|If you’ve ever wondered about the advantages of wearing an automatic watch, then read on. Afterwards, look through our selection to find one that suits your lifestyle.Why automatic?
An “automatic” wristwatch is a mechanical wristwatch with a self-winding mechanism. In other words, one does not have to wind the crown periodically to keep the watch running. A “manual” or “manual wind” mechanical watch must be wound by hand, approximately every day, to operate continuously (an average 40-44 hour power reserve). Quartz watches are accurate and powered by batteries which will need to be changed every 1 to 2 years, but the mechanism will eventually corrode. A regularly serviced automatic watch (every 2-5 years) will last for generations, and it’s preferred by many because it possesses an heirloom quality that can be enjoyed for a lifetime.If you were going to own only a single watch, and wear it every day, an automatic would be a good choice, since the watch will be worn consistently enough to stay wound. You wouldn’t need to manually wind the watch and would only need to adjust the time to compensate for drift and changeover to daylight/summer time and back. If you have more than one automatic watch that you wear regularly, then you will want to acquire an appropriate number of watchwinders to keep them fully wound and ready to wear.
How does it work?
You cannot overwind an automatic watch if it is in good working condition and properly serviced. In a typical system, the mainspring, which is wound at the central arbor of the barrel, is not rigidly attached to the outside of the barrel. Instead, there are a series of detents along the outer edge of the barrel that allow a stiffly constructed “clutch-like device” called the bridle to allow the mainspring to slip inside the main barrel when this spring is wound to maximum. On some watches, a faint click can be heard when this happens; on others, it cannot be heard. This overwind protection is critical to avoid damage to the watch.
Automatic – in a minute
A good way to keep the inner mechanism of your watch consistently well-oiled is to give the crown a couple of turns every morning. If your watch is new, simply hold your watch face up and “swirl” it around in the same motion with which you would swirl brandy in a snifter. Do this for 1-2 minutes and the watch will accumulate a couple of hours worth of power reserve. When you wear your watch, you’ll complete the winding to build up the rest of the power reserve. If you wind the watch then wear it all day, you should have a full power reserve at bed time.
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