The Splurge: Victorinox Infantry Vintage in Black or Brown & Green – $399.90 ($925)
Some people might think a hand-wound watch is one step too far back in the past, but you’d be surprised how oddly satisfying winding a watch can be. Much better (and faster) than standing there swinging a self wind auto back and forth to charge it up. And there’s none of the hypocrisy of taking off your automatic, only to drop it on a plug-in watch winder. Winding the crown until you feel a bit of resistance is kinda like popping bubble wrap. Only one of these will look a lot better on your wrist than packing material. But you’ll pay for that satisfaction. Quite a bit in fact.
And then of course there’s ditching the hand wind thing and sticking with a tried and true automatic like a Hamilton’s Khaki King. Around $350 for that, Swiss made, sapphire crystal, and unlike the Victorinox you get a day and date display.