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Very interesting thread.
 

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It would be great to see a pic. of your watch.

I bought one of the original Chronosport diver models in April of 1978. The earliest model did not have the diver emblem on the back (at least that is what I was told). I have used it since diving and in the most extreme conditions. Today it still works and keeps accurate time. Recently I had it restored with new lume and a crystal and pressure tested. It passed. I have a Flieger band on it and use it more as a keepsake. A watch with great Mythos.
 

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I've been trying to find out a bit about the company, but with a name like "Chronosport", it's hard to track down any real information about them. Who makes them? Or who made them? Quality? Reputable? I'm considering one that I've seen around, but I don't know what I'm getting into and I don't like that.

Thanks in advance guys.
Hi there.

My my name is Finn Barnard-Weston.

I came a me across this post while searching Chronosport.

My my grandfather Patrick T Barnard started the company in the 1960's

Chronosport specialised in chronographs and stopwatches and at the time was the only company to do so.

In the 1970's supplied the timing equipment to most formula 1 Grand Prix teams, the red arrows, the USN blue angels battle team and many other notable users of highly specialised watches and timers.

He sold the company to a North-American organisation in the 1970's.

If anyone would like any information on the company I have a full history of it written by himself and can send you this or find out anything you might like to know.

All the best,
Finn.
 

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Just had to respond to this thread to share my Chronosport Champagne Sea Quartz 30, but first, a brief description.

Chronosport Sea Quartz 30 diver, rated at 30ATM or 300M, measures a robust 43MM without the crown (47MM with) was manufactured in 1980. The Swiss ETA 7-jewel quartz movement was guaranteed to be accurate within one-minute per year! The watch features a quickset day-date function, screwdown crown and a 60 click uni-directional bezel, black/gold handset, raised script with Chronosport sailboat logo, tritium lume, scratch-resistant mineral crystal and a wonderful JB Champion 5-row jubilee bracelet, with Chronosport signed clasp dated 11-79 and numbered (135) end links. The watch case, which is the same as the iconic diver worn by Tom Selleck in the Magnum P.I. series, features 20 micron gold-plate (bracelet is 10 micron), based upon information gleaned from vintage sales ads (see photo). Very interesting stainless steel case back depicts the Sicura twin seahorse, crown and fish logo, as Sicura acquired Chronosport's parent company, Breitling, in 1979 upon the death of owner/founder Willy Breitling.

Now, a few photos for your viewing pleasure!
 

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I believe Ebel is perceived to be nowadays a fashion brand. Ebel like many others failed to create a name recognition like Rolex and while they do sell quart watches and "low" level entry watches, they do produce some great inhouse movements. I am a huge fan and believe they are still to be taken seriously. While the resale values are "bad" (if bought from AD ) is not any different than other relatively "unknow" brands. The quality of their finish, movemets, fit, attention to detail, and yes even the boxes and presentation are up there with the big boys. I see this as a blessing in disguised. You can buy a used rolex for 8k or a used ebel for 3k and get more watch for your money. With that said Rolex will retain its value whether it was bought from an AD or used, again to the successful martketin they have created, while if someone bougth an Ebel from AD you can expect a up to a 50% loss. However, if you buy an Ebel secound hand you can use it a couple of years and if bought at the right price you will get your money back.
 

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Hi there.

My my name is Finn Barnard-Weston.

I came a me across this post while searching Chronosport.

My my grandfather Patrick T Barnard started the company in the 1960's

Chronosport specialised in chronographs and stopwatches and at the time was the only company to do so.

In the 1970's supplied the timing equipment to most formula 1 Grand Prix teams, the red arrows, the USN blue angels battle team and many other notable users of highly specialised watches and timers.

He sold the company to a North-American organisation in the 1970's.

If anyone would like any information on the company I have a full history of it written by himself and can send you this or find out anything you might like to know.

