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Longines watch question

KennyGhetzoff

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is it possible to OVERWIND the winder on the side of the watch?

or

Or is the watch made to have movable parts that last forever?


When i first bought the watch... turning it felt smooth, not it feels like its grabbing a gear
or something and doesn't feel smooth.

I fear I may have overwound it.
 

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Is it a manual or automatic watch? All modern automatic watches have a mechanism that prevents overwinding (some slipping ratchet). You theoretically can overwind a manual watch but it's practically impossible to do so without noticing it. When it becomes too hard to wind, you can definitely feel it. You'd need to exert a lot of force (or use pliers) to actually break it.

The winding of a watch can feel different throughout the seasons with changes in temperature, which affect the viscosity of the oils lubricating the movement. I wouldn't worry much about that - as long as it keeps good time.
 

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it's automatic (bought last year for around 2.5k)... the kind that winds itself with the turning of my wrist.

Thanks for the reply!
 

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Not a watch expert, how's the brand compare to other names?
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
All modern automatic watches have a mechanism that prevents overwinding (some slipping ratchet).

My Longines seems to have something similar that stops it winding at a certain point; judging by the serial number mine is from round about 1958, so it's probably safe to assume that any newer than that have the same?
 

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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum
My Longines seems to have something similar that stops it winding at a certain point; judging by the serial number mine is from round about 1958, so it's probably safe to assume that any newer than that have the same?
You meant that you cannot turn the crown after a certain point when you're winding it manually? Is it an automatic or a manual watch?
 

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You cannot overwind it, however there will be parts that need to be replaced every five or so years
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
You meant that you cannot turn the crown after a certain point when you're winding it manually? Is it an automatic or a manual watch?

I cannot turn it after a certain point, and it's a manual.
 

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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum
I cannot turn it after a certain point, and it's a manual.

Well then the point I made about overwinding protection mechanism on automatic doesn't apply. You cannot turn the crown becuase the main barrel is fully wound. This happens with all manual watches
 

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Originally Posted by gdl203
Well then the point I made about overwinding protection mechanism on automatic doesn't apply. You cannot turn the crown becuase the main barrel is fully wound. This happens with all manual watches
I have a pocketwatch than I'm pretty sure I broke the main spring in from winding too much, it made a clunk sound and stopped working, it does date from somewhere just before 1900 though, so I guess its likely some part became brittle over the years...
 

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