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pauluspaolo

Pocket watch x 2 + 1 x hand wind watch

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I seem to be on something of a hand wind kick at the moment as the last 3 watches I've bought have all been manually wound.

They are a pair of Ingersoll & Timex pocket watches (which I'm becoming more & more interested in) & a Panerai Radiomir clone with an Asian 6498, or 6497, movement (not sure which). I'm wearing the MM now (just because it's a wrist watch) but the other 2 are on my desk merrily ticking away. Both are keeping good time in the company of my 100(ish) year old J.W. Benson full hunter. I don't think either the Ingersoll or Timex are particularly "good" in pocket watch terms but I like them & all 3 watches together have a nice reassuring tick. The Timex is a fair bit smaller & thinner than the other 2 & appears to be sealed with no way of accessing the movement. I wonder if it's a disposable watch & if, probably more like when, it goes wrong you're supposed to bin it & buy another? On the Ingersoll you can use a fingernail to pry the case back off in order to reveal the utterly unexciting movement. Some watches have fantastic looking movements, this isn't one of them unfortunately :( I'm not trying to put either of the pocket watches down - they were probably cheap to produce & cheap to buy & it shows. There's nothing wrong with that as far as I'm concerned. They don't pretend to be anything more than that.

The MM is a different kettle of fish however. It's a wrist watch for a start & is, I suppose, pretending to be something it isn't. I hesitate to suggest that it's a fake but put Panerai Radiomir on the dial & that's pretty much what it'd be. Just to say that there's no mention of Panerai anywhere on the watch. It's a shame really as it seems to be nicely made & is keeping good time (so far), now that I've changed the strap for one that's comfier to wear/use I'm pretty happy with it. When looked face on from above the case resembles a rounded off square & measures 44mm from 9 - 3 (48mm including the crown) & 44mm from 12 - 6. The wire lugs obviously add a bit to this but aren't that noticeable (more conventional lugs would be much bigger/more obvious) & they go some way to making a large watch wearable for those of us with spindly wrists, I wouldn't want to go any bigger than this though. I'm sure it's been said by others before me but I wish they'd make a 42mm version - the same case style & with the same movement - but I don't think this is available & I'm not sure it's even possible considering the movement is quite large (ex-pocket watch I believe). I don't think an auto version or, God forbid, a quartz version would cut the mustard at all I'm afraid. There's something about winding a watch by hand which I like. Despite it being a manual wind it has a screw down crown which is a feature I like on all my watches (not just the divers), I doubt if it makes one iota of difference to the water resistance of this particular watch (I think the stated 30m is probably pushing it) but I like it all the same & I find no hardship in unscrewing the crown to wind the watch. 

So there you go - 3 more watches for the collection & I'll probably only ever use 1 of them :thumbs_up:

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