Originally Posted by merkur
I know that left handed (crown on the left hand side of the case) watches exist but does anyone here (left handed or otherwise) actually own one or wear one? Are they really worth the extra premium that one has to pay for one of these oddities?
I am a natural right hander and have owned two Panerai "destro" pieces, the 115 and the recently released 26K. Both pieces, I have worn on my right wrist rather than my natural left just for novelty sake.
From a manufacturing perspective, here isn't much extra work done to these as all they do is flip dial, everything else then falls into its "mirror imaged" place.
Could you share with me which brands caught your attention? There is usually very little premium charged for these pieces as you would expect lesser demand for these which the brands account for by smaller supply.
Historically, Panerai had designed watches for the right wrist because the WWII Italian combat divers wore a depth gauge on the left wrist. The 115, 217, 123 and 26 are the immediate 4 that I recall off the top of my head.
The Graham chronofighter has the trigger on the left side of the case since it is a discomfort and the ETA movement necessitates that the crown be also on the left side. It is not really a leftie watch as it is mean to be worn on the left wrist, as is the same for the new Sinn U1000 chronograph.