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Winding Automatic Watches

How Automatic Watches Work

At the heart of an automatic watch is a self-winding movement. This mechanism includes a rotor, a semi-circular weight typically made of metal, which is connected to the movement. As the wearer moves their wrist, the rotor spins, winding the mainspring—a tightly coiled spring responsible for storing and releasing energy. This ingenious design eliminates the need for manual winding or frequent battery replacements.

The Challenge of Inactivity:

However, despite their innovative design, automatic watches face a unique challenge: inactivity. If left unworn for an extended period, the mainspring may fully unwind, causing the watch to stop. This is a common issue faced by automatic watch enthusiasts who own multiple timepieces or those who alternate between their watches.

Reviving the Stopped Watch:

The good news is that reviving a stopped automatic watch is a straightforward process. Whether the watch has stopped due to prolonged inactivity or a temporary pause, there are simple ways to bring it back to life.

  1. Manual Winding: One of the most straightforward methods is manual winding. By turning the crown of the watch clockwise for about 20-30 times, you can provide enough energy to kick-start the movement. This action effectively winds the mainspring and powers the watch.

  2. Wearing the Watch: Alternatively, wearing the watch for a period allows the natural motion of your wrist to engage the self-winding mechanism. As you move, the rotor begins to spin, winding the mainspring and supplying the necessary energy to keep the watch running.

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