All the best,
Finn.
Hi Finn,

My dad has a really old watch that was brought from your grandfathers company, i would like to get the watch back working if possible as it would mean so much to him. Please see the attached images.I don't know if you can help with where might be able to look at the watch but any help would be greatly appreciated. Please ignore the strap on the watch.
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Imho your watch isn‘t a Chronosport. I’d say it is a 1970 Ollech & Wajs Precision Chronographe with (possibly) a Valjoux 72 movement. Ollech & Wajs was a small company founded in the mid-50s in Zurich by Albert Wajs and Joseph Ollech.
 

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Hi Finn,

My dad has a really old watch that was brought from your grandfathers company, i would like to get the watch back working if possible as it would mean so much to him. Please see the attached images.I don't know if you can help with where might be able to look at the watch but any help would be greatly appreciated. Please ignore the strap on the watch.
Hi and welcome to Watchuseek. WUS member Finn.Barnard.Weston made one post five years ago back in 2013. Unlikely that he will read your question. You may want to contact a reputable local watch repair shop about servicing your dad's heirloom watch. If you have any questions about restoration and any other issues please feel free to ask.
 

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Hi

I had a similar question to you, and having spent a couple of days googling away I thought I would at least write up what I have found, and my Chronosport "story". It looks like the Chronosport brand had been through several different companies, so of them possibly simultaneously. The earliest reference I have found (by checking the registered trade marks) was a Chronosport trade mark (the image I could not find officially logged) registered to a British company P.T. Barnard & Associates Ltd at 21 Old Bond Street, Bath, England. The trade mark was first registered circa 1966 and seems to have run with this company until circa 1980 when the trade mark was bought or transferred to the US company Chronosport Inc. This US company I think is one of the most famous incarnations with one of their watches being used by Tom Selleck in Magnum PI. Their trade marks are also registered through into the 1990's. There is also trade marks registrations for Ernst Benz. Wikipaedia makes reference to the Chronosport as a brand of Brietling, and there are also references to Chronosport as a brand of the Sinn watch company.

I found an advert in a 1970 edition of the Sailplane and Gliding magazine for the UK Chronosport which finally nailed the logo of this incarnation, it is an Aeroplane as seen from above. The price listed is £30 which is about £400 or $600 today. As far as I can tell, in all incarnations the movement is swiss made; again the ad I found stated that Chronopsort UK were importing the watches from Switzerland. Again the ad also stated that Chronosport had been chosen as the watch and timepiece suppliers to the British Gliding Team.

So it looks like the sequence is something like this:

Chronosport UK Aeroplane Logo 1966-1980ish
Chronosport Inc Spinnacker Logo 1980ish-1999ish
Ernst & Benz Circle with Cross Logo 2000-
Brietling ? ?
Sinn Chronosport text Logo ??-??

My story: My grandfather gave me his broken Chronosport watch in about 1980 when I was 10 years old to play with, to take apart and figure out how it worked, to tinker with. My father felt this not right for a good watch, and suggested we get it professionally repaired. We took it to a repairer in Chester, UK, who pronounced it a fake and refused to touch it. That watch sat in my bedside drawer for the next 30 years, and only in the last month have I taken it back to a different professional repairer in Chester. Repairs are underway, at a cost of £460 (I am not bothered about the price, it has sentimental value to me) and are expected to take 6-8 weeks. The guys in the repairers have pronounced the watch genuine, with a genuine 17 jewel swiss movement. The version I have has the plane logo, so is the UK incarnation of the brand. I suspect that when this was pronounced a fake in circa 1980, by then Magnum PI and the Chronosport watch worn in the show was well known, and as mine differed it was deemed a fake.

I hope this helps. The aeroplane logo versions of this watch seem to be especially rare, with only 2 found online at the time of writing.

Link to the Sailplane and Glider Magazine is below, ad is on page 308
http://www.lakesgc.co.uk/mainwebpages/Sailplane & Gliding 1961 to 1970/Volume 21 No 4 Aug-Sept 1970.pdf

Jonathan Gill
Jonathan, great story. Thank you for all the research. I bought a Chronosport when I was in high school in 1977 in the US and it has the spinnaker emblem on it. I had forgotten about the watch until my parents moved and now that I have it back I'm trying to find out more information about it. Can you suggest any place I might be able to use to identify my watch. I have done a fair bit of research on the Internet and can't find anything that looks just like mine. It's a Chronosport quartz 20 atm watch in the bottom of the dial it says Swiss maide. I know my dad used it for years on his WinSurfer when I was in college. So it could probably use a good cleaning and service. But I have put new batteries in it and it runs fine and keeps relatively good time.
 

