How Many Times to Wind an Automatic Watch

Owning an automatic watch is very little maintenance with the movement powered by the wearer’s wrist activity. As you move the rotor spins tightening the mainspring. Therefore, if you stop for a long period of time the power reserve will drain of energy as the rotor stops spinning and the mainspring unravels. Don’t worry leaving your watch unfastened to your wrist overnight is fine. 

Many may believe that their self winding timepiece doesn’t need winding at all however, there are a few moments where your watch does need a few turns of the crown. 


Your New Automatic Watch

As you can imagine when you first purchase a self winding watch the mainspring is completely unwound. It has not been worn yet and therefore, needs a helping hand. It may be tempting to fasten the watch to your wrist straight away. Your wrist activity will cause for the rotor to spin however, will not give your timepiece the best start. The power reserve is not being used to its full capacity and you may find your watch draining of energy quicker than if you wound the crown first 30-40 times. Therefore, we advise to wind your watch before fastening to the wrist. 

Your Daily Activity

Automatic watches suit an active lifestyle. If you sit at a computer all day every day, your watch will need a helping hand every now and again. It’s just not enough movement to keep your watch powered sufficiently. You will notice your watch drain of energy as the days unfold at your desk. Therefore, we do recommend winding the crown 30-40 times before wearing. Never turn your crown whilst the watch is on your wrist to avoid damage. 

Those who are on their feet all day will need to wind their watch much less. We advise for you to keep an eye on your power reserve and wind accordingly. 


How Often You Wear Your Watch

If you are an avid watch collector and own a few watches or don’t require to wear your watch daily, you will need to think about investing in a watch winder to keep those hands moving. The winder mimics the movement of your wrist motion keeping the rotor spinning. They also are the perfect way to store your watch collection no matter how big or small protecting from any risk of damage. There are many chic watch winders currently on the market that are the perfect finishing touch to your home. Practical and stylish! 

Automatic watches cannot be overwound as once the mainspring is completely tightened the rotor disengages. Therefore, you can leave your timepieces mounted in your watch winder of voice without worrying about damaging your favourite piece.