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    Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    Got a small problem. I bought my dad an automatic watch (Seiko SARB) recently for Father's Day. He loves it and wears it all the time as he's practically a one-watch guy.

    My problem is that he's not active enough to keep it automatically wound while wearing it. He spends a lot of time in his chair reading and web surfing. When he goes on walks, he puts on a Timex beater. He does wear the watch when he sleeps but that doesn't help. He was recently commenting that the watch will stop every couple of days and he has to hand wind it.

    Anybody have any suggestions? Should he treat it as a manual-wind and just give it 50 turns every morning? Or, should I get him an inexpensive watch winder and have him put it on the winder every night? Or are there any other suggestions?

    I'm a little stumped as to what to do.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    Intensive typing can get pretty tiring on your wrists after a while. If he's doing a lot of that, perhaps he should flick his wrists around to relax his muscles a bit and make the watch rotor move?

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    Re: Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    Wow, he must be very inactive while wearing it if it is not staying wound. Basic chores and tasks around the house, if nothing else, should be plenty to keep it running (cooking, eating, dishes, laundry, cleaning, etc). Hand-winding only takes a minute, so if he doesn't mind doing that every couple of days, that's probably the easiest solution. Easier than fiddling with a winder every time he takes it off and puts it back on, IMO.
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    Re: Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    When I had surgery I was in bed for a few weeks and wore my automatic. I gave it about 20 hand cranks every morning.
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    Re: Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by SaoDavi View Post
    he goes on walks, he puts on a Timex beater.
    So he does exactly one active thing and deliberately doesn't wear the watch when doing it? This seems like the obvious solution - just tell him to wear it when he goes out. If he's mostly a one-watch guy and "loves" this one it should be no problem. Even a 30 minute walk would probably be plenty to keep it wound.
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    Re: Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    I 'swirl' my automatics for a few minutes morning and evening, that keeps them going in my sedentary days.

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    Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    Huh? Not trying to doubt the OP but that seems very unlikely. Is it not fully wound to begin with?
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    Re: Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    I don't think this sounds right either. Even if he wasn't moving around much all day surely if he was surfing the Internet just the little movements of his wrist would be enough to give it some juice. Maybe you should borrow the watch for a day or two and and wear it and see if it works fine or if there could be a problem with it.
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    Re: Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kluber View Post
    Huh? Not trying to doubt the OP but that seems very unlikely. Is it not fully wound to begin with?
    Quote Originally Posted by ShaggyDog View Post
    I don't think this sounds right either.
    It's very possible. Heard several watchmakers mention that older inactive people don't move enough to keep a mechanical watch wound.

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    Re: Not active enough to keep automatic watch wound. What to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kluber View Post
    Huh? Not trying to doubt the OP but that seems very unlikely. Is it not fully wound to begin with?
    It's very likely. One of our GTG members retired this year and he made the same comment about his activity levels dropping off substantially. All of his watches stop unless he puts them on a winder at night or hand winds them which he doesn't like to do. Nor do I.





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