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Autmoatic Watches winding

Walter

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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)
 

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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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I just reset it whenever I wear it.

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

globetrotter

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I believe he is refering to Baume et Mercier
 

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I think a large rock tumbler would solve this problem. Add some medium grit sand to keep them shiny.
 

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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?
 
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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
 

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

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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?
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.
 

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when I do put them on and fire them up, they are just fine.
Same experience here.
 

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

NCT
 

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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.
 

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