Omega held onto its position as the second biggest chronometer producer. Its number of certificates, 526,046, was up
3.3 percent over the year before. Omega maintained its sizeable lead over Breitling, the consistent third-place brand.
Breitling for its part was steady, receiving only slightly more certificates, 156,773, than in the year before. However, that figure is more than double the output of the brand directly behind it.
Mido ranked fourth for a second year in a row. It received 24 percent more certificates than it had in 2011, reaching 61,358.
The biggest jump on the 2012 list is Tissot, which made a dramatic step up to five-digit chronometer production. In 2012 Tissot received 49,625 certificates — a leap of 717 percent over 2011. Tissot has risen quickly through the ranks: now at number five on the list, it was in 27th place in 2010. Tissot’s surge puts it ahead of Panerai (#6) and Chopard (#7). Both Panerai and Chopard received fewer certificates in 2012, decreasing by 17 percent and 21 percent, respectively.
TAG Heuer, historically a strong producer of chronometers, returned to the list in 2012 after de-emphasizing chronometers over the past few years. Although TAG had received more than 70,000 certificates in 2009, the number fell to 559 in 2011. In 2012 TAG earned 2,605 certificates.