Choosing the best wind up alarm clock comes down to just a few things. To truly experience and appreciate old fashioned wind up clocks, you need one without batteries...and they are hard to find (I listed them here, however!). Even children's clocks that look like winding styles are battery operated. So be careful when selecting. After that, it is only a matter of personal style and taste! Find one that suits your fancy (they are affordable, by the way) and enjoy!
Many people are put off due to having to remember to wind. Don't worry about winding...you need only do it once per day. Just like you would set an electric alarm clock next to your bed each evening, simply get in the habit of winding it before bed and pulling out the "alarm set" knob...that's it! You never have to worry about getting up late due to a battery dying or power outage. Let the rich sound of it ticking put you to sleep and its loud alarm get you up when you need to each morning.
How DID previous generations ever know what time it is, having to wind that clock each day...must have been a grueling task! :) If only they would make a wind up Kit Cat Clock...I really want one of those - another blast from the past!