1969 was a big year for many reasons. Man landed on the moon, the internet was born and the Beatles released their final album. It was also a hugely significant year for horology, with two revolutionary developments. The release of the first quartz watch, by Seiko, was the first. The second was the introduction of the first automatic chronograph movements, among which was*the Heuer Calibre 11.Today the automatic chronograph is ubiquitous, one of the most popular complications – forever associated with the high speed worlds of motorsports and aviation. But in the first half of the 20th Century, the self-winding chronograph was one of watchmaking’s greatest challenges. By the ’60s automatic watches were dominant, and outside of dedicated automotive, military or scientific applications, manually wound chronographs were increasingly losing ground against the more advanced automatics. The obvious next step was the race to develop an automatic chronograph.…

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