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The pleasures of a hand-wound watch

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A couple of months ago, I picked up a late 40s/early 50s manual Zenith just because I found it beautiful. It's gold, 19J, about 35mm, subdial for the second hand, and a lightly aged, attractive cream dial with gold markers and hands.

Recently, I had a nice dark brown lizard band put on it.

I intended this as a dress watch, but have ended up wearing it daily. For years, I've been partial to automatics and Accutrons, but this watch has won me over.

I thought winding would be a nuisance, but I enjoy winding it when I have a little downtime. It's a great timekeeper and light on the wrist, too.

Does anyone else wind their own watches? There have been many I've passed over for not being an auto, but I'm rethinking that.

If anyone else loves their manual watches, speak up!
post #2 of 16
I've got a manual wind pocket watch that enters rotation every so often. None of my wrist watches are manual wind (they are all automatics), but I love the pocket watch for it, and have never found it to be too much of a hassle to remember to wind it every morning and evening when it is in rotation longer than a day or two. If I ever find a manual winding wristwatch that appeals to me, I may have to snap it up (my wallet will probably start screaming at me then!)
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Have an 8-day F-104 clock. The F-104 itself was shot down during 'Nam by my grandfather. Piece of history. Also I have a piece of its wing. Not sure left or right. Winding is fun, though, just always forget to wind it ans now it just sits there.

EDIT: Sorry, F-4. My memory is about as stable as an Iomega.
post #4 of 16
I adore my hand-wound Speedmaster. This is what I wrote in a post on Watch-U-Seek a while ago about it.

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This is my new favorite thread.

Does anyone just like hand-wind movements better for no good reason? Logically I know it's even further steps away from practicality... practicality being "cell phone clock -> quartz -> automatic -> hand-wind." But I just can't get enough of the concept of winding. Maybe it's somehow related to the wind up toys that my Grandfather had when I was a kid; the excitement of whatever that toy was going to do buffeted by the satisfying resistance of the main-spring inside.

It's almost as if after winding my Speedmaster I look around the room and go "Ok, now the fun's going to start." Really helps get the day going, even if no tiny dinosaur is going to walk through shooting sparks out of its mouth.
post #5 of 16
Yup, love winding my speedmaster in the mornings.
post #6 of 16
I wont be able to afford a handwound watch that I want yet. Not yet.
post #7 of 16
I have a Speedmaster Pro. Honestly, it really isn't any kind of a problem. I really do not understand why someone would view winding a watch to be an obstacle to owning one. It takes like 30 seconds and you do it when you put the watch on in the mornings.
post #8 of 16
I have the Stowa MO, have to wind it every morning which I do enjoy. But sometimes I wished I had a 7-8 days power reserve to wind only on week-ends
post #9 of 16
Just remembered we bought my parents an authentic German cuckoo clock for their 25th Anniversary a few months back and it has an 8 day reserve with manual winding movements. I love how rewinding the three pendulum driven movements every Sunday has become a family routine!
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Love to see a picture, Uncle Erik.
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Love to see a picture, Uncle Erik.
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I love to see pictures of old watches
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I have the Stowa MO, have to wind it every morning which I do enjoy. But sometimes I wished I had a 7-8 days power reserve to wind only on week-ends
Couldn't agree more. I have a 40hr. hand wind and it's ok. I don't really mind, but an 8-day movement would be great! Oddly enough, I have an automatic with a 5-day power reserve. Not THAT's probably overkill!
post #13 of 16
Not really if you have a few watches to rotate... Saves you from buying a winder.
post #14 of 16
My only hand-wound mechanical watch is my Speedmaster. I think it would get a bit tedious if I had more. I wish automatic watches had more robust hand-winding mechanisms, because I have a few, and I'm going to have to get a double winder whenever I figure out which cheap one is best.
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I really relish winding up my Stowa Airman limited with a vintage NOS Durowe handwinding mechanism. It provides around 40 hours of power and it is quite accurate than most automatics I have seen. To think that perhaps the mechanism was made at the height of the Cold War, in a divided Germany, circa early 1970s....

Front Stowa Airman Limited DUROWE on Flickr - Photo Sharing!

back Stowa Airman Limited DUROWE mechanism on Flickr - Photo Sharing!
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