The hand wound chronograph is one of those must-have collection staples for any aficionado, enthusiast or die-hard collector. At any level the hand wound, or manually wound chronograph is the quintessential watch to nerd out on, especially so when you peer through the open sapphire caseback and watch the movement turning. We've put together some of the best hand wound chronographs, including legendary pieces from the likes of Patek Philippe, Vacheron Constantin and A. Lange & Söhne, as well as some hand wound chronographs that are overlooked from Panerai, Chopard and Breguet.
Patek Philippe 5370P Split-Seconds Chronograph
Easily one of the greatest hand wound chronograph watches ever, the Patek Philippe 5370P Split-Seconds Chronograph is a personal grail of mine and is arguably one of the best watches Patek Philippe has ever made. The king of the hand wound chronographs.
Patek Philippe 5172G Chronograph
While not as coveted as its older brother, the 5172G is still a remarkable hand wound chronograph that needs to be seen and felt in the metal.
A. Lange & Söhne Datograph
A. Lange & Söhne's answer to Patek Philippe's dominance in the market of hand wound chronographs is the mighty Datograph. This particular model is clad entirely in platinum, adding some extra heft to its already very industrial look and feel.
Vacheron Constantin Harmony Chronograph
Perhaps not as well known as Patek Philippe's and A. Lange & Söhne's offerings, Vacheron Constantin's Harmony Chronograph is a supremely well put together, engaging and highly complicated hand wound chronograph that looks and feels unlike any other piece in this list.
Panerai Luminor Chrono Monopulsante GMT Blu Notte
From Panerai we have the Luminor Chrono Monopulsante GMT Blu Notte reference PAM01135. An odd choice, especially considering the other pieces in this list, but hear me out. The Panerai Luminor Chrono Monopulsante GMT Blu Notte has the benefit of being super sporty looking, fairly casual and completely inconspicuous. The result is a fly-under-the-radar beast of a hand wound chronograph.
Vacheron Constantin Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955
Vacheron Constaint's next hand wound chronograph for this list is the immense Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955. Crafted in gold, the Historiques Cornes de Vache 1955 is an ornate and over-the-top hand wound chronograph from one of my favourite watchmakers.
Breguet Classique Chronograph
The Breguet Classique Chronograph, reference 5247BR/29/9V6, is another superb hand wound chronograph that combines the finesse of a traditional dress watch with the technical prowess that we've all come to expect from such a historic watchmaker.
Chopard Mille Miglia Vintage
Another overlooked piece, this time from Chopard. Here is the wonderful tri-compax Chopard Mille Miglia Vintage, an exceptional ode to the hand wound chronographs of a generation ago. Love this model.
Omega Museum Chronograph
Rare, unique and inspired by the hand wound chronographs of yesteryear, the exquisite Omega Museum Chronograph reference 5126.96.36.199.09.001 is perhaps the wildcard addition to the list, but it's one that I think oozes value for money.
Piaget Altiplano Ultra-Thin Chronograph
Piaget's inclusion here is in the form of the Altiplano Ultra-Thin Chronograph. Sleek and refined, the Altiplano Ultra-Thin Chronograph is perhaps the most modern looking of all the hand wound chronographs on this list
Omega Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon Alinghi
I love this red and black variation of the Speedmaster Dark Side Of The Moon. Dubbed the Alinghi model, the reference 3188.8.131.52.01.002 is a highly avant-garde and contemporary hand wound chronograph whose virtues and brilliance more than justify its position here.
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