Watches come in a wide variety of complexity levels, finishing, and rarity. Depending on what the individual collector’s goals are, collections may vary wildly from each other. But when discerning horological connoisseurs compare notes, there are always similarities. There might be brands that nearly always hold high positions in the best collections as well as specific complications “required” for a well-rounded horological anthology.
But one of the “musts” that you are likely to find among higher-end watch collections may seem like a feature that is more suited for the everyday watch collector on the opposite side of the financial spectrum: a manually wound movement. For many connoisseurs of haute horlogerie, the best watchmaking tends to feature classic, manual winding movements over the more complicated automatic winding movements.
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Below, we covered four manual winding watch recommendations for you.
The Panerai watches are a natural blend of Swiss technology, Italian design, and passion for the sea. Modern styling with minimal lines, Radiomir is one of the most famous diving watches of all time.
It is a stylish blend of technology and elegance, this collection is one of today’s most wanted vintage rarities. The dial of PAM01334 is Degradé Black with luminous Arabic numerals and hour markers. The strap is calf Ponte Vecchio deep brown with beige stitching and a 27.0/22.0 standard size width. This watch is powered by P.6000 calibre, a manual winding movement that has 3 hours of power reserve.
Hublot does not only design good watches it also designs aesthetically pleasing movements. The Big Bang Meca-10 is equipped with manually winded HUB1201. With a power reserve of approximately 10 days, the Meca-10 is a robust series of timepieces.
The power reserve is indicated at the 6 o’clock marker presented via a red grid. Another power reserve is a rack-style indicator on the 12 o’clock marker. With a skeleton dial, the series features the original Big Bang dial with 6 screws on the bezel.
On the front and reverse alike, the Reverso Tribute Duoface watch embodies timelessness with its understated stainless steel case. The dial is decorated with applied faceted indexes and dauphine minutes and hours hands. The legibility is excellent even in reduced ambient light. The small seconds sub-dial is fitted with a baton hand and decorated with transfer-printed indexes.
Echoing the codes of a model dating from the 1930s, it houses a manual winding movement that brings to life its two dials, displaying two time zones and a practical day/night indicator. Its leather strap was specially designed by Casa Fagliano.
This manual wind watch features a 39.8mm black ADLC coated stainless steel case surrounding a skeleton dial. The skeleton dial features polished grey steel sword-shaped hands, skeletonised bridges that form Roman Numerals for hours and minutes, and all those parts are coated with luminescent material. The iconic 7-side crown set with a blue synthetic spinel is also available.
This watch is powered by Calibre 9612 MC, an individually numbered movement consisting of 138 parts including 20 jewels that beat at 28,800 vibrations/hour and has a power reserve of 72 hours. To wrap it right on your wrist, there’s a grey alligator strap with a black ADLC coated stainless steel deployant buckle.