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    Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    If I have multiple automatic watches is it okay to let them run down and remain idle and sit for a week or a longer period of time? I don't know that I want to go to the trouble and expense of having watch winders running all of my watches. Not sure which is better to keep them running or to let them wind down and activate them when needed. What's the best method for keeping them?

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    Re: Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    Why keep them running? Keep your watches in a well protected dry box. In no way does it affect the watch to leave it in a dormant state.
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    Re: Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    ??? let them wind down of course. When ready to wear, pick it up, wind it, set time and go.
    Heck I only got 2 wrists and 18 watches....
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    I have heard that if you leave a watch stopped for years then the lubricants can clump up and things stop working as well. On the other hand if you keep a watch going 24/7 it will wear more and require service more often.

    What I have gleaned is that you should try to wear all your watches at least once every few months but don't leave them all on winders unless you need any of them available at a moment's notice
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    Re: Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    This is why most of my watches are quartz
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    Re: Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    By remaining dormant is there an increase the time between service?

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    Re: Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    One might surmise with less use maintenance intervals would extend. It depends on a number of factors, lubrication, type of usage, even temperature / humidity will affect maintenance.
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    Re: Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    Proper way keep them on a winder adn service them every 5 years.

    What will happen if you don't?

    Not much, don't be alarmed

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    Re: Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    Let then wind down. The only watches that its handy to have a winder are complicated perpetual date watches which are hard to set. Modern watches don't have clumped lubricant issues, and if you wind a watch maybe once every few months they will last for years without service.

    Then you get into the debate of service a watch every 5 years or don't service a watch until it starts to run poorly. The cost of having decent watches serviced is pretty high and I'm sure the watch companies love it. I believe a standard Rolex is around $1000. My preference is to service a watch when it starts to lose or gain an unusual amount of time. YMMV

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    Re: Proper way to maintain multiple automatic watches

    If it’s not O.K. to let them run down I’m in BIG trouble because that’s just what I do with my autos when they aren’t on wrist duty

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