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    "Unwinding" a manually wound watch...

    Hey guys, so I just received my Marine Original and turned the crown in the wrong direction when the watch was fully unwound and the crown was pulled in winding position (don't ask me why, it's a first in a life time). I realized my mistake quickly and probably gave the crown a full turn at best (or worst) before I stop. Can it cause any damage or stress on the mainspring? I properly wound the watch after that and it appears to be working normally as if nothing happened.

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    Re: "Unwinding" a manually wound watch...

    That won't hurt anything. Lots of people routinely wind the crown back and forth when they wind a manual movement. In other words winding the crown counterclockwise does no harm.

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    Turning in the"wrong" direction does nothing bad. What you have to care about is not overwinding the watch.

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    Re: "Unwinding" a manually wound watch...

    This makes me wonder why manuals don't have a "clutch" mechanism, similar to automatics, to prevent overwinding.

    And also why there is no "Manual Wind Watches" subforum. Hell, there's one for 24 hour dials....
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    Re: "Unwinding" a manually wound watch...

    The Unitas base movement, and most other manual wind movements, ratcheting mechanisms so they only engaged the main spring when the crown is turned in a single direction. This same ratchetng mechanism keeps the main spring from unwinding when the crown is turned in the opposite direction.

    The key is to not wind the crown clockwise past the point you feel resistance.

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    Re: "Unwinding" a manually wound watch...

    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    This makes me wonder why manuals don't have a "clutch" mechanism, similar to automatics, to prevent overwinding.
    I have owned a number of watches with manual movements from different brands, and there is always noticeable resistance when you hit the point where the watch is fully wound. I have always thought it was clear when to stop. Maybe people are concerned about long-term wear and tear from that last half-turn of the crown, where you hit the limit?

    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    And also why there is no "Manual Wind Watches" subforum. Hell, there's one for 24 hour dials....
    This is not a bad idea. I strongly prefer manual wind watches.

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    Re: "Unwinding" a manually wound watch...

    Quote Originally Posted by Recoil Rob View Post
    And also why there is no "Manual Wind Watches" subforum. Hell, there's one for 24 hour dials....
    +1 for a sub forum based on this.

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    Re: "Unwinding" a manually wound watch...

    Thanks guys for all the imput. I wasn't expecting so much! I have owned an Antea KS for quite some time now and I am comfortable as far as proper winding goes (not overdoing it). "Winding" counterclockwise and its lack of effect is the part that I missed as I have instinctively never done it prior to yesterday.

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