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    The hands of time - a reference guide

    The hands are one of the most important components of a watch. Can't tell time without 'em!

    Tell us which styles you love, which ones you loathe and why.

    Here are a few examples to get the discussion started:

    Classic Baton:

    Internet pic


    Classic Sword:

    Pic by NRG


    Roman Sword:

    Pic by AMattrOfTime


    Mercedes:

    Pic by Tragic


    Byzantine aka Cathedral:

    Pic by Roachman


    Teardrop:

    Pic by Eddyboy


    Plongeur:

    Pic by Sukispop


    Maybe you prefer something unique to a specific watch like Tissot's Harpoon:

    Pic by Charles R. Lawson
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    Re: The hands of time

    It depends on the style of watch they are on. Also the style/color/texture of the face merit different style hands.


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    Re: The hands of time

    Like others have said it depends on what type of watch. But if I had to pick a couple favorites I like the sword hands like on my Mako and the Plongeur, actually I believe the new Zodiac Classique Calame I have ordered has sword type hands, if not they would fall in the teardrop category. Never been a fan of the mercedes hands or baton types...

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    Re: The hands of time

    As long as they are in keeping with the style of the dial. A black face diver, like the pictured Ocean7, would look quite wrong with Alpha style hands.

    What I can't abide is when the minute and/or second hand is noticably short of the minute/second index marker, or completely covers them. The best length (IMHO) is when the minute hand comes the the exact inside edge of the index marker, or the middle of the marker; the second hand should come to the middle of the marker.



    P.S. you don't really need them, but it does help:

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    Re: The hands of time

    I can't stand plongeur hands on any watch. there way to big and throw off the dial.

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    Re: The hands of time

    Quote Originally Posted by lysanderxiii View Post

    P.S. you don't really need them, but it does help:

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    Re: The hands of time

    Is this "teardrop" ?
    Anyway...I like it:


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    Re: The hands of time

    My favorites are the ladder style Type I hands on the Marathon SAR and the Benrus divers Second favorite are the "snowflake" hands on the Tudor mil sub.

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    Re: The hands of time

    I don't know why but I have a strong dislike for Mercedes style hour hands - maybe because it has been so over used in knock-offs and homages, but I just find it to be unpleasant to look at. I really like swords and batons tho...
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    Re: The hands of time

    Quote Originally Posted by ihatecomingupwithusername View Post
    I don't know why but I have a strong dislike for Mercedes style hour hands - maybe because it has been so over used in knock-offs and homages, but I just find it to be unpleasant to look at. I really like swords and batons tho...
    I could never understand mercedes hands either, they look goofy.
    I dont know if there is something im missing, but they arnt even ledgable.

    Both military versions of the Rolex and Tudor submariners had to go thru hand changes.

    I guess it takes the military to get a practical dial.

    Crooked date hate!!!

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