How To Take Care a Automatic Watch?
Congratulations! You bought a mechanical watch, which is more than a timekeeping device. We would like to share with you a few tips to keep your mechanical timepieces working for generations to come.
Winding the watch
The basic architecture of almost every mechanical watch for the past three centuries is the same, proving what a truly ingenious and efficient machine it is. Unlike a quartz watch, a mechanical timepiece doesn’t get its energy from a battery. Instead, the power that drives the hands around the dial, and the additional complications like a date function, a moonphase or a chronograph, comes from the unwinding of a tightly coiled flat spring. Mechanical watches come with either the hand-wind or self-wind movement; sometimes it comes with both.
There are a few steps to follow when you hand-wind your watch.
- Wind the watch off your wrist to minimize stress on the winding stem.
- Don’t overwind. Stop when you feel resistance, or else you will break the spring.
- Make a habit of winding your watch everyday before you strap it on. If it’s an automatic, just strap it on.
Mortal enemies of a mechanical watch
Ingersoll The Vamp
The three biggest enemies of a fine mechanical timepiece are moisture, shock and magnetism. While most of the modern movements have components resistant to these three factors, it is not recommended to bring your Heirloom watch to golfing or your daily swim.
How often should you service your watch?
Ingersoll The Smith
Like any car, mechanical watches need regular cleanings and oil changes to continue running effectively. Most sources recommend between 2-7 years for regular mechanical watch maintenance. -3watches