True or false?

Hi Guys,

Last night over dinner my friends and I had a conversation about watches in general. At one point one of my friends pointed out that 'automatic watches should be kept in automatic winder boxes to prevent it from mechanism damage...'

So far I have thought that automatic winder cases were supposed to keep the watches running and continue delivering accurate time (sort of  ready-to-wear-no-need-to-adjust-time thing). Do you think that intervals between wearing an automatic watch (when it completeley winds down) can be harmful to its mechanism? 

10/31/2007 - 11:59
10/31/2007 - 15:13
10/31/2007 - 17:16
Re: True or false?
10/31/2007 - 15:13

Radek,

Love that you're able to go to a dinner date and talk watches instead of sports or work. Wish I was there.

I don't believe that you need to keep your watches running continuously to prevent damage. Let's use the analogy of an automobile. If you start your car up and run it on the road every once in a while that will be enough to keep all the parts lubricated and prevent problems . Conversely,  by not running the car continuously, you are reducing the long term wear and tear on the machine. Watches are similar in workings and lubrication. I usually take all my watches out once every week or so and wind them. This is my opinion - I hope I'm not wrong!

Billy B.

Re: True or false?
10/31/2007 - 17:16

Hi Radek,

I do not think having the watch on a automatic timer helps beyond what you have already stated. That is, it keeps the watch on a ready to wear state. I have no evidence of this, its just my opinion.

I do feel that any watch, automatic or manual wind, should not just sit for long intervals of time. I try to either wear or at minimum wind my watches on a monthly basis just to keep the parts lubricated. Unfortunately I have nothing technical to support all this, its just what appears to me that this would be helpful and obviously cannot hurt.

John