[Thoughts]- Automatic Movement storage... what's your practice?

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    [Thoughts]- Automatic Movement storage... what's your practice?

    We just love watches... don't we?
    That's why we never satisfy with just a single piece in our closet. Eventually, even if we get a 12pc watch box... we'll soon find ourselves getting another watch box or one with much bigger capacity.
    For some of us, who like autos more than quartz might get a watch winder or 2 or more depending on our collection volume or how precious or how expensive our piece may be...that's usually dependent on our budget as well.

    I personally have coming close to 25 autos, with most Swiss movements and minor Japanese.
    The average power reserve of the Swiss movements are 40hrs, while we have about 2 days to interchange between 2 piece. And most Swiss autos may require us to wind up first to get the movement moving follows by shaking get the movement reach to its 40hrs power reserve level. While the Japanese just require us to shake it up to get the movements reaching to their 40hrs reserve...
    However, we can stop the moving seconds of the Swiss, but not most Japanese.

    How do you store your treasures?
    Swiss movements-
    1. Wind up-> shake-> Hack?
    2. Shake-> Wind up-> Hack?
    3. Wind up-> leave it till it stops?
    4. Shake-> Wind up-> leave it till it stops?
    5. Must get a watch winder for each piece, regardless of the watch value?

    Japanese movements-
    1. Shake it up-> leave it till it stops?
    2. Shake it up-> do it every single day?
    3. Must get a watch winder for each piece, regardless of the watch value?

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    I personally don't favour winders as they wear the motor of the watches unnecessarily. It only takes a few seconds to set up a watch and a couple of shakes to start them up and there is no harm in letting them stop as long as they are worn every now and then.

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    Re: [Thoughts]- Automatic Movement storage... what's your practice?

    let it run down....
    familiaritas parit contemptum; raritate admiratione wins.- Lucius Apuleius
    est necessry, accurate ad secundo? - Lysander magna
    iustum est horologium - Obscurus Genius

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    Re: [Thoughts]- Automatic Movement storage... what's your practice?

    I let it run down and throw it in the shoe box.
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    Re: [Thoughts]- Automatic Movement storage... what's your practice?

    I let it run down, throw it in the shoe box and put the lid on.

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    Re: [Thoughts]- Automatic Movement storage... what's your practice?

    I just let them run down as well. Then when I'm changing watches I shake, wind, set date if necessary, and set the time.
    As someone else here mentioned, I think winders create unnecessary wear and as long as you're not leaving an automatic that has stopped, for years then it's help preserve the movement.

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    Re: [Thoughts]- Automatic Movement storage... what's your practice?

    I let them run down too. When want to wear it, I give it a shake, reset the date and off we go.
    Regards Cam

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    Re: [Thoughts]- Automatic Movement storage... what's your practice?

    I have an 8 winder..currently i have 4 autos so room for growth here. I have 3 day/date autos and it is annoying resetting them when they run down so I love the winder and enjoy being able to just put on whatever watch i want, anytime. I don't leave my winder on permanently, if I've worn a watch for the day, I'll put it back in the winder but will have the motor switched off for the next day or so. The B&M has a power reserve so I can monitor that one more closely. I also always have the winder moving in both directions, and knowing how slowly it winds my watches through looking at the B&Ms reserve, I dont think using this winder excessively winds or stresses my watches' movements

    There are watch winders that are more expensive than mine, who's winding motion is basically a short swift movement once every 10 mins. This single movement supposedly winds the watch a small amount, the amount that the movement needs to power it for another 10 mins until it repeats.

    cheers
    Last edited by mat_; September 8th, 2011 at 03:55. Reason: bad grammar!

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