malte chronograph

Hi, I posted a message a few weeks ago about the malte chronograph I gaave my fiance.  The watch stopped after a day and I was advised he did not wind it enough on the inital use.  He has since wound the watch and it initially seemed to be fine. 

However, the watch stops after about 2 days even though he wears the watch every day.  I assumed that by wearing the watch every day the power reserve would have been been maintained.  Is there a problem with the watch?  Or does he need to wind the watch every morning to ensure the reserve is kept - which does not make snese since that would mean a watch winder would not serve any purpose for this watch...

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks

Re: malte chronograph
12/24/2007 - 03:56

You need to wind it everyday, i.e. every morning, to keep the power reserve full. That's the safest bet to keep the watch running all the time. Your fiance must be a happy guy!

Re: Re: malte chronograph
12/24/2007 - 04:04

Thanks for your response.  If you need to wind it every day, then is there any point in getting a watch winder?  i thought the watch winder would save you from having to wear the watch to keep the watch from stopping.  Thanks

Most winders are meant for automatic watches.
12/24/2007 - 05:55

Not for manual wind ones though I know there is a winder for one but you need to check.

Re: Re: Re: malte chronograph
12/24/2007 - 14:38

The Malte Chrono is a manual wind watch. Putting it on a standard winder will do nothing to it except make it turn

Manual watches must be hand wound regularly (usually same time every day) to maintain their power.

An "automatic" watch has a rotor which when it turns winds the mainspring. This turning takes place when you wear the watch (ie wrist movement) or on a winder.

There are winders for manual watches, however. They are very expensive. Orbita makes one. Its called the Sempre or something like that. You can check their website. (

With this type of winder the watch sits in a little saddle and there is a collet which fits onto the crown. The collet is connected to a shaft which is connected to a motor . When the motor turns, it turns the collet which winds the watch. The mechanism has a sensing device which measures the tension on the crown and mainspring to prevent overwinding.

However winding a watch manually is a pleasant experience even when you have several to wind and considerably cheaper too .

Best Wishes,


Re: Re: Re: Re: malte chronograph
12/24/2007 - 20:19

Rei & JB, thanks for your repsponses.  They were very helpful.  Happy holidays to you. 

The dealer had a sense of humor!
12/24/2007 - 22:09