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Autmoatic Watches winding

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Walter, Apr 7, 2005.

  1. Walter

    Walter Senior member

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    I treated myself to a nice B&M watch lately and I was wondering hwo you guys solve the problem of the watch stopping when you do not wear it for a few days. Do you rewind all your watches daily? Do you just put the time back on each time you wear one? Do you use on of those machines that keep the watches moving? (the idea is kind of absurd)
     
  2. imageWIS

    imageWIS Senior member

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    You just have to hand wind and set it to the correct time. If you want a mechanical watch to act like a quartz watch, purchase a quartz watch.

    Jon.
     
  3. ATM

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    I solve this by wearing my automatic watch every day. I have a manual winder that is more formal looking that I wear with suits (not often) and have to set each time I wear it.
     
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  5. MilanoStyle

    MilanoStyle Senior member

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    get watch winders like arvi said.
     
  6. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    I just reset it whenever I wear it.

    What B&M? (I'm wearing my Capeland Chronograph right now)
     
  7. globetrotter

    globetrotter Senior member

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    I believe he is refering to Baume et Mercier
     
  8. j

    j Senior member Admin

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    I think a large rock tumbler would solve this problem. Add some medium grit sand to keep them shiny. [​IMG]
     
  9. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have an old automatic watch, given to me by my father, which I hardly ever wear. I let it sit in a nice hiding place. But dad is always on my case to get one of those automatic winder boxes. He says that just letting the watch sit is somehow "bad" for the movement.

    Should I feel guilty about this, or is he ... off base?
     
  10. Matt

    Matt Senior member

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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
     
  11. arvi

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    i might also add that it's very relaxing to observe my watches revolving slowly.. [​IMG] i have q glass-topped box that winds 4 watches..i alternate watches every so often
     
  12. globetrotter

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    I don't know, I have a couple of automatic watches I hardly ever wear, and I have heard that it is bad for them to sit, but I can't figure out why, and when I do put them on and fire them up, they are just fine.
     
  13. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Same experience here.
     
  14. norcaltransplant

    norcaltransplant Senior member

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    Arvi,
    Can you pull an Ernest and share your collection with us?

    NCT
     
  15. Earthmover

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    (Manton @ April 07 2005,09:39) I have an old automatic watch, given to me by my father, which I hardly ever wear. I let it sit in a nice hiding place. But dad is always on my case to get one of those automatic winder boxes. He says that just letting the watch sit is somehow "bad" for the movement. Should I feel guilty about this, or is he ... off base?
    I don't know, I have a couple of automatic watches I hardly ever wear, and I have heard that it is bad for them to sit, but I can't figure out why, and when I do put them on and fire them up, they are just fine.
    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.
     
  16. drljva

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    Indeed, I got mine on ebay (one of those battery-powered numbers, with "fuzzy logic" -- yeah, right.), and I'm quite happy with it.
     
  17. arvi

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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. Â 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. Â 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. Â 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. Â This not only applies to watches, but to all other mechanical parts. Â 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) [​IMG]
     
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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.

    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.
     
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    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.
     

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