Chronograph watches go beyond the simple time-telling purpose of a normal watch to offer a range of impressive functions. At their most basic, they serve as a watch and a stop watch, but many chronograph watches feature a telemeter for measuring distance, a pulsometer for measuring heart rate and sometimes even a tachymeter for measuring speed. And that's not even to mention their visually pleasing design features: the considered arrangement of multiple counters on the dial creates a sense of aesthetic harmony and intrigue.

You may think that all of this warrants a particularly high price tag, but this isn't necessarily the case. Whatever your budget, there's a chronograph or you. Scroll on for our pick of some of the best chronograph watches for men under £300, £500 and £1000 pounds.

The best men's chronograph watches under £200

AVI-8 Hawker Hurricane Classic Chronograph

AVI-8's Hawker Hurricane Classic Chronograph is a timeless aviation-inspired chronograph that pays tribute to one of the most iconic WW2 aircrafts. It combines clean, simple lines with straightforward hour indexing, bold hands, and detailed vintage-inspired subdials to create an elegant timepiece that celebrates the spirit of an era gone by.

Timex Waterbury Classic Chronograph

If you're looking for a chronograph disguised as a handsome dress watch, look no further than this sleek and sophisticated timepiece from Timex. Its matte black case and black leather strap lend it a sense of understated elegance. Team it with anything from classic evening attire to your weekend get-up of overshirt and jeans.

The best men’s chronograph watches under £500

AVI-8 Bronze Hawker Harrier Matador Chronograph

Paying tribute to the Hawker Harrier “Jump Jet”, AVI-8's Matador Chronograph boasts a range of aviation-inspired design details. There's the 45mm case with a carved case back that echoes the turbine blades of the Harrier's Rolls Royce Pegasus engine; a jigsaw of layered gears and wheels that resemble a piece of aviation timing instrumentation; and even the whirring of hands and wheels creates a dynamic experience like that of a Harrier in full flight.

Larsson and Jennings Rally Chronograph Watch

With a focus on precision and legibility, the Larsson and Jennings Rally sports Chronograph boasts clean lines, luminous markers and hands and an ultra-precise quartz movement. A durable vegan leather strap and a scratch-resistant sapphire-coated mineral glass dome reinforce its premium quality.

The best men's chronograph watches under £1000

BALTIC Watches Bicompax 002

BALTIC Watches' elegant Bicompax 002 draws inspiration from the chronograph watches of the 1940s, while maintaining a distinctively modern feel. The watch boasts linear brushing on the side, circular brushing on the lugs, and mirror polishing on the last step on the case, ensuring that the watch catches the light beautifully at all times. An art deco-inspired dial design tops it all off.

Junghans 1972 Chronoscope Solar

Junghans' 1972 Series harks back to an era of new measurement technology and revives the style of the 1970s. The Chronoscope Solar is the perfect example of time-honoured style fused with contemporary machinery. Its transparent anthracite-grey face is easy to read and kept precise by a solar-quartz movement.

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