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    Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    I'm wondering because I really like the Hamilton Khaki Field Pioneer and I think it may be handwind only.

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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    I enjoy handwinding. Its a fun ritual.

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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    Quote Originally Posted by MZhammer View Post
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    Handwinding is a ritual, takes effort and time, depends if you like that kind of thing or not. Setting the time is a bit more of a pain than the winding, IMO.

    Another thing to note is winding a watch aslo put stress on the watch, this means more potential service required as compared to say an automatic.

    Maybe the more learned will jump in on this one.

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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    Agree that setting time is a bigger pain, especially with screw down crowns and stories of reliability and quality issues with screw down crowns failing and what not, I'd be quite happy with a hand wind mech. I think hand winds are well...designed to be hand wound, I dont think service requirement is more or less than any other mechanical watch unless you wind it violently or put pressure past the stopping point.

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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    In general handwinding shouldn't be too much of a pain. Most of my watches are handwind, and I really enjoy winding them up every night - it gives me a chance to interact with them. The only pain is my vintage Timex, which has a tiny crown, so it's hard to wind.
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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    I guess I don't really understand how hanwinding works. Why do you have to set the time if you wind it every night.

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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    Quote Originally Posted by mercera View Post
    I guess I don't really understand how hanwinding works. Why do you have to set the time if you wind it every night.
    No, as long as it keeps running, it will keep pretty good time. Eventually all mechanicals should be re synchronized with the official time, but that's not a product of being hand wound.

    Handwinding isn't a problem at all. I think the reason automatics really rose to power is that people (non watch collectors) frequently forget to wind their watches, not that it was difficult to actually do the winding. If I ever buy a handwound, I'll definitely get one with a power reserve so that I can't forget.

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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    Quote Originally Posted by CitizenM View Post
    Eventually all mechanicals should be re synchronized with the official time, but that's not a product of being hand wound.
    that is actually a reason why I like to use my phone to keep track of "work time".
    the clocks in the office are about 4 minutes faster than my watch set to UK GMT.


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    Re: Is handwinding a watch really that much of an inconvenience?

    Quote Originally Posted by mercera View Post
    I'm wondering because I really like the Hamilton Khaki Field Pioneer and I think it may be handwind only.
    No, who has claimed it is??

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