In-Depth: How Heuer, Breitling, And Hamilton Brought The Automatic Chronograph To The World 50 Years Ago
A look back at watches that changed everything, on the occasion of their shared 50th birthday.
Originally published by Jeff Stein on HODINKEE, March 6th, 2019
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