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    Automatic watch - damage from vibrations and shocks in car

    Hello, I drive a lot in old car with bad suspension and you can feel every bump, also steering wheel has vibrations from car. I am worried if shocks from bumps and vibrations could damage automatic watch in long therm.

    I wouldnt be worried in new mercedes where you cant feel it, but in old car it is rellatively strong.

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    Re: Automatic watch - damage from vibrations and shocks in car

    No problem as long as the watch is on ones wrist and not bouncing around the interior.

    Motion will keep the rotor spinning and watch will be wound up and running.

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    Re: Automatic watch - damage from vibrations and shocks in car

    As yankeexpress says, driving isn't a problem, I would be more concerned with heavy blows such as hammering nails into wood, etc.
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    Re: Automatic watch - damage from vibrations and shocks in car

    Get a new car?
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    Re: Automatic watch - damage from vibrations and shocks in car

    Don't stress!

    I wear my vintage watches in my track car. When driven on a country road The suspension in that car will give you a digital read out of every imperfection in the road - in digital format - through the steering wheel. If you know your cars you'll know the significance of this, if not let's just say you feel every bump .... Hard (... haha that's what she said).

    Anyway all rubbish aside if the stiffness in the suspension of a track car does not impact on a watch's functioning a car with sagging suspension will have no issues.

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    Anything your body can endure is no problem for a watch. If your wrist isn't being shaken off don't worry about it. Don't forget, these oh-so-fragile mechanical watches were all anybody wore for many many years, like to the summit of Everest and stuff.

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    Re: Automatic watch - damage from vibrations and shocks in car

    Quote Originally Posted by kapybarus View Post
    Hello, I drive a lot in old car with bad suspension and you can feel every bump, also steering wheel has vibrations from car. I am worried if shocks from bumps and vibrations could damage automatic watch in long therm.
    I had a Ball Engineer II GMT (the 41mm model) that I used every weekend for extreme downhill mountain biking. Only after 2 years the power reserve short out faster than usual. They're hella durable as long as no direct bumps to the case.

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    Re: Automatic watch - damage from vibrations and shocks in car

    Quote Originally Posted by Camguy View Post
    Anything your body can endure is no problem for a watch. If your wrist isn't being shaken off don't worry about it. Don't forget, these oh-so-fragile mechanical watches were all anybody wore for many many years, like to the summit of Everest and stuff.
    Well Everest is basically a massive hike. There's 15metres, aka Hilary's step, which involves technical climbing. The rest is pretty much a tough hike

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    Re: Automatic watch - damage from vibrations and shocks in car

    Is it me or are some questions getting silly? I usually try to be accommodating to new members who want to learn - but seriously: can I wear a 300M diver to the shower? Can I drive w mechanical watch in an old car? Can I pick my nose while wearing a Patek?

    Mechanical watches have been used for a century now. Including by soldiers in the war. They can be worn in bumpy cars, while horse-riding, or even while running on treadmill.... The damage occurs when you fall from a bike, crash the car, get hit by the bus, etc - but then you have bigger concerns than wellbeing of the watch.
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    Don't tell anybody, but I've been known to golf and shoot while wearing my automatics!!

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