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    Favourite Hands

    Hand styles often divide opinion, Ive seen fellas slating hands watch hands and thought to myself what? How can you not like them?!. Mercedes, cathedral, sword, stick, snowflake, fencepost, arrow, dauphin, we all like different things.

    So, rather than take the negative angle and discuss those we hate, what are your favourites? If you were designing your dream watch, what hands would it have?

    For me, number 1 would be sword hands. I think they are sporty, cool looking and highly legible - I think they look great on the MilSub and so good on the Seamaster 5524 compared to the regular skeleton ones. If I were designing myself a sports watch, it would have sword hands.




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    Favourite Hands

    Sword for me too. However the hour hand has to have the profile of the 5517 or early auto CWC divers not the later profile of the quartz CWC
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    Meh!

    I love a snowflake hand set as well

    Sexy.
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    Sinnlover - have you changed your post mate? Im sure I read something before about loving a thick pencil?!😆

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    Quote Originally Posted by davidj54 View Post
    Sinnlover - have you changed your post mate? I’m sure I read something before about loving a thick pencil?!
    I did and do.... who doesn’t love a thick pencil set.
    Then changed my mind...
    I love a snowflake more...




    Is there such a thing as a gammon set of hands?

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    Syringe hands are my favourite. I feel they give a more precise look. My second favourite would be strongly lumed sword hands.




    The hands on my 2254.50 are incredibly legible in all conditions.

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    I love Sword hands too, aswell as plongeur and arrow hands which would probably rounds off my top 3 handsets.

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    It depends on the watch. Sword hands on an Omega Seamaster - perfect. Some pilot watches too. But on other watches they can look terrible. Most Sinn watches, apart from the 556, look best with baton or syringe hands. Rolexes - Mercedes, obviously. Citizen divers seem to suit the ace of spades type.
    So I don't have one favourite type, but I do demand the right type for the watch, and sometimes a change of hands can put me right off. An example would be the IWC mark XV, which I have seen with sword and baton hands - the sword hands I really don't like, even though it is a pilot watch.
    Also, I prefer pre-snowflake Tudors

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    Blued Dauphine with lume infill.

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    Like these Oris hands

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaffe View Post
    Syringe hands are my favourite. I feel they give a more precise look. My second favourite would be strongly lumed sword hands.




    The hands on my 2254.50 are incredibly legible in all conditions.

    That 2254 is so nice.

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    and of course these condom hands

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    Lego anyone...?

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    Nice glossary of the terminology here, if anyone wants it:

    https://monochrome-watches.com/hands...d-watch-hands/

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    On a dress or dressy-sport watch, dauphine hands with a thin strip of lume, like the SARB035.

    On a dive watch, sword hands, like the 2254.50.00.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-P View Post
    Nice glossary of the terminology here, if anyone wants it:

    https://monochrome-watches.com/hands...d-watch-hands/
    interesting read - thanks.

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    Favourite hands? Like every area of watch appreciation there's something for every taste. Me? I like all sorts, the type of watch dictates what it's hands will probably look like . . .














    etc etc etc . . .

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    Now that I think about it, hands may play a much larger part in attracting me to the next purchase than I might have realised. I've always loved the skeleton hands on the Seamaster divers and this was certainly a contributing factor to me getting one of the new ones recently. I chose the white dial which I think looks killer against the black hands and indicies.

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    Dauphine obviously!






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    I've no idea what they are called - but I do like the hands on my Chronoswiss...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-P View Post
    Nice glossary of the terminology here, if anyone wants it:

    https://monochrome-watches.com/hands...d-watch-hands/
    Very interesting - thanks.

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    Paddle

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    Hands are so 2019. Who needs hands when you can have entire arms?


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    The Venn diagram of my favourite handset and favourite potato recipe is a circle:

    Dauphine for me! 😁

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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    I've no idea what they are called - but I do like the hands on my Chronoswiss...



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    Chopstick hands? :)
    As said, the hands have to fit the watch. That's very nice. Lovely blue.

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    I love the hands on some of the modern Seiko divers where (as the minute passes over the hour hand) you get a rocket effect.



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    Grosjean

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-P View Post
    Nice glossary of the terminology here, if anyone wants it:

    https://monochrome-watches.com/hands...d-watch-hands/
    Interesting, but I have another one not on that list...



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Curta View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by zelig View Post
    Interesting, but I have another one not on that list...
    Both lovely. I guess the Zenith as well as the Chronoswiss could still be placed in the "baton hands" category.

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    Wont win any prizes for elegance but the hands on an SKX/Turtle please me immensely, proper tool watch hands, no confusing between the minute and hour.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom-P View Post
    Nice glossary of the terminology here, if anyone wants it:

    https://monochrome-watches.com/hands...d-watch-hands/


    Thanks.

    My favourite are dauphine hands, like the GS Snowflake.

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    A few of my favourites









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    I'm generally in the "hands need to match the watch" camp. However a closer look at the collection indicates that I do favour one style over others.



    I do like a good set of Dauphine hands and the Japanese do them well.

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    I think different hands suit different styles of watch and dial.

    But I do like the mercedes style......

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    Interesting topic, not least because it's one aspect of watch design and implementation that so many get wrong.

    I enjoy well-implemented syringe hands, but only own one watch that has them, ditto skeleton hands - done well they can make a dial more readable, but I only have a couple of watches with them. I dislike "Mercedes" hands on anything other than a Rolex, likewise the over-complicated designs of a lot of Japanese divers - but own examples of both because they suit the overall design.

    Mostly, it's about appropriateness to the overall design, and (especially), quality of implementation. Too many hands look like they were crudely stamped-out of flimsy aluminium sheet, with raw edges, dull curves, &c - something that spoils the entire watch, I have seen expensive watches with beautifully-finished movements replete with flawlessly polished anglage hidden in their unseen depths - yet a set of hands that look like they came from AliExpress...

    So many hand sets would be immediately improved by an extra 45 degree anglage finishing to their edges, improving perceived quality and improved visibility, something modern technology can surely accomplish without the need for expensive craftsmen. Grand Seiko do it beautifully -


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    Cant beat sword hands. Im working on the correct insert from Rolex but lockdown got in the way...

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    The broad arrows on these have become my favourite lately..


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