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    Best practice for automatics

    Hi everyone, I am trying to find the best way to store my automatic Rado as I only wear it very occasionally. Is it better to allow the watch to wind down fully to store it, or is it better to keep it wound up & pull the crown out to stop the watch, therefore keeping the main spring under tension. At the moment I allow it to wind down & stop on its own, then just give it quick wind-up before I wear it. Like I say, it doesn't get worn often enough to use a auto winder. Your thoughts would be appreciated. Cheers.

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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    yep...advise a gentle rocking motion (12to 6-6to12)to get it going then set time and wear.
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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    Let it wind down and stop on its own. Spring kept under constant tension via a pulled crown will result in the spring losing its integrity over time.

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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    Best practice for an automatic watch ? Simply take it off from your wrist and put it in the drawer.
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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    Watches are meant to be worn and wound down. Wind or wear once a month or two if possible.
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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    I just let mine wind down and stop. But I always either wear it once a month or wind it up once a month and let it run to keep the oils inside from sitting in one spot.
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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    So it is better to wind it up every now & then just to keep the oil/lubricants moving? Is it bad for the movement to leave it for long periods of inactivity as it can go months with any wrist time? I was under the impression it would last longer the less you use it! I'll make a point of winding it up every now & then from now on.

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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    just letting it wind down in your drawer is fine.
    if you don't want to wind/set your watch every time you wear it, get a watch winder.
    personally I have an orbita winder since I'm super lazy.
    it doesn't matter either way

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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    If you don't have an automatic perpetual calendar, then a watch winder is a waste.
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    just letting it wind down in your drawer is fine.
    if you don't want to wind/set your watch every time you wear it, get a watch winder.
    personally I have an orbita winder since I'm super lazy.
    it doesn't matter either way

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    Re: Best practice for automatics

    Wear it all the time and don't buy any other watches.
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