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The hands of time

New postby derbymike » Sat Jul 23, 2011 12:41 am

I'm hoping that the catchy title of this topic will get more attention !
I love to see all the different hand styles on watches. One of my favorites are the "umbrella " hands !.
How many styles are there ? There must be a lot. The charts show all the common ones ,Moon-Louis XIV-Baton, etc.
One favorite is the combination Roman numerals with Fleur De Lys.
The classic Roman number, with arguably the most recognized heraldic symbol strikes a chord--or a chime if you prefer.
I am hoping that my compadres here at GH will post some pics of their watches.
Duplicate hand styles are ok because they go with so many different number fonts, dial colors.................
How about it ? here are some I like.
Fire at will lads !

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Re: The hands of time

New postby veritas » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:09 pm

Nice watches Mike and the hands as well.Are these in your collection.
I have a aunt and uncle who live in Jamaica on my wife,s side
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Re: The hands of time

New postby derbymike » Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:33 pm

Hello Veritas,
Yes, these are some favorites too !
When I lived in Florida I had friends who would go to Jamaica --like all the time. It is only 500 miles away or so.
The airfare was 75.00 or something amazing.
They told me that Jamaica is the friendliest place in the world.
I wanted to go see the island, but I was always " too busy ".
Now that I'm getting older I hope I can remember not to be " too busy " to say something nice or " too busy " to take a short trip.
Thanks for writing.........can you post some pics of watch or clock hands ?
Mike
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Re: The hands of time

New postby derbymike » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:10 pm

Well lads, no takers for the " Hands of Time " idea.
Can't say that I'm surprised. Taking pictures of watch hands is not exactly exciting, and I'm sure that most GH members are about as tired of looking at watch hands as they are of hearing about E-Bay and garage sale finds ! .
To wrap-up the excitement here is a shot of a pair hands that win the " hard to see " contest.

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Re: The hands of time

New postby 4brokenow » Mon Aug 22, 2011 8:30 pm

Can't say that I'm surprised. Taking pictures of watch hands is not exactly exciting, and I'm sure that most GH members are about as tired of looking at watch hands as they are of hearing about E-Bay and garage sale finds !


Mike,

I can't speak for everyone, but I've had very little time for my hobby this summer. I am starting to work my way back now. I would love to see more "hands of time". Don't think there is any reason to wrap it up.

There are many beautiful Swiss and English hands to admire. Here is a nice set! These have a nice gothic look to them.

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Re: The hands of time

New postby richiec » Tue Aug 23, 2011 1:21 am

here are a few of mine.

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Re: The hands of time

New postby derbymike » Tue Aug 23, 2011 7:40 pm

I'm happy that infering that watch hands might be boring has rattled the higher echelons and has helped bring out some fine and enjoyable " Hands of Time ".
Now all we need is for our " Fearless Leader " Glyn, to break- out some of his high- end ultra premium examples !.
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Re: The hands of time

New postby John Arrowood » Tue Aug 23, 2011 10:00 pm

"Real" hands
An Ingersoll from the early 1970's.

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Re: The hands of time

New postby Glyn Meredith » Wed Aug 24, 2011 12:07 am

derbymike wrote:I'm happy that infering that watch hands might be boring has rattled the higher echelons and has helped bring out some fine and enjoyable " Hands of Time ".
Now all we need is for our " Fearless Leader " Glyn, to break- out some of his high- end ultra premium examples !.


Intrepid sometimes, Mike, but I tend to stay more on the middle ground. John Moane would be a better target for watch hands on premium watches.
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Re: The hands of time

New postby John Moane » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:01 pm

Hands on watches is a difficult subject as most would develope tarnishing or rust depending on what metal the hands are made of and would have been changed at some time in their past, but a good watch restorer would try to either replate or reblue the hands to keep them original or at least use hands that were used in that era.There is nothing worst then to see a high end watch that some careless person has put hamilton diamond hands on or other distinctive hands used by one maker only.eg Howard ( umbrella hands )There must be over a hundred different style hands that have been used over the history of watch making and to list them all would be a monumenal task. Here I have tried to give you an idea as to what hands were used on some makers that I have collected. First I will start with military watches. Most of these watches used radium painted hands from the earl y 1900S and as far as I have seen they were skeleton or as some people call them Cobra hands. Usually these were use on Corps of Engineers watches which were made by top end makes like .Vacheron, Nardin, I.W.C , Moser , Zenith and others. Most were the skeleton style, but Vacheron used the fancy skeleton style on most of theirs.As you can see in the 3rd photo some one has replaced the fancy skeleton hour hand with a skeleton hand. I will show you some examples.

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Re: The hands of time

New postby John Moane » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:17 pm

The Vacheron and Patek watch companies used many styles of hands as they were sometime made to order and was up to the whims of the customer which hands they wanted,as well as these companies made watches for Tiffany & Co. Here ere are some examples of the types of hands they used.

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Re: The hands of time

New postby John Moane » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:21 pm

More watches.

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Re: The hands of time

New postby John Moane » Wed Aug 24, 2011 1:48 pm

The next company is I.W.C. This company was a little more conservative in their use of hands in the early production of their watches. I have seen many styles of hands used on I.W.C watches on ebay,but some of them are not original to the watch. The early Jones cal watches used Spade or Louis XIV as far as I know and the other cals 52,57 & 71 Were mostly spade or Breguet moon hands that I have come across. As for the more modern cal 65,73,77,67 They would have used a number of styles as in this era any thing went. eg, Javelin,Swallow,Alpha,Distaff,Arrow and others. Here are some examples in my collection.I have thousands on thousands of photos of all the watchesI have collected over the years and I keep them as a referance if I ever need to check on a watch that some one may be selling. If you are interested in a particular brand of watch, I may have photos to help you in your research, Just ask,Regards, John

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Re: The hands of time

New postby derbymike » Wed Aug 24, 2011 3:05 pm

Many thanks John.
Your exquisite watches and most articulate and informative descriptions have made me feel happy and energized all morning.
Just wonderful, Thank You !
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Re: The hands of time

New postby Glyn Meredith » Wed Aug 24, 2011 4:25 pm

It's always good to see your watches, John. Thanks for sharing.
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