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Everytime my self winding runs down, why do I spend hours trying to get started again?

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An automatic watch receives it power from the mainspring, which is wound by hand (most watches) and from movement of the arm which causes the Oscillating Weight to spin around and wind the mainspring. The problem is that it takes many, many rotations of the weight to put enough winds on the mainspring to keep it going. If you have not worn the watch for 24 hours you need to put initial winds on the mainspring, either by turning the crown or by swinging the watch around 30-40 times. If the watch is in good mechanical condition, once you put the initial winds on it, you can put it on your wrist and it should run overnight if taken off. Most older Seiko watches cannot be wound by hand.

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You need to swing the watch backward and forward for some time (200-500 times!), to re-charge the battery.

This may take some patience!

Posted on Jan 14, 2010

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Why doesn't it keep running?


It needs to be worn to self wind. I actually bought a winding box so I put watch away it will be turned as if on your wrist. These vary and having owned a couple of winders I chose one that is belt driven, found on Amazon.
if you wear it to sleep it may wind down.
Playing video games ,little wrist motion, may find it stopped.
you mentioned someone to.d you it was fully wound! How can they tell. I cannot wind mine if yours needs winding from stem you may not have real Rollex.

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"Self-winding" Automatic mechanical watches that don't run.


Many questions are posted about watches that don't run or just run for a few seconds or minutes. If it's a quartz/digital watch you need to have the battery replaced. If it's a mechanical watch - even a high end "perpetual" watch like a Rolex, you'll need to manually wind it. Self-winding, or automatic, watches have a rotor in the case that spins as your arm/wrist moves throughout the day. The motion of the rotor winds the watch. When the watch is left unworn for a day or you spend your day just reading a book or otherwise remain inactive, the watch runs down. To restart it and provide a power reserve, simply wind the watch manually by turning the crown clockwise about 40 turns. It should run fine as long as you stay active. If you don't wear the watch everyday and don't want to have to wind and reset it every time you put it on, you can buy a watch winder to keep it moving. You can find them for under $100 on ebay for basic models and for more money you will see ones that wind multiple watches and have nice decorative cases.

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Ive wound watch about 40 times it runs for about 3 minutes then stops again


I have the same watch 20 years old. I cannot wind this watch.
it is self winding , which is generated by arm or wrist movement.
i purchased a box for times I won't be wearing. Will rotate watch 5 minutes every hour ( belt driven- only use that other winders say gear my experience is belt drive more reliable)
if you have to wind this watch I would question if it is real Rolex.

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Stops after i take it off, I have to shake it to get it going again, problem is intermittent, I have no clue...


Your watch is self winding and will run down (if fully wound) for about 2 days.

This type of watch thrives on use and if not used will stop. To avoid having to re-wind by shaking, it should be worn every day.

(Some makers say that to full wind up their self winding watches, they need to be shaken (gently) aboiut 200 times).

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I bought it new and then a few weeks later the battery seemed to stop. I did not wear it often. I heard some watches do not use battery and function with the movement of one's arm. Is this the case for...


If the watch is a self winding type, then it generally says "automatic" on the face. These will run for about 2-3 days if they are not worn, as the self winding action only works when the user is moving).

Battery driven watches should run for at least a year before needing a replacement, so if it has stopped already, it could be self winding or manually wound type. Some self winding watches can be manually wound so you could try this to see if it starts.

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Bulova Millenia 100 m,stops running,move it to wind,starts up


When you say "wave wind" do you mean you're waving it around to wind it with the self-winding mechanism? If so, that will only keep it running briefly as you're experiencing. Manually wind the crown about 40 turns clockwise to "fill the tank" and wearing it daily will keep it topped off. Anytime you don't wear it for a day, manually wind it again. As for the cleaning, the inside of the watch doesn't get real dirty but over time the lubricants wear out and thicken which makes the watch run slowly or not as long as it has to work harder to move the gears through the thickened lubricant. A watchmaker can disassemble and clean the old lube out with solvents and then reassemble the watch with fresh lubricants.

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Watch winding is not holding


Two words: Wind it! When any self-winding (automatic) watch runs down from not wearing it you have to manually wind it to get it going again. Once you've done that the movement of your wrist will cause the self-winding rotor mechanism to keep it running as long as you are reasonably active and wear it everyday. Just wind it about 40 turns and you'll be good to go. Oris is a great watch company and you should enjoy it for many years.

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Hi - took it off for 36 hrs - never had an issue - oyster submariner not moving now ... thanks for your help


This is a mechanical auto-wind watch. It self winds when worn. But if taken off for a couple of days it will have stopped and won't start running again unless it is wound.

Put it on and wear it for a few minutes. This will wind it enough to start it running again. Then set the time and wear it and you'll be fine.

Hope this helps.
Ken
Yellowstone Watch Inc.
www.yellowstonewatch.com

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Restarting my Citizen Promaster Eco Divers 200 Watch


Since it's eco-drive you can just wear it for a few hours and it should self-wind. The problem is that when it sits still for more than a few days it winds down. It gets its power from the natural movement of your wrist as you walk around.

Once it starts ticking again you'll just have to set the time correctly.

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Rolex runs down


sounds like you need a new watchmaker, Your watch is designed to be worn 16 hours a day an rested for 8 while you sleep and this should keep it running. there are several different mainsprings that can be installed depending on the age and your activity level. I would be happy to take a look at it for you.

Donald McPherson

Certified Watchmaker AWCI

www.finewatchmaking.com

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