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    Automatics and motorcycles

    Hey guys
    Just a quick question regarding automatic watches.
    Can riding motorcycles negatively affect automatic watches due to vibrations associated with motorcycling?

    I have one automatic Traser, which I don't wear while riding, however I'm looking to buy Seiko Alpinist as my everyday watch. During summer months I ride my bike whenever I can. I ride street bike, nothing off road.

    I'd appreciate answers from experts. Thanx

    I tried to find an answer using search engine, but could't

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    I ride street all summer, with an auto on, and have never had any issue. The biggest problem is that my autos are tall, so I have to wedge them under my jacket.

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    Re: Automatics and motorcycles

    Not sure about older Harleys. Most models vibrate quite a bit.

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    Re: Automatics and motorcycles

    Can it affect it? Sure, any vibration affects mechanical watches.

    Will it damage it permanently? Probably not, as motorcycles and mechanical watches existed decades before quartz watches and folks weren't exactly seeing their watches malfunction or fall apart because of it.
    Lots of dive watches.

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    Re: Automatics and motorcycles

    I imagine the worst that can happe is a changed accurancy. The Shock protection will take care of the vibrations.

    As Eric L points out, nothing happened in the past. And those bikes did vibrate a lot! Not like todays machines.
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    Re: Automatics and motorcycles

    I ride all year round and haven't noticed anything unusual in any of my watches. I don't wear them on my wrist though, I put them in a jacket pocket. I did notice recently at the end of December early/January that if it's real cold out, put the watch on an inside chest pocket. They don't seem to like the cold much!

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    Re: Automatics and motorcycles

    Enjoy your watches and your bike...





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    Re: Automatics and motorcycles

    Quote Originally Posted by Janne View Post
    Not sure about older Harleys. Most models vibrate quite a bit.
    Every Harley rider I see seems to be getting the crap shaken out of him at stop lights!

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    I'm asking only because I read it in one of the manuals. Not sure but I think this was Orient watch. Anyway, thanks for responding.

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    Re: Automatics and motorcycles

    I ride an Ultra Classic just about every day it's above freezing with my cheap Seiko automatic, and never had a problem. The Ultra Classic has the rubber mounted motor that shakes at idle, but it's smooth as a bike can be once you're moving. I wouldn't worry about it at all. My old ZG1000 Concours buzzes the bars pretty good, but not enough to damage a watch IMO.

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