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    Question about automatic watches

    For watches with the common movements (Eta 2824, Seiko, Orient etc.), is it better for the longevity of the watch to wear it every other day (to save the trouble of adjusting time)?

    Put it this way: If I wear a watch every other month, does that mean the watch will last almost twice as long vs. wearing it every month? Is it better for an automatic watch for sit around not moving, or leave it on a watch winder?

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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    leaving it a watch winder will wear it out needlessly lol

    You will need a service regardless of use at a certain date in the future anyway , just wear it how you want, when you want :)
    Is it that difficult/time consuming to pick up, reset time and date as required and wear it anyway if you leave it to run down?

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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    Oh, the eternal question.

    In before snotty "the search function could show you a trillion threads asking the same question" response.

    The ultimate answer is - do whatever you think is right. If a watch is going to sit unworn for years, then yes, have it wound once in a while so that the ever-dreaded lube clumping is avoided. Watch winders are fine, and help to show off that beloved collection you're proud of. But then many will steam in to say that thier Ghostbuster-approved PKE meters detect abnormal levels of interference being generated by the watch winder, which will obviously melt your watch in no time. Oh noes!

    Every other month? You're fine to let it sit unwound for that amount of time. Unless you like kool-aid.
    Last edited by CADstraps; October 4th, 2012 at 21:01.
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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    Many many other threads on this and closely related topics. The short answer is that you could wear a watch with an automatic winding movement every day and it would last a lifetime IF you kept up with the maintenance. That basic rule aplies to common, uncommon, expensive, inexpensive, simple and complex movements from modern watch companies. With modern lubricants there is no need to keep the movement running. Just use it when needed.

    Watch winders serve mostly to satisfy the need to accumulate watch related gadgets. For the very few truly complex watches they can be useful.
    Last edited by John MS; October 4th, 2012 at 21:07.

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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    I have a "similar" question, i have a few automatic watches, i use every one of then in a regular bases, normally my watches are moving for 3 days and resting for 4 days (not for months), do you guys thing it is ok to their health or i would need a watch winder?

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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    nooo, just leave them and carry on doing what you're doing :)

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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    The longevity of movements is apparently non-linear, that is to say, some parts of the watch (oils, rubber gaskets) experience meaningful wear with or without the wearer. That said, yes, a watch sitting in a box for 5 years will need a service less than the watch that has been worn every day for 5 years, all things being equal.
    Last edited by CitizenM; October 4th, 2012 at 23:25. Reason: typo

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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    ^^ But a watch that is worn only periodically, say once a month or so, or one that is wound every few weeks or month ... wouldn't that watch require service less frequently?
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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    Quote Originally Posted by dbakiva View Post
    ^^ But a watch that is worn only periodically, say once a month or so, or one that is wound every few weeks or month ... wouldn't that watch require service less frequently?
    Ordinarily yes. Actually, a lot of nice watches come with instructions that say to wind the watch all the way up once ever 6 months to a year and let it run down if you just want to keep it as a collectible or something.

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    Re: Question about automatic watches

    Quote Originally Posted by CitizenM View Post
    The longevity of movements is apparently non-linear, that is to say, some parts of the watch (oils, rubber gaskets) experience meaningful wear with or without the wearer. That said, yes, a watch sitting in a box for 5 years will need a service less than the watch that has been worn every day for 5 years, all things being equal.
    Not really.

    The degradation of the oil happens so slowing in a watch that the age limits is reached long before metal particle accumulation make changing the oil necessary.

    Modern synthentic oils can last up to ten years natural oils (petroleum based) last about five to six years, best have it looked after at that time, regardless if it has sat idle in a safe or worn the whole time.....
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