Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

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    Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    I'm still quite new to mechanical watches, having owned a single Swatch irony for several years. Since discovering mechanical watches via this forum i've now purchased 3 in the last 12 months. A Steinhart Marine Chrono II, A Seiko SKX007 and an Orient Mako XL.

    My question is, since i can't wear my watches all at once (if only), how do i keep power in them all, and do i have to? Is there any harm to the watch if i let it run to a stop for a while, while it's not getting any wrist time?

    Sorry if this has been raised in another thread, but as i said, i'm still fairly new to this.

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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    No problem. Although it does feel "right" to me to keep them running, so I know why you are asking.
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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    No harm. I'm guess I'm a bit like OrangeSport. It's taken me a while to get used to that concept.

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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    I have heard that you should wind them periodically if storing for long periods.

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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    Have you thought about buying an automatic watch winder?

    Rothenschild Accessories RS-754-4 B Watch Winder For 4 Watches Cherry: Amazon.co.uk: Watches

    There are cheaper ones out there than this one though.

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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    There is the possibility of a black hole developing and all matter within 200 kilometers could be sucked into nothingness.

    Apologies, I couldn't stop myself.
    No. It is a machine; like an automobile (sort of), there are no issues with running/stopping/running.

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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    Quote Originally Posted by huntershooter View Post
    There is the possibility of a black hole developing and all matter within 200 kilometers could be sucked into nothingness.
    This hardly ever happens.

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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    Quote Originally Posted by dbakiva View Post
    This hardly ever happens.
    Unfortunately, it happened to me once. I lost my cat, a television and package of new socks.
    "Oh, nice. So now we're quoting other people to sound deep." -alx007

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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    ... and because I should try once in a while to be helpful:

    It will not harm your watch to let it run down. It is probably a good idea to wind it every once in a while if you don't wear it. Not every day necessarily, or even every week, but if you don't wear it for months at a time, might just be good to wind it once in a while, rather than sit for a year. I have one mechanical I wear only a few times a year and once in a while I'll pass by my watchbox and wind it. But I don't worry about it. I'm awaiting delivery of another handwound (or handaufzug, as it is German).

    It's probably not a good idea to leave it in your drawer for years, though I don't get the sense that is a likelihood for you. Basically, you just don't have to worry about it. If it's an automatic with a date, or day-date, or more, then it becomes more of an issue to set everything when you put it on, but you're not doing harm.

    And not that you asked, but winders for automatics are nice, but a convenience rather than a necessity. And sometimes it's more of an issue of "cool" than even convenience.

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    Re: Is there any harm if mechanical watches run out of power?

    Quote Originally Posted by brandon\ View Post
    Unfortunately, it happened to me once. I lost my cat, a television and package of new socks.
    Oh, THAT'S where those damn socks came from! Sorry I didn't find your cat.
    Just lost my own, by the way. Hey, maybe you've got something!

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