Question about manual winding and time setting

New to the forum here....I had a quick (hopefully not too silly) question about the proper order in terms of manually winding the watch and setting the time. I've read various accounts on other forums that it's important to fully wind the watch first before setting the time. Also have seen others comment that the order is irrelevant so you can set first and then proceed to wind.

Curious as to what the experts/owners here think. Thank you in advance!

it makes more sense to fully
10/29/2014 - 17:17

wind then set because if yur watch is down and you set it first it may not be indicating to the minute once you finish winding but all in all I'm not sure it really makes a difference which order you proceed in

Always Wind first, and then set the Time. Never set the time
10/30/2014 - 15:25

before winding.  When a watch is unwound, and you attempt to set the time, you run the risk of the components moving 'very quickly - very freely' and this might 'dislocate them'.  It might.  When you wind the watch, you create 'tension' in the spring an thus the movement, and so when you now attempt to wind, the components move at a 'safe pace' thereby protecting the movement.

Hope this helps.

Interesting KK, I've never heard this before.
10/31/2014 - 01:55

I don't know if I believe it yet.  The main spring comes under tension, but I don't think the rest the movement really comes under more tension than before.  The escapement and balance wheel are not in motion and therefore the rest of the movement is still dis-engaged?

BR, Dan

Dan I read this somewhere sometime back. Perhaps Alex
10/31/2014 - 05:37

can ask at VC and get back to us regarding this point.

the fact that the mainspring is wound or not will not have any effect on the gears
10/31/2014 - 09:47


Thanks for clarifying.
10/31/2014 - 11:53