OK, treated myself this afternoon with the kind help of ClementW. In short a Militare Chrono is winging it's way to me! Yes Phunky, the white dialled piece of gorgeousness that was on eBay.
Anyway, my question for those experienced is: is it essential to wind the Militare models with the crown locking mechanism open? It seems cumbersome to say the least. Can they be safely wound with the mechanism closed and only open it to adjust the time?
And because I know we all love pics, here's a couple from Clement, hope he doesn't mind :