Marathon of the Crown

Dec 29, 2022,12:28 PM

For all the pandemic I have not worn my beloved GMT Perpetual. A few days ago, I retrieved it from the bank vault to wear it through this New Year's eve.The dial showed January 27, 2020, so nearly three years separated the watch and today.

So I started to whirl the crown, not overly fast, in order not to damage something in the geartrain, but also not too slow - I did not plan to spend the entire afternoon setting the perpetual calendar. Despite a small handicap - I have a small knifecut on my index finger's tip, so this could not used for winding the crown, I needed exactly five minutes and 26 seconds to completely set the correct time and date on the GMT Perpetual. This, dear Ladies and Gentlemen, is a good movement construction!

The picture has been shot nearly four years ago:


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Great watch !

 By: borisundercover : December 29th, 2022-12:41
The WG version is on my list May it spend some more time on your wrist now ! Thank you for sharing!

Glad it is back on for New Year's

 By: MichaelC : December 29th, 2022-13:49
Look forward to a new shot!

Worth every minute of winding.

 By: Moka-Tiger (Ron) : December 29th, 2022-14:23
It's a beauty.

I just forwarded mine from August to December a couple minutes

 By: cazalea : December 29th, 2022-17:14
I can contrast that with the amount of time it takes to reset the IWC perpetual - much longer, but I think that's because I got warned not to go crazy turning it, in case something goes awry, or you go too far, it's a $1000 repair... at least with the UN ...  

My Acqua Perpetual only is three months behind ...

 By: Marcus Hanke : December 29th, 2022-18:55
... and due to its larger crown, also is quicker to be set than my classic GMT Perpetual. Marcus

I find rotating the crown..

 By: Ronald Held : December 30th, 2022-17:08
After year of not wearing it to be tedious and damaging to my fingers.

Yes, for example the tiny crowns of the first Trilogy series

 By: Marcus Hanke : January 11th, 2023-15:58
I still hesitate to set my Plentarium after at least four years of not wearing it. I know, there will be blisters. Marcus

What a wonderful watch, Marcus!

 By: MTR : January 14th, 2023-08:36
And this RG version with this very harmonious dial is tasteful and … timeless. A marvel. Many of us know how underrated UN is. I am waiting for the next „big release“ that … flashes me. Then I will probably pull the trigger. All the best and wear this gem... 

 By: Denes_Papp : January 21st, 2023-02:12
Hi Marcus, I remember your great article up "a Perpetual Love Story" and all the other great write ups regarding UN watches. I bought my Marine Perpetual LTD in 2009 and I was absorbed by everything that was written about UN1s perpetual watches. You wrote...  

This is indeed a surprising find!

 By: Marcus Hanke : January 21st, 2023-14:05
Could it be that the base plates are compatible? Marcus

Full circle then?

 By: Denes_Papp : January 22nd, 2023-00:42
That would be interesting. It would mean that UN went full circle. Bought rights from Lemania to make the UN 33. Then getting the same eBay he from Lemania. It sounds a little too complicated to me. BTW why don’t you keep your watches on wonders, then you... 

Watch winders: No running, no wear

 By: Marcus Hanke : January 22nd, 2023-15:25
I have been through that. First, I have too many watches for winders, and second, running movements have wear, which means shorter service intervals. Marcus