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Hi

I had a similar question to you, and having spent a couple of days googling away I thought I would at least write up what I have found, and my Chronosport "story". It looks like the Chronosport brand had been through several different companies, so of them possibly simultaneously. The earliest reference I have found (by checking the registered trade marks) was a Chronosport trade mark (the image I could not find officially logged) registered to a British company P.T. Barnard & Associates Ltd at 21 Old Bond Street, Bath, England. The trade mark was first registered circa 1966 and seems to have run with this company until circa 1980 when the trade mark was bought or transferred to the US company Chronosport Inc. This US company I think is one of the most famous incarnations with one of their watches being used by Tom Selleck in Magnum PI. Their trade marks are also registered through into the 1990's. There is also trade marks registrations for Ernst Benz. Wikipaedia makes reference to the Chronosport as a brand of Brietling, and there are also references to Chronosport as a brand of the Sinn watch company.

I found an advert in a 1970 edition of the Sailplane and Gliding magazine for the UK Chronosport which finally nailed the logo of this incarnation, it is an Aeroplane as seen from above. The price listed is £30 which is about £400 or $600 today. As far as I can tell, in all incarnations the movement is swiss made; again the ad I found stated that Chronopsort UK were importing the watches from Switzerland. Again the ad also stated that Chronosport had been chosen as the watch and timepiece suppliers to the British Gliding Team.

So it looks like the sequence is something like this:

Chronosport UK Aeroplane Logo 1966-1980ish
Chronosport Inc Spinnacker Logo 1980ish-1999ish
Ernst & Benz Circle with Cross Logo 2000-
Brietling ? ?
Sinn Chronosport text Logo ??-??

My story: My grandfather gave me his broken Chronosport watch in about 1980 when I was 10 years old to play with, to take apart and figure out how it worked, to tinker with. My father felt this not right for a good watch, and suggested we get it professionally repaired. We took it to a repairer in Chester, UK, who pronounced it a fake and refused to touch it. That watch sat in my bedside drawer for the next 30 years, and only in the last month have I taken it back to a different professional repairer in Chester. Repairs are underway, at a cost of £460 (I am not bothered about the price, it has sentimental value to me) and are expected to take 6-8 weeks. The guys in the repairers have pronounced the watch genuine, with a genuine 17 jewel swiss movement. The version I have has the plane logo, so is the UK incarnation of the brand. I suspect that when this was pronounced a fake in circa 1980, by then Magnum PI and the Chronosport watch worn in the show was well known, and as mine differed it was deemed a fake.

I hope this helps. The aeroplane logo versions of this watch seem to be especially rare, with only 2 found online at the time of writing.

Link to the Sailplane and Glider Magazine is below, ad is on page 308
http://www.lakesgc.co.uk/mainwebpages/Sailplane & Gliding 1961 to 1970/Volume 21 No 4 Aug-Sept 1970.pdf

Jonathan Gill
Jonathan, great story. Thank you for all the research. I bought a Chronosport when I was in high school in 1977 in the US and it has the spinnaker emblem on it. I had forgotten about the watch until my parents moved and now that I have it back I'm trying to find out more information about it. Can you suggest any place I might be able to use to identify my watch. I have done a fair bit of research on the Internet and can't find anything that looks just like mine. It's a Chronosport quartz 20 atm watch in the bottom of the dial it says Swiss maide. I know my dad used it for years on his WinSurfer when I was in college. So it could probably use a good cleaning and service. But I have put new batteries in it and it runs fine and keeps relatively good time.
 

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Hi Finn,

My dad has a really old watch that was brought from your grandfathers company, i would like to get the watch back working if possible as it would mean so much to him. Please see the attached images.I don't know if you can help with where might be able to look at the watch but any help would be greatly appreciated. Please ignore the strap on the watch.
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tell your Dad I'll offer him £250, he can get a brand new working watch.
 
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