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05:21 Nov 7, 2001
German to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering
German term or phrase:Chronos ohne Funktion
This appears in an advertisement on an online auction of wristwatches:
"Perfekt gearbeitetes Replikat. _Chronos ohne Funktion_, Automatiklaufwerk. Zustand: neuwertig."
Does "Chronos ohne Funktion" mean that the wristwatch does not operate?
"A movement that can be started and stopped to measure short time intervals and return to zero. A stopwatch does not keep the time of day."
"Chronograph: a watch with two independent time systems: one indicates the time of day, and the other measures brief intervals of time. Counters registering seconds, minutes and even hours can be started and stopped as desired, thus enabling the exact timing of an event."
In other words, the Chronograph only exists for decorative purposes, but doesn't really have a function.