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Sep 23, 2015

Chronograph Saga 3 – The Flyback

Tags: Aviation, Batyscaphe Flyback Lim. Ed. Ocean Commitment, Blancpain, Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback, Flyback Chronograph, Longines, Louis Nardin, Parmigiani Fleurier, Richard Mille


The flyback chronograph is an evolution of the original complication. It allows the watch to restart a time measurement without having to first stop and reset the function. Indeed, the reset button of the flyback immediately restarts the timing function by automatically stopping, resetting, and starting the timing with just one push.

Before digital instruments became the norm, this function was of great help for pilots and their navigation needs as it helped them calculate distances and speeds with the immediate return-to-zero function without losing any time resetting the chronograph.

It’s perhaps not surprising that a brand long known for its pilot's watches, Longines, was the first to patent the flyback in 1936. Longines is a pioneer in watches for pilots, particularly with its two models the Weems and the Lindbergh, which integrate navigational tools into the dial.

The flyback chronograph has become ever more popular over the years, offering additional functionality to the regular chronograph without being as complex (and expensive) as the split-seconds chronograph we will cover in the next report.

The flyback chronograph can perhaps be described like the gentleman of the chronographs. It's not as aristocratic as the split-seconds chrono nor is it as casual as the standard chronograph.



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  • Eekhoornstaartlolly

    Eekhoornstaartlolly

    in a world were 20k chronographs are 'casual' :p

    Apr 19, 2016

  • Peter K

    Peter K

    Thank you for such quality video keep up the good work .

    Sep 25, 2015

  • Simon Pagano

    Simon Pagano

    I'm no pilot, but I will say this: A Flyback is seriously useful in the kitchen.

    Sep 24, 2015

  • G-FORCE

    G-FORCE

    Wow 2 videos in one day I think I'm dreaming! Awesome as always, keep the sagas coming!

    Sep 23, 2015

  • SK97

    SK97

    Awesome video as always! Thank you, thank you, thank you it's a pleasure to watch such videos as a watchmaker apprentice!

    Sep 23, 2015

  • yiannis merianos

    yiannis merianos

    spread the knowledge! 🙌

    Sep 23, 2015


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