How do I wind my first vintage watch? Now with pics......
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    How do I wind my first vintage watch? Now with pics......

    So I'm rather new to watches in general and my only other one is an automatic. I just got a 1960's Timex in great shape. It was said by the seller to have been disassembled, cleaned, and oiled...Good to go. I'm worried mainly about overwinding it. What is the steps I should do to successfully wind it daily and how do I avoid damaging it?
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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch?

    Just gently turn the crown clockwise until it stops. The mainspring will be fully wound at that point and you won't be able to turn the crown further. That's what I do, and have not had any problems. There's no significant chance of damaging it unless you are a gorilla (i.e. there's no reason to be overly rough and hard when winding).

    "Overwinding" is mainly a myth referring to a watch with a fully wound mainspring that does not run. These watches are generally not running because of some particular problem in the movement, i.e. the movement is "stuck".
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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch?

    Thanks for the reply

    It's an amazingly nice watch! One I'd love to keep for a long long time. Would it be smart to not touch it at first and have a local watch shop look at it and oil it. Basically not take the seller's word for it and assume it is good to go?

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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by Stopsign32v View Post
    Thanks for the reply

    It's an amazingly nice watch! One I'd love to keep for a long long time. Would it be smart to not touch it at first and have a local watch shop look at it and oil it. Basically not take the seller's word for it and assume it is good to go?
    I'm not really a Timex expert, but I will give you a generic answer. Your watchmaker can take a look at the watch, verify that it is clean, see if there is oil visibly present where it should be, and put it on the timegrapher to see if it is running well. This would give you more confidence that the seller's claim is true.
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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch?

    Quote Originally Posted by badbackdan View Post
    I'm not really a Timex expert, but I will give you a generic answer. Your watchmaker can take a look at the watch, verify that it is clean, see if there is oil visibly present where it should be, and put it on the timegrapher to see if it is running well. This would give you more confidence that the seller's claim is true.
    That's what I'll do. Plus there is a black spec of lint inside the glass which is absolutely driving my OCD crazy!

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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch?

    Could you post photos?
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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch?

    I have a ColaReb Venezia Mud Brown strap on the way for it. These are pics from the auction. I got it for $125, I feel that was a fair price.















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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch? Now with pics......

    Nice dial.
    Enjoy it!
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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch? Now with pics......

    Wonderful condition.
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    Re: How do I wind my first vintage watch? Now with pics......

    Here's how I think about it: Our fathers, grandfathers, and great grandfathers got up everyday, and while still not completely awake, wound their watches.

    If they had to carefully gauge when the watch was wound, without a clear stop, they wouldn't have bothered owning a watch.

    If they had to remember to wind them just a bit, a few times a day, they wouldn't have bothered owning a watch.

    Wind your watch all the way till it stops, once a day. It's how they're designed to work best.
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