Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

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    Question Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    What is the correct or besy way to store or display a mechanical auto winding watch? (Not in a winder)

    Should you allow it to unwind and stop running?

    Should you pull the crown out to stop the function?

    If you pull the crown out of a self winding auto will it retain spring tension and if so for how long and is this bad for the watch?

    Just a few questions I had running through my mind. Any input is welcome.

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    Re: Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    I just let them run down.

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    Re: Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    Quote Originally Posted by kulp01 View Post
    What is the correct or besy way to store or display a mechanical auto winding watch? (Not in a winder)
    Not in a trash compactor - not underwater - not in a jar of jam....

    Okay, find a place they won't get accidentally damaged and lay them flat. If you keep them out of direct sunlight all the better.

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    Should you allow it to unwind and stop running?
    Sure, no worries. Just wind the ones you don't wear often once every couple of months.


    Quote Originally Posted by kulp01 View Post
    Should you pull the crown out to stop the function?
    No, not on a mechanical. On a quartz it could save the battery depending on if the movement has this feature or not.

    Quote Originally Posted by kulp01 View Post
    If you pull the crown out of a self winding auto will it retain spring tension and if so for how long and is this bad for the watch?
    I don't know about modern springs, but old ones did get "tired". No matter how good an alloy is nowadays I'd still let it wind down instead.

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    Re: Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    Quote Originally Posted by kulp01 View Post
    What is the correct or best way to store or display a mechanical auto winding watch? (Not in a winder)


    Should you allow it to unwind and stop running?
    Yes, why not

    Should you pull the crown out to stop the function?
    Why that ? Never ever did that with one of my watches and all are running well since decades.
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    Re: Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    What is the correct or besy way to store or display a mechanical auto winding watch? (Not in a winder)
    Store it in an attractive leather watch case on a watch pillow to minimize the scratches from storage.

    Should you allow it to unwind and stop running?
    Should you pull the crown out to stop the function?
    Just let it run down. Keping the watch running when you are not using it is sort of like leaving the engine running on your car. Serves no purpose.

    If you pull the crown out of a self winding auto will it retain spring tension and if so for how long and is this bad for the watch?
    Actually if you left the watch in a pepetually wound state for quite a while the spring could take a set and become less strong.

    Welcome to Watchuseek!! Great questions.

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    Re: Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    me like


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    Re: Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    probably safest to just let it run down.
    the official canadian time: http://time5.nrc.ca/webclock_e.shtml

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    Re: Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    man! that is one serious watch addiction stuffler mike lol

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    Re: Automatic Watches.. A few ?'s

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    Very impressive collection!!!


    Thanks to everyone for your input.
    Chris
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