Hands - are they essential in your watches ? Or just an utilitary stick ?

Fellow crunchers, i'm interested in your opinion. Wearing my SNKL today since a long time, I was wondering what could be my favourite hands type. My personal taste goes to leaf for a dress watch, and alpha in a more sporty one. But they are essential for me to love a watch. I could not buy a BB or Pelagos because I hate the snowflakes hands. Neither a Rolex cause I don't like Mercedes hands. But I could buy a Moser just for the hands, a Baume Baumatic for its alpha, same for a Roger Dubuis. Hands can also be a signature, think Breguet, Journe, and in an affordable price range, Ward... What do you think ? What are your favourite ?

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Ok guys, votes are pretty tight but y'all seem to like hands. So what are your favourite and why ?

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I just ordered 20 different second hands to see which ones look the best for a modded watch. So yes, I can be particular.

My favorite are the simple hands you see on Laco Flieger watches, for example.

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Wow, 20 is not just a little hesitation ! But you know that you want perfection only, you're right !

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IMHO, Dauphine hands are the classiest-looking type of hands.  They are by far my favorites.

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For me its quite simple. I need the minute and second hands to be clear in their indication, which means they come to a point:

This is good:
 

Sinn 104 ST SA A Pilot Military 41mm Automatic Stainless Steel Bracelet ...

This is pretty horrendous - fat, stumpy hands that give a vague indication....

Finding out why the DOXA SUB 200 is THE value proposition of 2019

That is all. 

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Everything is important. It's a package deal 📦 

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Fellow SNKL owner here! The hands matter. When I got my SNKL43, it took me longer than I anticipated because I kept finding Seiko 5s of comparable size/specs, but didn't love the hands and since it was my first auto, I was being picky. Totally fell in love with the SNKL's dauphin hands (probably my favorite type of hands) and really loved the shade of blue so I pulled the trigger and haven't looked back. 

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Oh they are definately a very big part, that needs to look good.

e.g. i could not buy the Tudor Chrono, because it got a Snowflake Hourhand. I dislike snowflake hands, but it's OK for a 3 hand watch. But on the chrono it covers the subdials ... which is a stupid design. That's where the Speedmaster absolutely shines in comparison.

Same with the Omega SMP300 skeletonized Swords hands. Wanted to buy one because i love everything except the hands. Came out of the AD with a Planet Ocean, since the Hands look sooooo much nicer.

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syc143

Fellow SNKL owner here! The hands matter. When I got my SNKL43, it took me longer than I anticipated because I kept finding Seiko 5s of comparable size/specs, but didn't love the hands and since it was my first auto, I was being picky. Totally fell in love with the SNKL's dauphin hands (probably my favorite type of hands) and really loved the shade of blue so I pulled the trigger and haven't looked back. 

I totally agree. SNKL range (especially that blue 43) is so bang for bucks it's almost unbelievable

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mer1981

Oh they are definately a very big part, that needs to look good.

e.g. i could not buy the Tudor Chrono, because it got a Snowflake Hourhand. I dislike snowflake hands, but it's OK for a 3 hand watch. But on the chrono it covers the subdials ... which is a stupid design. That's where the Speedmaster absolutely shines in comparison.

Same with the Omega SMP300 skeletonized Swords hands. Wanted to buy one because i love everything except the hands. Came out of the AD with a Planet Ocean, since the Hands look sooooo much nicer.

I can hear you, the hands of the PO are just gorgeous !

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Don’t have a favorite hand type as the hands must complement the design of the entire watch. For instance, cathedral hands are perfectly OK on a Tutima Grand Fliegler but would looks totally stupid on a Nomos. So to pick a watch simply on hand design is....

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Hands are major part of giving the watch a look.