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Best way to leave an automatic watch for several days?

Asked by robmandu (21285points) January 13th, 2008

Might sometimes go several days without wearing my automatic watch. Don’t want to wind it manually every (other) day. Nor do I care if I have to wind it and reset the date when I do get around to wearing it. Is it okay to let it wind down? Or must I invest in an automatic watch winding box? Or should I simply pull out the crown, leaving it wound up?

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tammy444's avatar

it does not hurt to rewind it but pulling out on the steam can help save on the battery

robmandu's avatar

@tammy, an automatic watch, by definition, does not have a battery. It’s powered “automatically” by the motion that comes from being worn… spins a flywheel inside the housing that winds a spring. Or you can wind it manually. Pulling out the crown in this case, would simply keep the energy reserve stored in whatever coil spring thingamabob does the job.

One aspect of my question is to find out if leaving the crown pulled out would be bad for that energy-storing coil spring thingamabob.

tammy444's avatar

sorry my bad,lol

robmandu's avatar

@tammy, no problemo here… btw, hope your haunted house works out for ya… we moved away from the couple we were in when I was a kid… and have been glad about it.

robmandu's avatar

Looks like I was able to find the answer to my own question over at Wikipedia… where it says -

A mechanical watch should be kept wound and running as much as possible to prevent its lubricants from congealing over time, which diminishes accuracy.

Well, my work for the day is done, I guess.

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