What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

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    What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    I wasn't paying attention and wound my watch the wrong way. The watch seems okay but I am worried I might have cause some damage. The movement is a ETA 2897.

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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    Quote Originally Posted by abmw View Post
    I wasn't paying attention and wound my watch the wrong way. The watch seems okay but I am worried I might have cause some damage. The movement is a ETA 2897.
    Yes, you just wound yourself back in time. It's the year 1601 and for announcing you wear a watch you will be publicly flogged in suspicion of witch craft (and for not using the search function)
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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    Quote Originally Posted by abmw View Post
    I wasn't paying attention and wound my watch the wrong way. The watch seems okay but I am worried I might have cause some damage. The movement is a ETA 2897.
    Good question if you haven't owned many mechanical watches. You won't wind or unwind the movement at all by turning the crown counter clockwise because a ratchet prevents any damage.

    Searching for the answer to such a specific question would probably not result in any information.

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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    gotta remember mechanical watches have been around a while and engineers do understand people make mistakes. so they usually put in a goodly measure of protective features so stuff like this or pushing the reset on your chrono, etc. while it's running don't ruin your watch
    Last edited by Kungfucowboy; August 30th, 2010 at 15:15.

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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post

    Searching for the answer to such a specific question would probably not result in any information.
    On the first of 5 pages of search results...
    Is there any chance of damaging a watch by winding it backwards?
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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozy View Post
    On the first of 5 pages of search results...
    Is there any chance of damaging a watch by winding it backwards?
    He's in 1601, dammit. He can't get to the internet. Show some understanding! He has to go to the "Sundial-Ye-Seeke" town crier

    Reminds me of the Steven Wright gag about the diner advertising "Breakfast Anytime." "So I ordered scrambled eggs during the Renaissance"

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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ozy View Post
    On the first of 5 pages of search results...
    Is there any chance of damaging a watch by winding it backwards?
    C'mon folks...his was a reasonable question. Can't we for once just provide an honest and simple answer without the snide comments?

    BTW, I tried searching for "Handwind a movement the wrong way" and got 9 hits none of which appeared to address the problem.
    Last edited by John MS; August 30th, 2010 at 21:40.

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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    C'mon folks...his was a reasonable question. Can't we for once just provide an honest and simple answer without the snide comments?

    BTW, I tried searching for "Handwind a movement the wrong way" and got 9 hits none of which appeared to address the problem.
    Thanks for the feedback John MS.
    Last edited by abmw; August 31st, 2010 at 00:02.

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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    goodness gracious!!! we'd never have any conversations around here if everyone was told to do a search!?!?

    as to the original question - it's totally fine to back-wind the crown.
    the official canadian time: http://time5.nrc.ca/webclock_e.shtml

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    Re: What happens if you handwind a automatic movement the wrong way?

    Yes. The clutch will slip, that is all. No damage, but no winding either!

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