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post #16 of 21
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mild derail follows - what a hot selling eBay item - watch winders. dont remember the last time i searched a product and saw basically every one on offer with a bid for the next week
Indeed, I got mine on ebay (one of those battery-powered numbers, with "fuzzy logic" -- yeah, right.), and I'm quite happy with it.
post #17 of 21
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.[/quote] From an engineering standpoint, it's always considered bad to let moving parts of any machine to sit still for a long time after it has been used in the past.  The general theory, I think, is that no matter how self-contained these mechanical parts may be, there's always a buildup of debris, dust, and other undesired particles that could potentially interfere with moving parts.  While when parts are constantly moving, these miniscule particles don't present trouble, once they are stopped, they tend to settle in the areas that would block the re-starting of these same parts, sort of like putting a door stop on the moving parts.   Obviously, this is not worrysome on the scale of moths in the closet, but when possible, it is preferred to keep the moving parts moving on a regular basis.  This not only applies to watches, but to all other mechanical parts.  Being a computer geek, I know that it is generally considered a superbly bad idea to not use hard drives for a long time, as the same logic applies.[/quote] i've also been told this..i make it a point to wind my mechanical watches periodically if they haven't been worn for awhile.. p.s. sorry norcal..i dont' have a digital camera(perhaps that will the next thing i obsess over)
post #18 of 21
Arvi, A simple list or description would suffice. I'm trying to gauge how to best organize a modest sized watch collection, and how people decide on/rationalize certain purchases. I think my LT goal will be a limit of six to nine timepieces personal finances permitting. As far as winders are concerned, I think they are worthwhile investment for convenience only, and do not really merit a purchase for a single B&M. I wouldn't pay less than $150-200 for a single winder for fear of magnetizing my watch or overwinding it. I think Orbita makes great products, FWIW.
post #19 of 21
Yes it is supposedly bad for the movement. Two good winders: Orbita (http://www.orbita.net/) and Scatola (http://www.scatoladeltempo.com/) I just purchased an Orbita for a Patek I just purchased, I will post pictures in a different thread.
post #20 of 21
There are a lot of variables that may cause problems (how much oil in the watch, how much oil was used in the watch, the type of oil, how complex it is, are there non-circular complications in the watch? i.e. retrograde hand, is there particles in there from the exterior or caused by constant friction?) but regarding my own watches I let them wind down naturally and let them sit for a few days without use. Since I rotate my watches constantly (for the most part) I don't have too many problems regarding oil hardening, but to avoid problems I constantly send the watches to be serviced. If you have watch that is left w/o use for several years, it is recommended that you service the watch before using. As well, another trick is to just wind watches once a week (even if you don't use them, just let them run inside a drawer) this is akin to running a car's engine once a week even if the car is not driven often. Jon.
post #21 of 21
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Arvi, A simple list or description would suffice. I'm trying to gauge how to best organize a modest sized watch collection, and how people decide on/rationalize certain purchases.  I think my LT goal will be a limit of six to nine timepieces personal finances permitting.
i have mostly vintage watches that i probably bought too many of on ebay during a watch-accumulation faze(nowadays i buy vintage enamel cufflinks) some years ago..i buy what i would to wear on regular basis and have spent anywhere from $50 to $500, not caring about name..i sort of gravitate to chronographs and tank watches from 1920s to c. 1950..i only buy mechanical or automatic..of course when i see a new watch that i like i also can't resist(try erken on ebay..they have some nice designs)
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