Recently purchased a 1945 Lord Elgin that is a mechanical style. The back of case is clear so I can see the mechanism and the mechanism seems to be in good repair. Also, the seller said he had it checked by a jeweler before selling.
When I received the watch it was completely unwound. So, I set the time and then wound the watch completely. Nothing. After fiddling with it for a bit I decided to shake/twist it like an automatic. Eureka! Now the watch seems to be working perfectly. I set the time and will look at it periodically over next 24 hours to see how well it is keeping time.
The watch is not an automatic. When winding the crown it tightens and reaches a point where it cannot be wound anymore. So, my question is, is it normal to have to shake/twist a mechanical watch of this vintage to get it started? Or is there likely a mechanical issue?