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It appears us manual fans are a dying breed of watch collector, most people seem to have an affinity for automatics, but for me its always been about the manuals, wondering if any one out there feels the same joy I do in winding a watch?:thumbup:

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I too would rather have a manual wind watch.

I own an Omega Speedmaster Professional, a vintage Girard Perregaux, an Invicta Russian Diver and 1948 Executive model, my old Mickey Mouse watch, a 1938 Bulova, and my family is getting me a Chase-Durer WarHawk Mechanical Pilot watch for Christmas.

I love mechanicals. There's a bonding process every morning when I wind my watch.

My autos are a pain. Having to reset them and keep them wound is a pain. I'd take a wind-up over an automatic any day.
 

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This hand-winder, a late 1950s-early60s Wittnauer, is one of my favorite watches. I have another hand-winder Wittnauer, but it is a traditional, small "gentleman's" tank model and would be more suitable for a woman these days, so I seldom wear it. The only other hand-winder I currently have is a pocket watch and I almost never carry it. Like you, I prefer hand-winders, but they are hard to find and for some reason are more expensive than autos of the same quality.
 

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I definitely like manual watches. While perhaps a bit inconvenient, in the modern age, they have a purity to them.

I have 3 manual watches. A LeCoultre Memovox from around 1960; I'm having a 1940 Hamilton Turner restored as I type, and I recently bought a custom-made watch from a friend with a Unitas movement.



-Ben
 

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I like manual wind watches and have several. I actually prefer my manual wind Russian chrono to the VJ 7750. Not in terms of quality (since the Russian movement is cheap), but it's much thinner and lighter.
 

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I don't seek out manuals, but I like them just fine. I have several, and these two get worn a few times each year.



 

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An auto is as retro as I intend to get.

However, it hasn't been that long ago that I thought I'd never own an another auto.
 

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I got 3 manual wind militarys from Foghorn. I hadn't had a manual before, but I like them quite a bit and travel with them. I have the feeling that all things being equal, a manual is more sturdy than an automatic. So, if you need something tough, go with the manual and make it a habit to give it a few twists every morning.
 

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I have more handwind watch than automatic. But i don't care for me it's more or less the same :001_tongue:

The only problem is the russian model without quick set date, very often i let the wrong day/date because it's to painfull to set it correctly.
 

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Just picked up this handsome vintage manual wind IWC

I love it just the same as all my automatics. I enjoy winding it every morning and feeling the definite stop of the winding mechanism.

Bill

IWC cal 89 from about 1958



See, no rotor here:

 

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It appears us manual fans are a dying breed of watch collector, most people seem to have an affinity for automatics, but for me its always been about the manuals, wondering if any one out there feels the same joy I do in winding a watch?:thumbup:

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-jdp87
With the number of Omega Speedy Pro Moonwatches that are being sold, I doubt that manuals are going to die anytime soon. My next will likely be the aforementioned Speedy, Ref: 3570.50. :001_smile:
 

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A manual is one kind of watch I don't yet have in my collection but really want. This thread makes me wish I had kept some of the mechanical Timexes I had as a kid!
 

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i prefer manual watches too. vintage manuals.
automatics depends. i think i am a confused kid now..haha...i love them all.

first love, still manual.
 
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