Keeping your watches wound and working all the time

I just noticed on the VC website that recommended service intervals for manual and auto-wind watches is 4-5 years. What struck an interest was that VC also recommends all mechanical watches be kept wound and working at all times. There was no differentiation between complex and simple, or manual and automatic, watches. I know there has been a long debate over the years about whether it is better to put a watch on a winder or not. Is it better to keep them in motion, which causes more wear, or is it better to let them rest when not in use and risk the oils sitting stagnant and not properly keeping a watch lubricated? Does not keeping a watch running at all times extend the interval needed between servicing? I've never taken a side because I honestly don't know which is better. Is it possible for VC to share its findings and why it reccommends keeping watches wound all the time? BR, Dan
I made the above post from my mobile phone...
06/17/2009 - 09:58
and don't know why the paragraph spacing I included did not show up. Alex, is there any way for me to modify my own post to improve readability?
Keeping your watches runniing constantly even when not worn is not a
06/17/2009 - 12:00
good idea. It brings unnecessary wear and tear. If not wearing your watch just wind it (even if automatic) every 2-3 times a month just to keep the oils from drying. This also extends the service intervals. I've been doing this for at least the past 10 years and its been working fine! PS: no possibility of editing after posting
Re: Keeping your watches runniing constantly even when not worn is not a
06/17/2009 - 15:33

+1000 Alex i also use this tactic by my self with both kind of movements MW or SW and i never use a winding system for automatic watches vassilis

Re: Keeping your watches runniing constantly even when not worn is not a
06/17/2009 - 16:23
Thanks Alex, I don't have a watch winder either and just wind up whatever watch I'm going to wear that day.  Luckily my collection is small enough that winding every watch 2-3 times a month is easily covered. I was just curious why VC recommends keeping watches wound all the time and figured with their vast experience in servicing watches over a period of 254 years, maybe they have statistics or information that supports this recommendation and can be shared with us.  Not wanting to be skeptical, I hope the primary reason isn't to wear the watch down faster and thereby require more frequent servicing. BR, Dan
+1; alex is totally right (nt)
06/17/2009 - 19:52
nt
I only had trouble with this!
06/18/2009 - 02:21
In the first two years it was three (!) times in Geneva. That's because, I believe, I used it to and fro... Now it's been going for three years, missing + or - 1-2 s / 24 hours, that's because it's put on a winder daily! BTW I'm wearing it now, for the first time in some weeks, and I didn't have to put the time All my manuals I have at home, I wind at least once a week,  and try to wear them one day a month. Than I change with the watches in the bank vault,  and the same procedure. Manual watches are really no problem, but sometimes a mainspring breaks... Carpe Diem Doc