In Chaplin’s day, many destros were custom-ordered from the manufacturer. For instance, the French Navy ordered “snowflake” Tudor ref. 9401 watches in destro configuration starting in 1970. Plenty of other watches came with a left-side crown for technical reasons, rather than catering exclusively to southpaws.
In 1969, perfect replica Breitling and TAG Heuer both used the new Swiss made Caliber 11 movement – and a left-side crown was the only way watchmakers could add a chronograph module to the base movement during development.
AAA best fake watches like these remain a godsend for left and right-handed collectors alike. But certain brands continue to produce them today, and these watches aren’t only finding their way to the right wrist.