Being a lefty in the world of watchmaking can be understandably unfair. However, the haute horology will always have a special timepiece for you. Here’s a list of the best watches out there for the left-handed folks.
Watchmaking may be booming today with bespoke designs, precious jewels and flying tourbillons, but they’re almost exclusively for right-handed gentlemen. But, you may be wondering why there’s even a need for a lefty timepiece. Well, a watch is always meant to be worn on our lesser dominant hand and time must be adjusted by our dominant hands. In the case of lefties, they’re almost left with no option but to wear it on their dominant hand, their left. This inconvenience doesn’t just apply to theory, but also in practicality. For these right-handed watches, the crown needs to be facing outwards, instead of traditionally being inwards. It allows a lefty to use their dominant left hand to adjust time conveniently.
While we have special computer keyboards, notebooks, and more day-to-day objects made for Southpaws, it would only be fair to have timepieces made for them too.
Panerai Luminor PAM 00557
Panerai has a long history of catering to the left-handed folk. Be it on a note of minimalism, sport, or something more premium. However, their Italian archives bring out an interesting tale. It states that their mid-20th century diving watches were usually right-hand fits since the left hand would already hold a compass or depth gauge. Paying homage to this, this Luminor is crafted out of AISI 316L 1.4435 stainless steel, built for extreme conditions. Under the hood, we see an in-house P.3000 calibre that boasts a three-day power reserve. The case-back is a window to its lefty movement.
Price: Rs 6,77,000
Available at Ethos Watches and Panerai boutiques.
SEVENFRIDAY M-SERIES M2/01
Being one of the best watches with a dose of style, the M2/01 is also a mechanical genius. It takes inspiration from a voltameter, an instrument designed to measure electrical potential during the industrial revolution. With a sleek black stainless steel case, it comes with a sand-blasted bezel. It runs automatically with a 40-hour power reserve. Interestingly, its dial has six layers of black and rhodium plates that are alternately sand-blasted, along with satin and matte finishing, which adds up to 10 applied parts, creating a three-dimensional effect.
Price: Rs 1,17,000
Available at Kapoor Watch Company and SEVENFRIDAY Boutiques.
Tudor Pelagos LHD
This Tudor is a textbook sports watch, only with a reversed mechanism to suit lefties better. It does come close to the regular Pelagos though – A satin-finished titanium and stainless steel make, a black bezel with dial coupled with white indexes. The date window at 3 is the cherry on the cake. Inside, we see a self-wound Calibre MT5612-LHD that promises a power reserve of 70 hours.
Price: Rs 3,37,200
Available at Tudor’s online boutique.
TAG Heuer Monaco Calibre 11
It is a timepiece famous for various reasons. It’s a beacon of a bond between watchmaking and motorsport that came about in the late 60s on Monaco’s historic streets. And Steve McQueen first sported the watch in the 70s film ‘Le Mans’. Designed for those who live life in the fast lane and well, wear a watch on the right wrist like Steve McQueen himself. Cased in 39-mm brushed stainless steel, it runs on a Calibre 11 Automatic movement that promises a 40-hour power reserve. It comes with two chronographic sub-dials and a ‘Gulf’ logo at 6 o’clock, making for a powerful tribute its heritage.
Price: On demand (approx $6,550)
Available at TAG Heuer boutiques.
OMEGA Seamaster Ploprof 1200m
Paying homage to OMEGA’s vibrant and rich diving heritage, the Seamaster Ploprof 1200 got quite a charming update in 2016 nearly fifty years since its genesis. It unites contemporary watchmaking tech with the Seamaster Professional 600’s vintage charm. The 55 x 48mm stainless steel case is eye-catching for its sheer size and screw-in crown on the left, as well as its ‘shark-proof’ stainless steel bracelet. Beyond these features, the timepiece also boasts an automatic helium escape valve and bezel security pusher. It is water-resistant to 1200 metres.
Price: On request
Available at OMEGA boutiques.
IWC Big Pilot’s “Right Hander”
The IWC Big Pilot ‘Right-Hander’, a timepiece that caters exclusively to the left-handed – 40 per cent of the aviation community, and just 10 per cent of the world. Cased in stainless-steel and strapped-on with black calfskin. With a monochromatic palette of silver, grey and black, the Big Pilot ‘Right-Hander’ has a seconds sub-dial at three o’clock. It also features a seven-day or 168-hour power reserve at nine o’clock. The dial is slate-toned and has white luminescent indexes, while the two sub-dials are black in colour. Underneath, we see an automatic IWC Caliber 52010. The timepiece is limited to 250 units.
Price: On demand. (approx. $14,000)
Available exclusively at IWC boutiques.