The Chronicle of the Chronograph

The chronograph, from the Greek words “chronos” (time) and “graph” (writing), has long held a prominent place in the horological world. A brief dip into its history will reveal that the chronograph is more than just a stopwatch; it’s a testament to human ingenuity.

Seiko: A Journey Through Precision

Seiko, a name synonymous with accuracy and innovation, offers a diverse range of watches featuring chronograph functions. Here’s a step-by-step guide to setting up the chronograph function in your Seiko watch:

  1. Locate the Pushers: On most Seiko chronographs, there are two pushers on the side of the case. The top one starts and stops the chronograph, while the bottom one resets it.
  2. Starting the Chronograph: Press the top pusher to initiate the chronograph function. You’ll notice the second hand starting to move.
  3. Stopping and Resetting: Press the top pusher again to stop the chronograph. Press the bottom pusher to reset the chronograph hand back to zero.
  4. Using Sub-dials: Some Seiko chronographs come with additional sub-dials for hours or minutes. Familiarize yourself with these dials for more detailed time tracking.

For a deeper dive into Seiko’s rich history and varied watch models, check out our [Seiko Watch Collection Guide].

Orient: Merging Tradition with Modernity

Orient watches, often celebrated for their meticulous design, provide an enriching chronograph experience:

  1. Pusher Layout: Orient watches come equipped with two pushers flanking the crown. The functionality is similar to Seiko – the top one for starting and stopping, and the bottom for resetting.
  2. Activating the Chronograph: By pressing the upper pusher, you initiate the chronograph, as indicated by the ticking second hand.
  3. Pause and Reset: Use the top pusher to halt and the bottom one to revert to zero.

Immerse yourself in the world of Orient by visiting our [Orient Timepiece Collection].

Citizen: The Power of Eco-Drive

Citizen watches, particularly those with the Eco-Drive technology, blend sustainability with style. The chronograph function in Citizen watches mirrors the brand’s commitment to precision. Follow these steps to set up the chronograph function:

  1. Pusher Positions: Similar to Seiko, Citizen watches typically have two pushers. However, the positions might differ based on the model.
  2. Starting the Chronograph: Initiate the chronograph by pressing the top pusher. Observe the second hand as it starts ticking.
  3. Pausing and Resetting: Use the top pusher to halt the chronograph and the bottom one to reset.
  4. Advanced Features: Some Citizen models come with advanced features like a flyback function, which allows instant resetting of the chronograph. Make sure to consult your manual for model-specific functionalities.

Looking to explore more about Citizen’s innovation in watchmaking? Head over to our [Citizen Eco-Drive Exploration].

Troubleshooting Your Chronograph

Encountering issues with your chronograph function? Here are some common problems and solutions:

  1. Chronograph Doesn’t Start: Ensure the watch battery isn’t depleted. For Citizen’s Eco-Drive, ensure it’s adequately charged.
  2. Second Hand Misalignment: This can happen after a battery change. Follow the recalibration steps in your user manual.
  3. Chronograph Resets Incorrectly: This often requires professional recalibration. It’s advisable to consult with the watch manufacturer or a trusted watch repair service.

For more comprehensive troubleshooting tips, visit our [Watch Troubleshooting Guide].


Seiko, Orient, and Citizen—three titans of the watchmaking realm—offer not just time-telling devices, but pieces of art. Their chronograph functions, while varying subtly, all aim to provide precision wrapped in elegance. By mastering these setups, wearers can unlock the full potential of their timepieces.

Enrich your horological knowledge further with our [Ultimate Guide to Watch Mastery].

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