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    hand wind watch won't move until i pull out the crown and push it back

    Hi guys,

    I've noticed an unusual habit of my vintage seiko manual wound watch. When it comes to a complete stop, after turning the crown a couple of times, it won't start again until I pull out the crown and push it back in again. I never thought this was odd until I got another vintage watch, also hand wound, and it started running once i gave the crown a few good turns.
    Is my seiko malfunctioning in some way??

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    Re: hand wind watch won't move until i pull out the crown and push it back

    Do you think it's the fact that you pull out the crown and push it back in, or could it be that you are giving the watch a gentle shake by doing that?
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    Re: hand wind watch won't move until i pull out the crown and push it back

    Well, if a manual wind will not wind as suppose to, I would say you have a problem with it.
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    Re: hand wind watch won't move until i pull out the crown and push it back

    Quote Originally Posted by Meyer09 View Post
    Hi guys,

    I've noticed an unusual habit of my vintage seiko manual wound watch. When it comes to a complete stop, after turning the crown a couple of times, it won't start again until I pull out the crown and push it back in again. I never thought this was odd until I got another vintage watch, also hand wound, and it started running once i gave the crown a few good turns.
    Is my seiko malfunctioning in some way??
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    Re: hand wind watch won't move until i pull out the crown and push it back

    When you say a few turns do you mean 2,3,4 turns of the crown, is it the same with a full wind till the crown won't turn no more. If it is only 2,3 turns some watches need more power to start it up or may need a good service.

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    Re: hand wind watch won't move until i pull out the crown and push it back

    Quote Originally Posted by joeuk View Post
    When you say a few turns do you mean 2,3,4 turns of the crown, is it the same with a full wind till the crown won't turn no more. If it is only 2,3 turns some watches need more power to start it up or may need a good service.
    I counted up to 15 turns, still no movement.
    I guess something is wrong... but once its started, its quite accurate, loses about 15 seconds a day.

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    Re: hand wind watch won't move until i pull out the crown and push it back

    Rather than pushing the crown in and out, try a gentle shake next time.

    Lever escapements are usually self-starting, but are only tolerant of a certain amount of beat error. A watch that's in need of service can also be a hard starter.

    I can get a bit obsessive about getting high grade watches to start on the first turn, but most watches should at least start by half wind. Also, I'll mention that when I set up stopworks(not applicable here) I generally wind until the watch self-starts and then set that as the "low" point of the works.
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