Also known as a self-winding watch, an Automatic Watch is a mechanical timepiece in which the natural motion of the wearer provides energy to run the watch, making manual winding unnecessary.
How to wind an automatic watch:
WEAR IT DAILY OR TURN THE CROWN
To wind your watch by wearing it, follow these steps:
- Wear your watch carefully.
- Gently move your wrists until you see the watch’s hands moving again.
- Make the necessary date and time adjustments, if needed.
But what if you do not wear or use your watch after a period of time? If it is within 48 hours, it will not instantly die. But eventually, it will. When this happens, you can turn its crown to wind it before setting up the time and date. Thus, turning the crown is another winding mechanism you can use.
Follow these steps when winding your watch by turning its crown.
- Manual Winding: Position the crown to 0 and then rotate it clockwise. Turn it approximately 30-40 times or until the second hand starts moving in order to fully wind the watch.
USE A WATCH WINDER
A watch winder is a device that keeps automatic watches wound even if they are not being used by imitating a human arm’s movements. Depending on the brand, it usually ranges from $50 - $500.
If you think using a watch winder is more convenient, then take note of the following:
- Choose the kind of winder box you need.
- If you are a collector, determine the number of watches that you must wind.
- Decide the winder’s rotation direction.
As a rookie, winding your automatic watch may sound too overwhelming for you. However, once you master how to do it like a pro, it is a task that you can easily ace.