There are not many watches which can truthfully claim to be recognisable at a distance of one hundred paces, but there’s no doubting that Graham’s mighty Chronofighter is one of that small number. Its outstanding signature design feature of the large, left-mounted start/stop trigger system, which activates the chronograph function, is as unique to Graham as a fingerprint.
While the inspiration behind its rugged design was to create a cool, yet hard wearing and practical instrument, primarily for use by people who would work in demanding and even critical conditions, the Chronofighter’s bold and uncompromising presence has grown to become something of a cult piece among collectors and enthusiasts, with an unashamed masculine personality.
Measuring a hefty 47m the Chronofighter Target’s crown and chronograph assembly comprise a carbon fibre trigger, with a tactile and slip-resistant rubber topped reset button, positioned on the left for ease of use by the right thumb and forefinger. With the start/stop pusher integrated into the crown, the entire assembly is protected against impact and accidental activation. It also defines Graham’s entire Chronofighter collection.
Where the bezel on a chronograph is very often used to display a tachymetre scale, on the Chronofighter Target Graham have opted to pass on this common feature, and its black ceramic inlay results in a particularly uncluttered and smooth finish, which accentuates the fact that throughout the watch, and despite its size, there is a cleanliness in its lines.
Beneath the domed sapphire crystal, large, generously sized luminous filled hands and pronounced numerals ensure clear legibility in all light conditions. Through the smoky sapphire dial, the day and date rings can be seen as they rotate to align in a pair of windows next to the 9. The small constant seconds occupy the snailed subdial with the target cross hair markings, which give this model its name. Nearby the red hand of the 30-minute chronograph counter indicates the lapsed time once the function has been activated.
Inside beats the G1747 automatic self winding movement, and through the sapphire caseback the finishing can be appreciated, with perlage and côtes de Genève decoration on the plates and on the rotating oscillating weight. Fully wound it will run for 48 hours, although of course, any movement on the wrist keeps the power reserve topped up.
The black calfskin leather strap is quilted in a style which conjures up images of vintage Italian sports car upholstery, to superb effect. Soft to the touch, it is comfortable, and it secures via a steel pin buckle.