First watch have I done something stupid?

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    First watch have I done something stupid?

    I was given a Rotary skeleton watch today for my birthday. I've never had a nice watch before.
    It says on the watch "mecanique" and in the instructions it said for a mechanical watch to wind until tight. I kept winding but it never got tight so I stopped after a few minutes...
    Well I now know it is an automatic watch not a mechanical.
    Could I have damaged it because I definitely wound it much more than it needed to be?

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    Re: First watch have I done something stupid?

    Hi there,

    don't worry, if it is an automatic the first to give up are your finger tips.

    Consider that the owner, who winds such watch with the motions of his wrist, doesn't know when to stop moving because the watch is completely wound. Therefore it has a slip cluch which prevents that somthing cracks if you continue to wind it - either by moving the wrist or with the crown.

    Regards, Roland Ranfft

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    Re: First watch have I done something stupid?

    Quote Originally Posted by JimmyG13 View Post
    Well I now know it is an automatic watch not a mechanical.
    Just an FYI, an automatic is a mechanical watch. Any watch that is not battery operated is considered a mechanical watch.
    Samantha

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    That's good to know, thank you. As you can probably tell I have no clue about watches!

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    Re: First watch have I done something stupid?

    Looks like you got your answer...don't beat yourself up. I've done that, too.

    and welcome to the world of watches!

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    Re: First watch have I done something stupid?

    This is a useful sticky...it may have been invisible again to some though: How a Mechanical Watch works

    This is pretty good concerning "automatic": How An Automatic Watch Works – The Watch Doctor

    I am not related to Watch Doctor...if I were, I'd recommend he smile a little...and clean up & better organize his work area...

    Regards, BG

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