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    How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    Hello,

    I have read many of the posts on how to properly wind a wind up watch (modern), and it seems there are as many opinions as there are members:

    1. Wind until you can't anymore, you can't hurt it unless you use plyers.
    2. Stop winding when you feel the slightest resistance or you will break the spring.
    3. Wind until you feel stronger resistance, but not beyond.
    4. Wind 26 turns a day

    And so on...

    So with all due respect to guys like me who simply like watches but have no training or knowledge about how and why they do what they do, I would appreciate it if members who have real knowledge on the subject answer this question. Include your credentials for gravitas if you wish. What I am trying to avoid is an opinion from every Tom, Dick, and Harry... like me... because as we all know opinions are like... well, you get it!

    So, experts please have your say and end these conflicting opinions once and for all.

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    Re: How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    I always wind up until it's stop turning. I do that all my manual watches including my 75 years old watch with a original barrel.
    My advice- buy a watch that pleases you. Don't let anyone judge or tell you what to wear. Good cheap and expensive watches are no different between them. Both still can tell the time.

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    Re: How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    You wind until there is strong resistance that tells you to stop winding. Some basic low-level resistance is fine, even stronger resistance is ok. But once watch is no longer winding - don't force it.
    Credentials - wound a lot of watches and have not broken any

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    Re: How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    Wind it until it stops, but don't try to force it. You may be able to hurt it by hand, but there's no reason to be cranking on it that hard.

    Pretend your pinky finger is a crown, grab the tip of it and twist. When it becomes unpleasant, that's more force than you should be using on the crown when winding.

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    I'm no expert but have had plenty of pocket watches. Like said above, a little resistance is fine but I usually stop there or a few turns after. What's the point in potentially harming the watch for what, an extra 20 or 30 minutes of run time?
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    Re: How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    I wind until I hear the mainspring snap. Then I send it in for service. On a more serious note, many if not most modern day watches come with mechanisms which prevent overwinding.

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    Re: How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    I have been winding watches since 1950 something so I don't see where the problem is . My problem is that so many of the watches that I like are automatic.

    What UnknownSekonda said.

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    Re: How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    After you've had a manual wind for a while you will know how many turns of the crown it takes to get a full wind.
    I wind my Nomos every morning at the same time, so I know it takes 16 turns of the crown.
    After about 13 turns I slow down and kind of ease up to the full wind position.

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    Re: How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    This thread won't get any new ways nor will a consensus be reached. Go back and reread all those old threads and pick a way.

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    Re: How to wind a wind up watch - let the experts have their say.

    Quote Originally Posted by John MS View Post
    This thread won't get any new ways nor will a consensus be reached. Go back and reread all those old threads and pick a way.

    ... and we have a winner! :)

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