With all the certified chronometers around these days, it’s easy to forget that the term originally was applied to the accurate clocks necessary for navigating the world’s oceans in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Those timepieces were heavy hand-wound clocks mounted on gimbals inside of rubberwood boxes, a far cry from the wristwatches that keep to within the “minus 4, plus 6” timekeeping criteria maintained today by the Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres (COSC).