Graham Chronofighter Vintage Pulsometer: A Watch to Set the Heart Racing

Forget your smartwatch, the new Graham Chronofighter Vintage Pulsometer Ltd combines the very best of analogue design with an integrated pulsometer function to keep track of your heart rate.

While that will appeal to the health-conscious Calibre reader, able to keep an eye on heart rates after exercise, the latest member of the Chronofighter Vintage range takes an inspirational beat from 1950s Los Angeles. As well as having the capacity to monitor rhythms of the heart, it’s also easy to use it to measure beats per minute from soul music to hard house.

The Graham Chronofighter Vintage Pulsometer features an analogue pulsometer.

The chrono hand is stopped at the 30th beat, with the graduated dial providing an immediate reading for frequency per minute. As a doctor’s watch, it’s easy to use and consistently accurate, while musicians, gym-goers and others will be able to find innovative uses for the measure.

Graham’s steel fast-action signature trigger remains on the side of the 44mm case, topped with domed sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating above a see-through sapphire crystal case back.

The blue sun-brushed dial layout is simple and elegant, with an uncluttered face housing a day-date indicator at 9 ‘clock and a small second dial at 3 o’clock. The pulsometer on this Graham watch runs anti-clockwise, starting at 40bpm at 9 o’clock, and running around the outside edge of the face through to 2 o’clock, where it hits 200bpm. Golden hands and indexes coated with white Super-LumiNova allow for night-time visibility. A hand-sewn blue calf-leather strap adds a softer edge to the watch.

The movement is the usual G1718 automatic chronograph found in other Graham watches, operating at 28,800 vibrations an hour, powered by a two-day energy reserve.

Limited to just 250 pieces, each has its production number shown on the face at the 9 o’clock position.

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