The aquastar Column wheel

A column wheel is the wheel/gear which coordinates the start, stop and return to zero functions of the Chronograph hands.
In a standard quality chronograph, the column wheel is replaced by a system of cams. So, in order to operate the chronograph, cams are needed to be layered in two pieces. One layer receives the input from the pusher, while the other transmits the motion to the clutch, where the connection between the chronograph mechanism and the movement is achieved. The cam also blocks the reset mechanism while the chronograph is in operation in order to prevent movements jamming.

A column wheel has the exact same function, but is built in a way to provide more accurate, more precise operation, which can be noticed through the motion of the crisp and precise pusher action. Where the cam is made of two layers of metal, the column wheel is a single piece, and usually needs high precision machining to manufacture.

Beyond the precise feel, a column wheel provides more benefit. It is commonly known that cam-actuated chronographs experience slack when started, this is usually noticed when the chronograph seconds hand skips forward, but this is thought to be more of an issue with the use of horizontal versus vertical clutches (where the chronograph’s mechanism meshes horizontally rather than vertically with the gear train), with the more common cam-actuated chronograph typically featuring a horizontal clutch and the column wheel variety a vertical.

The 2020 Aquastar Deepstar is powered by the LJP mono-compax Chronograph movement, the movement relies on the above described column wheel to operate its chronograph pushers. The movement is adjusted in 5 positions and is accompanied by a certificate. 

The aquastar

Column wheel mono-compax chronograph

  • High end Swiss Made Manufacture caliber, mono-Compax Column Wheel mechanical Chronograph, 

Top execution, adjusted in 5 positions with certificate.

Second chronograph at center
30min counter 3h
Running indicator 9h
Physical Dimensions Ø30.40 x 7.90 mm
Cage diameter Ø30.00 mm
Frequency 4 Hz
Power reserve 55 h
Reassembly Bi-directional automatic
Number of rubies 28
Rotor / Bridges Aquastar signed/decorated with Geneva stripes and blued screws


Hour, minute and seconds indicators

Operation indicator at 9

30 minute stop watch sub counter at 3

Successive/Multiple dive non decompression table calculator according to the French Navy dive tables