How Often Does an Automatic Watch Need Winding

It all depends on your activity throughout the day. As you know, automatic watches are powered by the movement of your wrist, which keeps the mainspring tightened as the oscillating rotor spins. However, if you spend your day sat at a computer you will find that your self-winding timepiece does need a boost to keep the hands moving. Most automatic timepieces can last the night unfastened from the wrist yet left for a couple of days and you will notice the power reserve draining of energy.


How to Wind Your Automatic Watch

Those that work in an office will need to wind their watch every now and again, as a quick walk on lunch won’t cut it. Sitting at a desk doesn’t offer much movement and therefore, your watch requires winding to keep it running. Winding the crown 30-40 times should do it, just make sure you unfasten from the wrist before to avoid damage.

Those who have a few automatic watches or are an avid collector will most likely invest in a watch winder to keep those hands moving. They all can’t be worn at once and therefore, mounted on the winder will keep the mainspring tightened as they mimic the movement of your wrist. There are also many stylish designs available to put on display around the home. It is also worthwhile noting that you cannot overwind an automatic watch so you do not have to worry if you wind a few extra times or store in the winder for a long period of time.

There is no set amount of times a week that you will have to wind your watch; it all depends on your movement. An active individual who is constantly moving on a daily basis may very rarely have to wind their watch whereas someone who sits for the majority of their day will need a helping hand to keep their watch in top condition.


Something to Consider

It’s good to know that when you first purchase your self-winding watch that the mainspring will be completely unwound. Fastening to the wrist is tempting but make sure you wind the crown first prior to wearing to give your timepiece the best start. Wearing immediately will make the hands move yet will not make full use of the power reserve available. Again, 30-40 turns of the crown will get those hands working.  

Overall, automatic watches are quite low maintenance especially for those with an active lifestyle. They rarely need to think about winding their timepiece. Even those with a desk job only need a few spins of the crown and enthusiasts with a few different instruments can purchase a watch winder to help.