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What are your favourite hands? It could be for several reasons, the hands themselves or how they fit with the rest of the watch, their legibility, their finish, or even for no real reason in particular.

I’ll start with the IWC Aquatimer which is a watch I no longer own, hence the stock website render instead of an actual photo.

I owned this watch and sold it for a number of reasons, size, comfort, weight, lack of bracelet adjustment. But the hands were its best feature. Their size and legibility meant this was the most legible watch I have ever owned and probably will ever own. If IWC can solve the bracelet and add micro adjust I might be foolish enough to try again at some point.

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Next are the IWC pilot watch hands. I love the shape of these and they are incredibly legible, just like the Aquatimer. What I prefer about mine is the fact they are outlined in Matt black. I’ve had too many lume filled polished hands and in many lights they disappear with only the lume showing. This turns an otherwise excellent looking hand into an ugly hard to read one. I’m looking at you Omega and your broad arrow hands here.

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Finally a pair of hands I admit not liking when I first saw them. The Rolex Mercedes hands. What it is about these on my Explorer though isn’t the hands, it’s the finish on them. Many hands are completely flat or have a bevelled edge. However Rolex have polished these with a fantastic looking curve across the whole top of the hands. I’ve tried to capture this as best I can in my photo, hence the lighting which seems to hide the dial. It’s such a small detail you’ll probably never see unless you own the watch or have a very thorough look at one. It’s these small details that all add up to a top quality product in my mind. So much so that I now look at other watches and are disappointed that they don’t have this feature on them.

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So over to you, what are your favourite watch hands and why?
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I started off thinking Albrecht Dűrer, Sergei Rachmaninov or Jacqueline du Pré, then I read the OP properly.

It’s fairly simple for me; I like hands that are easy to spot yet don’t draw attention to themselves per se. Elegant and preferably slim, good contrast with the dial whether lume is involved or not, no arrows, lollipops or other embellishments for preference. Sword, leaf, Dauphine, or simple bâtons.


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Although this is a watch I no longer own, I always really loved the Sword & Teardrop hands on it, they just were oozing with character!
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My first set of CW hands. You just can't argue with the sheer acreage of lume 8)
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My favourite dive hands - the original LLHD hands. Not much lume, but so visible and beautiful at the same time when the lught catches the SS.
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Next up - AT hands. I passed by a lot of ATs for a long time because the hands didn't really appeal. I felt it looked unbalanced, as if an arrow had fallen off the hour hand. But one day i noticed that the minute and seconds hands were the one with arrows - and they're really the working end of a watch dial. Usually when i glance at my watch i know what hour of the day it is. What i want to pick out straight away is whether the second hand is ticking; and where we are with minutes past or to the hour. And these are the AT hands that draw your eyes . Both have slightly different arrows. It's a beautiful thing and to me it's highly functional too.
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Finally, my GADA favourite, and i don't even know what they're officially called. These ones:

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Dauphine hands are by far my favourite, and nobody does them better than the Japanese imo ...

If I had both a tiny face and fingers, I reckon I could shave with these.

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Has to be my new Planet Ocean hands. Love the broad arrows.
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Runner up would be anything with military style sword hands like the classic MilSub.
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Mine are probably the Seiko 5 hands. I just love the arrow pointer hand, and the hour hand has lots of character

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When I think about favourite hand sets I have difficulty in just thinking about the hands in isolation. For me it is important that they work with the indices, dial and overall style of the watch.

I have picked a few examples that I think suit the particular watches, but wouldn’t look correct if they appeared on the other watches.

Razor sharp, just like the indices, with the added bonus of a capped second hand.
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Vintage style and in keeping with the shape of the indices, complete with a lollipop second hand.
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Simple sculpted well finished hands that work with the simplicity of the indices. The shape of the hands is also complimentary to the sculpted case sides.
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Two classic hands often seen on dressier watches from the brand, with a rather silly orange second hand that is complimented by the orange detail on the dial. The green crystal just adds to the overall weird look.
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One of my favourite styles of handset. In this instance black outlines to the hands (and indices) gives great legibility. And I do like a nicely done GMT hand stack.
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These are classic and beautifully finished. The way the tip bends at the end is a superb touch.
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Has to be these, they’re just so well done. Beautiful syringe hands that look to be white enamelled. So well lumed with zero overspill. All three are elegant, but that chrono hand with its lume strip and hollowed counterbalance. 😍
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strapline wrote: Fri Jan 05, 2024 6:54 pm Has to be these, they’re just so well done. Beautiful syringe hands that look to be white enamelled. So well lumed with zero overspill. All three are elegant, but that chrono hand with its lume strip and hollowed counterbalance. 😍
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Not to mention the arrow minute marker in the subdial! :thumbup:
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Offered up in all seriousness…

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I think it would be these:

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Although, as already mentioned, it is really the combination of dial, markers and hands that appeal.


Over the years, and with plenty of mistakes, I have discovered I don't really care for hands without lume. Function over form - every time, and the reason a few Grand Seiko watches have come and gone from my collection.
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i totally wanted to go a completely inappropriate direction with an answer here. but discretion is the better part of valor.
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The heat blued leaf hands on my Montblanc calendar moonphase.

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They are so pretty and refined. And the colour pops against the white dial under the right light (and angle).
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