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    Just Got My First Automatic (Marine Auto) -- How to Properly Wind?

    I just received my first automatic watch a few hours ago, which is the Stowa Marine Automatic with the basic ETA 2824 movement. The watch of course was stopped when I received it and I set the date and minute hand and started wearing it. The watch has not kept good time so far and keeps falling behind by several minutes over the span of a few hours.

    I've searched online but have found all sorts of conflicting information.

    How do you manually wind this watch to get it started? Which crown position and which direction (counterclockwise or clockwise) to wind? The instruction manual does not say, and I do not want to damage anything. And yes, I understand that manually winding an automatic watch is not good to do often. Thanks!
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    Re: Just Got My First Automatic (Marine Auto) -- How to Properly Wind?

    There ist no day and date to set. The ETA 2824-2 only has a date whell. Howev that may be, wind it 20/25 times clockwise and wear it the whole day. Should give it the necessary power reserve.
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    Re: Just Got My First Automatic (Marine Auto) -- How to Properly Wind?

    To wind a 2824-2 the crown should be fully in. Wind it by turning the crown clockwise. Approx 50 turns should wind the movement fully. If the watch is off by several minutes after a few hours something is wrong. A 2824-2 keeps good time right up till the movement is fully unwound. It might have gotten bounced around pretty hard during shipping.
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    Re: Just Got My First Automatic (Marine Auto) -- How to Properly Wind?

    It doesn't seem to want to turn clockwise (although I haven't really forced it). I can turn it counterclockwise with no resistance whatsoever. Does it really take some effort to turn it clockwise?

    Mike-- that was a typo regarding day and date; I edited the post.

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    Er, not really. There is a "springy" resistance to winding, but nothing that inherently feels like a "block" or breaking-point. Very, very similar to, well, handling a spring. Turning the crown counterclockwise doesn't really do anything to the power reserve, because it sort of free-wheels (no resistance, as you said).
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    Re: Just Got My First Automatic (Marine Auto) -- How to Properly Wind?

    Quote Originally Posted by 7004 View Post
    It doesn't seem to want to turn clockwise (although I haven't really forced it). I can turn it counterclockwise with no resistance whatsoever. Does it really take some effort to turn it clockwise?

    Mike-- that was a typo regarding day and date; I edited the post.
    Congrats on the watch! There will be some resistance when rotating clockwise, but it shouldn't require much effort to turn it.
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    Re: Just Got My First Automatic (Marine Auto) -- How to Properly Wind?

    Quote Originally Posted by X2-Elijah View Post
    Er, not really. There is a "springy" resistance to winding, but nothing that inherently feels like a "block" or breaking-point. Very, very similar to, well, handling a spring. Turning the crown counterclockwise doesn't really do anything to the power reserve, because it sort of free-wheels (no resistance, as you said).
    You're right, it just seemed like so much more resistance compared to turning it counterclockwise that something seemed wrong about doing it. I just turned it 20 times clockwise and heard the gear sound to know that it worked. That was easy! Just didn't want to damage anything.
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    Re: Just Got My First Automatic (Marine Auto) -- How to Properly Wind?

    Quote Originally Posted by Up-n-coming View Post
    To wind a 2824-2 the crown should be fully in. Wind it by turning the crown clockwise. Approx 50 turns should wind the movement fully. If the watch is off by several minutes after a few hours something is wrong. A 2824-2 keeps good time right up till the movement in fully unwound. It might have gotten bounced around pretty hard during shipping.
    Hopefully it's just that. The watch somehow made it from Engelsbrand to Wisconsin in about 27 hours, so it was moving pretty quick! Amazing!
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    Re: Just Got My First Automatic (Marine Auto) -- How to Properly Wind?

    needs some obligatory pics :)

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    i was also surprised how quickly my watch arrived. They shipped it on a Wednesday, and it was at my door Friday morning on the east coast.

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