Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

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    Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    I just got a new watch with an ETA 2824-2 automatic movement in it.

    If I decided not to wear it for a few days, and I don't want to stop, how many times would I have to wind it in each morning to be sure it ran for a full 24 hours or so? I don't have a watch winder, so I would either have to manually wind the watch, or swirl it to get the rotor to spin.


    P.S. Just out of curiosity, how many full rotations of the rotor is equal to one full rotation of the crown?

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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    Please, don't spin the watch to wind it.

    It will be probably be fully wound with 30-40 turns.

    Good Luck!!!
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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    The 2824-2 has a clutch mechanism that will cause an audible tick-tick-tick when the watch is fully wound. With my Glycine [my best watch] it usually takes no more than 10-12 turns of the crown to last another 24 hours [note that 1 turn with my fingers may equal 2 or 3 actual 360-degree turns of the crown]. In short, listen for the slipping of the clutch...
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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    Have you considered buying a winder? You can get some by MTE or Eilux for a smaller amount of money than say Orbita. The single battery ones are quite good, and a battery lasts a few months.

    I rang Omega and asked about manually winding and they advised not to. It might be different for you, because my watch has crown which you push and screw down. They said that it won't do the threads much good. I have never felt comfortable about manually winding autos, but this may be down to ignorance on my part.

    A good thing about a winder is that when you get that voice saying that you can't be a one child (Watch) family, you have one taken care of.

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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    I just added another Wolf Winder. Apparently they made some cosmetic changes and the old model winders are like 40-50% of the former retail price.
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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    Quote Originally Posted by scottw44 View Post
    Please, don't spin the watch to wind it.

    It will be probably be fully wound with 30-40 turns.

    Good Luck!!!

    Why shouldn't I spin it?

    Oh, it's a Stowa Marine Auto.
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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spaceman Spiff View Post
    Why shouldn't I spin it?

    Oh, it's a Stowa Marine Auto.
    My grandfather when he was alive was a watchmaker. I am sure today's movements and fittings are exceedingly more robust than in his day, but it seems to me that this is less than ideal for the movement, and he had always advised against such an approach.

    I will defer to the many more knowledgable than me for the specifics.

    Have a nice day
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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    Quote Originally Posted by scottw44 View Post
    My grandfather when he was alive was a watchmaker. I am sure today's movements and fittings are exceedingly more robust than in his day, but it seems to me that this is less than ideal for the movement, and he had always advised against such an approach.

    I will defer to the many more knowledgable than me for the specifics.

    Have a nice day

    the watch is a tiny engine. Robust yes. But imagine putting your car on a lift and shaking it left to right, up and down. Might survive it, might not. Why take the chance, certainly not make it a ritual.

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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Spaceman Spiff View Post
    Why shouldn't I spin it?

    Oh, it's a Stowa Marine Auto.

    I'm certainly no expert on reasons why one would not spin the rotor completely around; however, you've got to ask yourself...

    ...if it was meant to be wound in that manner, wouldn't automatic watch winders spin completely around?!

    They don't!
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    Re: Keeping an ETA 2824-2 running on days I don't wear it?

    the seiko 7s26-36 is made to spin since its a non winding movement. the eta is designed to be wound, so there should be no problem with winding it every other day. But as others have said, if you need it to run all the time, an inexpensive winder is is the best option.

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