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Trending in the Watch Industry: COSC certified chronometers

Trending in the Watch Industry: COSC certified chronometers

Established in 1973, the Swiss official testing institute, COSC (Contrôle Suisse de Chronomètres), is renowned for issuing chronometer certificates, primarily for mechanical timepieces, setting stringent benchmarks for precision and accuracy in watchmaking.

COSC's domain extends beyond mechanical watches, encompassing some highly precise quartz timepieces in its certification process. Over a 15-day evaluation period, COSC rigorously examines watches across seven critical criteria, including average daily rate, variation in rates, and thermal variations, among others. Only those watches that excel in meeting these criteria are bestowed the distinguished title of 'Chronometers,' complemented by an official chronometer certificate, often bearing the label 'Officially Certified Chronometer' on select watch models.


Securing a COSC certification is a prestigious mark of precision, with only about 3% of Swiss watches attaining this distinction. Notably, brands like Breitling have maintained a longstanding collaboration with COSC since 1999, whereas Rolex holds the record for submitting the highest number of watches for COSC certification. However, COSC isn't the sole authority in watch certification, as other nations operate their own test institutes. For instance, Japan hosts the Japan Chronometer Inspection Institute (JCII), facilitating certification for brands like Citizen. Similarly, Germany established the LMET (Landesamtes für Mess- und Eichwesen Thüringen) in 2006, serving brands like Glashütte Original. Despite regional variations, all these institutes align under the International Chronometer Certification Committee (CICC), ensuring unified standards for chronometer certification worldwide.