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    can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    Hello,

    I'm looking to buy an Airman Automatic with date . Love the blued hands!

    I was on their website, and the only information they really supply there is the dimensions of the case.

    My two questions:

    1)Can the automatic also be handwound? (if the watch reserve runs out, i like to handwind my omega and breitling before putting it on my wrist )

    2)What is the power reserve assuming the watch is fully wound? (maybe 42 hours, like my other autos?)

    If this is already been covered, feel free to link me to the thread, as I wasnt able to find this info in my search.

    :thanks
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    Re: can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    1)Can the automatic also be handwound? (if the watch reserve runs out, i like to handwind my omega and breitling before putting it on my wrist )
    YES.
    2)What is the power reserve assuming the watch is fully wound? (maybe 42 h)
    As all ETA 2824-2. 40 - 42h.

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    Re: can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    Thanks, Mike! Those were my suspicions, I just wanted to confirm!

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    Re: can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    Quote Originally Posted by stuffler,mike View Post
    As all ETA 2824-2. 40 - 42h.
    In the little instructions, that my Marine Automatic did contain there it says: ETA 2824-2 minimum 45h

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    Re: can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    Quote Originally Posted by glh View Post
    In the little instructions, that my Marine Automatic did contain there it says: ETA 2824-2 minimum 45h
    Meistersinger: 48
    Mido: 38
    Almanus: 50
    Fortis: 49
    Kadloo: 42
    Aviator: 42
    Junkers: 38

    40-42 as average should be ok.

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    Re: can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    Hi Mike,

    I was told that it is not so 'good' to handwound an automatic watch everyday, since the movement was not designed to do so, which might lead to accelerated damage....

    Is it correct?

    Thank you.
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    Hart

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    Re: can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    Won't hurt the watch at all to hand wind each morning, as long as you are careful not to over wind - stop when you feel tension on the crown. But for practical purposes if you're wearing it every day there's no reason to hand wind. It's always best to let your wrist do the winding with an automatic. But if you are like me (and many others here), you wear your watch in rotation. That means it may stop between sessions. So of course it should receive a hand-wind when you reset it. I usually just give my autos 15 or so turns, rarely go more than that as daily wear will do a good job.
    Randy

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    Re: can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    It was my understanding the manually winding an automatic watch can wear out the clutch mechanism, but I could be wrong.

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    Re: can Airman Automatic also be handwound?

    You cannot overwind a automatic watch. That's why the cluth is used and by the way was the needed breakthrough for the automatic watch.

    This also means if your watch is fully wound and the rotor turns this clutch becomes active - so again why should activating this clutch by handwinding do any harm.

    Give your watch some turns for starting and than just set and forget while wearing.

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