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    Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    So I know the answer will be 'it varies on how much you move around, etc.', but I'm just looking for a ballpark here.

    My one watch is a manual wind (Speedy) and it looks like I'm about to pick up an automatic Seamaster, my very first auto.

    Speedy is my 'daily wearer' for work and going out, but I plan to give the Seamaster some wrist time, in particular during recreational times, camping, cottage etc.

    I'm sure I will pick up an electric winder for it soon enough, but in the meantime I'm curious how long I should keep the auto on my wrist each day to keep it running. Would 2-3 hours a day suffice?

    thanks!

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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    In my opinion, 2-3 Hours may not be enough, per day - unless you were quite active with it.
    I use a watch winder as I have 4 auto's and I believe the settings simulate 6 hours of wear daily.

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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    2-3 won't be enough if you only wore it just working at a desk, but if that included driving a car or walking to work.... would probably be adequate.

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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    According to my experiences, 2-3 hours is not enough. Watch winder is recommended in such cases.
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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    +1 I agree. Though I don't have a watch winder, I just manually wind the watch and set the time when I wear the watch. I tend to get a time-only watch, or that plus the day of month. The one that does Day-Date is a pain in the butt to set, too, so would benefit from a winder.
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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    As far as watch winders, do you recommend using them for all of the watches? If I have a watch I wear once a week, should I keep it on the winder or let it stop itself?

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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    Quote Originally Posted by gilbertpsk View Post
    As far as watch winders, do you recommend using them for all of the watches? If I have a watch I wear once a week, should I keep it on the winder or let it stop itself?
    I maintain all my Auto's on a winder, I tend to wear each one daily or twice a week.

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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    If your going to wear it for 2-3 hours a day anyways, just winde in manually.
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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    Quote Originally Posted by anonymousmoose View Post
    If your going to wear it for 2-3 hours a day anyways, just winde in manually.
    Ditto on AM's comment...

    I've been wearing my PO since last Sunday and I just gave it a manual wind...Got about 3 rotations until my over wind protection kicked in...Granted I've been wearing it 24 / 7 (Yes even while sleeping and showering)...

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    Re: Autos: How long on the wrist each day to stay wound?

    I agree with OZY. The less I have to mess with a screw down crown, the better. It's a winder for me period.

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