Do you know how to wind your watch or timepiece? In order to properly care for and maintain one’s watch or timepiece, one should take time to wind them – unless they’d like to deal with malfunctions and errors in time-telling and more. Winding up your watches, whether manual-winding or automatic, will also help you avoid going out to get them repaired should a malfunction and damage due to non-winding happen.
It is known that automatic watches like the Seiko 5 Sports are meant for daily wear because the wearer’s motion drives automatic watches. Still, winding your automatic watch should be done occasionally. Read on for a step-by-step guide on how to wind your automatic watch.
The Automatic Watch Winding Guide
- Before winding your automatic watch, make sure it’s off your wrist. Remember, winding any watch while still wearing it strains your wrist and the internal workings of your watch.
- With your watch off your wrist, take time to study it first. Place it on a clean, tidy surface. Read the watch manual or do your research to check its features and mechanisms. Remember, an automatic watch’s movement is similar to a manual watch’s movement, except that it is powered by a rotor that maintains the watches’ energy through the wearer’s movement. You have to know what you’re working with before fully handling something and its components.
- Next, while holding the watch with one hand, locate its watch crown and unscrew it to expose the watch stem or until it’s in the first position. The watch crown and stem can also set different settings on your watch (e.g., date, time, and others). Test each level of the watch stem to check what each level does or what setting it’s responsible for. Be gentle when handling the watch stem as it is connected to various important internal mechanisms of your watch or timepiece. Also, attempting to handle the stem while wearing your watch will lead to a bent or damaged stem.
- Once you’ve determined what level of the watch stem affects which watch setting, you’re ready to get to winding. Twist the watch crown clockwise until you feel some kind of resistance or for about twenty to forty turns. It’s important not to wind the watch crown or stem past the resistance point – unlike a manual-winding watch, one can’t overwind an automatic watch.
- If you’re done with winding, gently push the watch crown back in and get your watch back to its original state. Then, wear your watch to keep its movement running and working through your natural wrist movements.
- After winding, feel free to set the time and other functions or settings. Double-check your watch’s face to know how your tinkering affects the watch.
Watches and timepieces are delicate devices, and one should always be cautious when it comes to storing them when not in use. One way to protect your watch or timepiece is by covering it or wrapping it in a protective packaging material like bubble wrap. In addition, it would help if you stored the watch in a cool, clean, and dust-free environment or an actual watch case. Also, keep your watches and timepieces out of direct sunlight.
Attempt to wind your watch or timepiece every week even when you won’t be using it for the day or while they’re in storage. Or you can check on watch winders online or in physical stores. However, keep in mind that you can damage the internal workings of your watch if you wind it too far past the resistance point. So go to a watch specialist or certified horologist if you’ve done so.
Luther Abrams is quite a jack of all trades type of guy. He loves exploring new things and cultivating his knowledge every now and then. Today, he grows more and more interested in jewelry and watches and even writes about such things in his free time.
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