer >
Three online retailers that offer countdown timer stopwatches are Bodytronics, Power Systems and Robic. The Bodytronics site offers a few countdown stopwatches from the Robic brand. In addition to countdown stopwatches, the Robic website has many different types of timers, such as fitness and dual purpose timers.Full Answer >