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    Question How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    I know the usual trick is to wind it 30-40 revs when the power reserve is completely drained but what if I want to wind the watch manually when there is still some power reserve left (no idea how much as none of my watches have PR indicator)?

    Any tips?
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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    You can´t overwind. To prevent overwinding a slipping clutch device is used on the mainspring so it cannot be overwound.

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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    Turn the crown. You can't overwind an automatic as they have slip mechanisms built in.

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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    Thanks, never knew that before.
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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    Quote Originally Posted by skyrider007 View Post
    Thanks, never knew that before.
    Think about it this way: If it were possible to overwind, it would overwind on its own since it is constantly winding while on your wrist.

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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    Quote Originally Posted by RJRJRJ View Post
    Think about it this way: If it were possible to overwind, it would overwind on its own since it is constantly winding while on your wrist.
    True . I've been fed with "don't overwind the watch" by my grandpa when he once asked me to help him wind his hand-wound VC. That's why I've always been terrified about "overwinding" my automatics.
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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    I always wind it until the second hand starts moving and then slap it on since I am ALWAYS running late in the morning.

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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    You can however overwind a hand wind. Just stop as soon as you feel any resistance, like a clock. Some clocks that use a big keys are easy to overwind because people just crank on them. With a watch that uses such a relatively small crown it is easy to feel when to stop. Then if you count you can have a good idea of when to stop so you dont have to always wind it to the max.

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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Hall View Post
    I always wind it until the second hand starts moving and then slap it on since I am ALWAYS running late in the morning.
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    Re: How do I manually wind my automatic watch safely without overwinding (damaging) it?

    Quote Originally Posted by skyrider007 View Post
    I know the usual trick is to wind it 30-40 revs when the power reserve is completely drained but what if I want to wind the watch manually when there is still some power reserve left (no idea how much as none of my watches have PR indicator)?

    Any tips?

    Sure you can handwind it without damage, but why if it has an automatic winding rotor?

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