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    Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    How often should I wind a watch?
    I have just purchased a watch from a store, and would assume that the watch has not been wound for a while.
    Is that really bad for the watch? What can I do to assure the performance and accuracy of the timepiece?

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    Re: Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    About once a month will do it.

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    Re: Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    About once a month will do it.
    Yep.
    Just as so the oils don't dry up, and clog the movement up!

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    Re: Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    I met a a guy at a local NAWCC meeting who professes to own 6000 watches, has his own personal watchmaker (who he said I should use), and has a woman come in two times a week to wind his watches. I liken her work to the guys that take a couple years to paint the entire length of the Golden Gate bridge. Once they've finished, they start again at the other side again.
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    Re: Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spit161 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Watchbreath View Post
    About once a month will do it.
    Yep.
    Just as so the oils don't dry up, and clog the movement up!

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    Jake.
    There is no need to wind a watch once a month or at any other regular interval. There is only one reason oil dries up, age. Whether running or not age will break down an oil.

    Why do people insist that there is some benefit to winding a watch once a month?
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    Re: Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrsnak View Post
    I met a a guy at a local NAWCC meeting who professes to own 6000 watches, has his own personal watchmaker (who he said I should use), and has a woman come in two times a week to wind his watches. I liken her work to the guys that take a couple years to paint the entire length of the Golden Gate bridge. Once they've finished, they start again at the other side again.
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    Re: Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    Quote Originally Posted by timwong View Post
    How often should I wind a watch?I have just purchased a watch from a store, and would assume that the watch has not been wound for a while.Is that really bad for the watch? What can I do to assure the performance and accuracy of the timepiece?Thanks
    It will not hurt the watch to store it not running. Contrary to a couple of urban rumors running the watch does not extend the life of the oil or keep it evenly distributed. Just run the watch when you want to wear it. Just like you only run the engine on your car when you want to drive.

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    Re: Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    It will not hurt the watch to store it not running. Contrary to a couple of urban rumors running the watch does not extend the life of the oil or keep it evenly distributed. Just run the watch when you want to wear it. Just like you only run the engine on your car when you want to drive.
    Your probably right. I have a big collection and try to wind them once a month-- but I know I'm being overly cautious. I have a number of watches I acquired as New Old Stock that, though brand new, were not wound or serviced for 20-30 years. Almost all ran fine.
    In fact, this Edox is probably over 30 years old. I got it in NOS condition-- never been opened or serviced-- and it's one of my most accurate watches: +1 to +2 sec./day.
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    That's a cool looking 1970's Edox.

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    Re: Is it bad if a watch is left non-running?

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    It will not hurt the watch to store it not running. Contrary to a couple of urban rumors running the watch does not extend the life of the oil or keep it evenly distributed. Just run the watch when you want to wear it. Just like you only run the engine on your car when you want to drive.
    Store an engine too long, and it won't fire up without work. That's why they suggest draining a car of all fluids before storing it for long periods of time.

    I've begun to worry about this now, as I don't have enough winder spots to keep everything going, and the watch that gets the least wear is my Jazzmaster, since it's rose gold and not appropriate everywhere (and it was my father's and I hate my father, but that's another story), so I haven't been going through the trouble of cycling it in and out of my winder. It's just been sitting there. I think the last time I wore it was a month ago.
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