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    The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    I own three watches. I have a Seiko SRP481(Baby Ice Monster) a Glycine Combat Sub, and a Bulova Precisionist. So two of the three are automatics, with one being way more valuable than the other. I've grown to have an actual ton of anxiety about over wearing the Glycine over the Seiko in fear of exerting the more expensive movement inside. I know it's inevitable that every automatic watch will need to be serviced eventually, but is there a practical way to even give my watches a break? I tried wearing the Glycine only on weekends, but when I take off the Seiko Friday nights it's still running Sunday morning, and the Glycine will run well into Tuesday, sitting in the watch box. So a weekend watch isn't a viable solution.

    Am I over thinking this? Do I really even have to worry about my watches not getting "breaks"? I know a lot of enthusiasts have way more then two automatics, so their stuff gets way more of a rest period between wears. I couldn't imagine switching them out every other day - they'd never stop running!

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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    Put it this way. I’ve worn a mechanical watch for the last 58 years and never yet broken one. Of course, if you are worried about your watches invest in a G Shock.
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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    A whole lot of worry about nothing.
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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    Watches are designed to be tough, durable items.

    If not, they would not last a week, and they typically last a lifetime or more.

    Don't obsess over non-issues and enjoy wearing them. They were designed to be worn and used.
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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    Quote Originally Posted by SeizeTheMeans View Post
    Am I over thinking this?
    Totally. Mechanical watches need a service when the lubrication dries out. So in the first five years or so you can wear them daily or let them rest as you like. Just enjoy them and worry about the service when it's time for it.

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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    From what I have read, automatic watches movements are designed to run continuously. Problems occur when the lubricants solidify or the watch is not serviced within the manufacturer's recommended service intervals.
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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    Let me re-frame this for you: You bought a watch called a "Combat Sub" but are afraid it can't even handle ticking away safely inside your watch box.

    Wear the damn thing. It'll be fine.
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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    You might as well park or sell your car and start walking or taking the bus to everywhere.

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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    I've always felt the majority of people (especially back in the day) never pay attention to service intervals and only serviced a watch when something is not working properly. That was the case with my father who was born in the 30's and wore mechanical watches his whole life (the "if it ain't broke, don't fix it" mentality). That said if you have a highly prized watch that you feel should be rested, I would extend the wrist time of the others to allow for it. If it were it mine I would have no problem letting it run continuously.

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    Re: The anxiety of automatics and their movements.

    Quote Originally Posted by SeizeTheMeans View Post
    Am I over thinking this?
    You are, don’t worry and enjoy what you got.
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