We continue our search for hot ‘racing certainty’ chronographs, and this time the budget has been increased. Here are the best racing chronographs under $1,000.

At $1,000 you’re really only just getting warmed up in the world of quality racing chronographs, you can go much higher and your money can go much, much faster.

There are two features which define a good racing watch. A chronograph and a tachymeter. A chronograph is a watch with a separate stopwatch function, usually featuring an extra sub-dial (or three) and pushers at the 2 and 4 o’clock positions to start/stop and reset the second hand.

A tachymeter is a type of bezel used to make time and distance calculations. By measuring the number of seconds to travel a known distance, the outer markings will show speed in the unit measured per hour.

Let’s look at our selections in this price category, although barely past entry level, there is still plenty of style and quality to be found, but be warned, some of the choices run on a quartz movement so look away now if that offends you.

 

LAPIZTA ADDAX CHRONOGRAPH



We start with the distinctly racing tuned Addax Chronograph by American brand Lapizta founded by third generation watchmakers. Capturing the coveted components of exotic and powerful racecars, the ADDAX embodies precision, comfort, and performance. Encased in a bold 48 mm coated stainless-steel case, the multifunctional chronograph demands attention with daring color accents and sophisticated details. Amazon price: $550.00

CERTINA DS-2 PRECIDRIVE



A member of the Swatch Group, Swiss brand Certina offers up the DS-2 Precidrive chronograph for your consideration. Ok, it’s quartz, but the watch takes its influences from the brand's passion for motorsport. With a reputation as a genuine sports watch brand, Certina has created a powerful look with a brushed and polished stainless steel bracelet a 41mm stainless steel case with a black tachymeter bezel.  Amazon price: $626.89

TISSOT PRC 200



Tissot introduced this range to compete with the likes of the Seiko Sportura and Timex chronographs. Showcasing an aviator style compax layout with oversized 6, 9, and 12 numerals on the dial, PRC200 watches are designed for maximum readability.

They also feature chronograph technology that you simply aren’t going to find in other watches at this price point with advanced and accurate tachymeter systems that rival the kinds of systems you’ll find on watches much more expensive than this. This 44mm watch runs on an ETA automatic chronograph movement with a 45-hour power reserve.   Amazon price: $714.00

AUDI R8 CHRONOGRAPH


This sporty looking 42mm chronograph is made for German car brand Audi and runs on a Swiss ETA G10.211 quartz chronograph movement. The carbon dial features an R8 logo, luminous numerals and hands, a date display and tachymeter scale to measure speed - all enclosed by a rubber-coated bezel. The watch features a chronograph stopwatch and comes on a quattro tire tread rubber strap, designed to prevent sweat build-up. Price: £699.00 (approx. $921.00)

GV2 SCUDERIA CHRONOGRAPH  



This watch is made by the Gevril Group. When one of the Group’s brands, GV2, decided to develop their own version of a racing chrono watch, they adopted the Scuderia name in honor of Italy’s proud racing heritage. The boldly styled GV2 Scuderia has everything an oversized 50 mm IP black case with a racing style dial that is easy to read at a glance while behind the wheel. Inevitably there will be criticism that the price is too high to house a quartz movement, but it may well be possible to find this model for less online. Amazon price: $982.00

 

JUNGHANS 1972 CHRONOSCOPE SOLAR



A wonderful 70’s retro design from German brand Junghans. Junghans was the official timekeepers for the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972 and they set new standards in sports time measurement. With the 1972 series, Junghans evokes memories of the era.

The watch features a solar powered movement with a 1/5 second chronograph, as well as alarm and date, housed in a solid stainless steel case with unidirectional rotating bezel, water resistant to 100 meters. The 43mm dial is a stylish mix of cool anthracite and subdials in vibrant, punchy orange, with orange tachymeter chapter ring, and protected by a sapphire crystal for maximum scratch resistance.  Amazon price: $990.00

 

MAURICE LACROIX PONTOS CHRONOGRAPH



Finally, just squeezing in under the $1,000 mark, from Swiss brand Maurice Lacroix, this Pontos Chronograph is a 43mm watch with all the qualities you would expect of a Swiss watch.  The watch features a black dial with luminous rose gold-tone hands and index hour markers, there are minute markers around the outer rim with luminescent hands and markers. With date display at 6 o'clock, the three sub-dials display 60 seconds, 60 minutes and 12 hours. The watch runs on a Maurice Lacroix calibre ML 112 automatic movement, which is, in fact, a trusty ETA/Valjoux 7750 with a 46-hour power reserve. Amazon price: $999.99

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