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    Maintaining a small watch collection...

    My watch collection has been slowly growing over the year to the point that I am rotating through 4 watches and looking to add a 5th and 6th by the end of the year. The dilemma I have, which is only going to get worse with more watches, is what is the most efficient way of maintaining these watches?

    As a bit of background I wear watches to suit what I am wearing/doing for the day so a set weekly rotation does not work for me. I like to mix it up. I would like to pick up a watch and wear it immediately without having to set the date/time. One way of achieving this is to daily hand wind them or give them a shake to keep the power levels up. But I am afraid of wearing out the watch internals more quickly without the benefit of actually wearing the watch.

    So a long question short - is continually keeping the watch power reserve up even when I'm not going to be wearing it that day bad for a watch? And should I just accept that I will have to wind the watch to the correct time each time I grab one from my collection if I haven't worn it in a few days? Lets ignore watch winders for the time being as that's a whole other kettle of fish.

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    Re: Maintaining a small watch collection...

    Watches are designed and built to run....whether on the wrist or not.

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    Re: Maintaining a small watch collection...

    I keep my 2 autos on a winder and the quartz watches are always ready. Date gets tricky unless you have perpetual calendars in them. I really don't mind winding my no date snow flake watch when ready to wear it and the other is a triple date moon phase so I keep it running always. Since the winder is a 2 watch model I let them both stay wound. Sounds like you need at least a 4 watch winder bud.

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    Re: Maintaining a small watch collection...

    A member here attaches watches to his dogs to keep them wound. To each his own haha.
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    Re: Maintaining a small watch collection...

    Quote Originally Posted by Crunchy View Post
    A member here attaches watches to his dogs to keep them wound. To each his own haha.
    Wow people sure are getting creative nowadays :P

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    Re: Maintaining a small watch collection...

    There is no right or wrong, do what you enjoy. Watches are built to run so running them is normal. On the other hand, not running them would probably lead to less mechanical wear and perhaps, depending on the movement, theoretically longer service intervals. In the end, I would do whatever puts a smile on your face.
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    Very commonly asked question here. Either way is fine but has its pros and cons.
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    Re: Maintaining a small watch collection...

    Cheers guys. Figured it was one of those tough questions with no obvious best answer but wanted to draw upon the collective experience of this forum in case I missed something during my searches.

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    Re: Maintaining a small watch collection...

    Ahh....you reached 5. Cute. Come back when you'll be juggling 40-50 pcs :)

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