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How to set time on a chronograph watch

Updated November 21, 2016

Chronograph watches measure time in very small increments, including fractions of a second. Chronograph stopwatches also measure elapsed time and typically offer standard analogue time measurement as well. Chronograph watches are available from many watch companies and come in a wide variety of styles, including digital, metal, dress and sports styles. Setting the time on a chronograph watch is relatively easy to do.

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  1. Pull the crown out 2 clicks. The crown is the small knob on the right-hand side of the watch.

  2. Turn the crown until the correct time is displayed.

  3. Push the crown back in 1 click.

  4. Turn the crown until the date on the display is correct.

  5. Push the crown back into the side of the watch.

  6. Press the button on the lower right-hand side of the watch to place the watch in chronograph, or stopwatch mode.

  7. Press the button on the top right-hand side of the watch to start the stopwatch.

  8. Press the button on the top right-hand side of the watch to stop the stopwatch.

  9. Press the button on the lower right-hand side of the watch to reset. Press again to reset the second hands on the watch.

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About the Author

Meredith Jameson writes early childhood parenting and family health articles for various online publications. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from San Francisco State University.

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