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Looking after your automatic watch

Updated: Apr 23, 2021

When it comes to looking after your automatic watch, there are a few things to consider.

Setting the time on the Seiko NH35 movement requires 3 simple steps:

Pull the crown out to the second click position

  1. Turn the crown to set hour and minute hands turning the crown away from you

  2. Push the crown back into the normal position

How to set the date

Setting the date on this movement is just a simple as setting the time:

  1. Pull out the crown to the first click position

  2. Turn the crown to alter the date setting turning the crown towards you

  3. Push the crown back into its normal position

Note that it is not advisable set the date between the 9:00 PM and 4:00 AM time on the watch, as this may cause a malfunction on the timepiece.

Should I wind up my automatic Watch

The automatic, or self-winding, watch, functions as its name suggests. As long as you’re wearing it, the mainspring maintains tension thanks to the weighted rotor in the movement that oscillates with your arm’s movements. A slipping clutch prevents the spring from getting over-wound.

When you put on your automatic watch and it has wound right down, you can start it off by giving it little bit of winding just to get it going, then the automatic mechanism will take over and keep the watch wound all the time you are wearing it ....I for my part just give the watch around a dozen turns on the winder (crown) and put it on, and all is good ! Some people prefer to give their automatic watch a very gentle shake , more of a movement from side to side a few times until the hands start moving again.

While winding a watch is a simple process, there are a couple things to be aware of. First of all, wind the watch off of your wrist. While it may be tempting to give the crown a few twirls while you’re surfing the Web at work, the angle can be awkward and put lateral stress on the delicate winding stem. Secondly, don’t over-wind your watch.

A long-lasting watch is a watch that never fails to get wound. If you have an automatic watch, you should keep in mind that wearing it every day is the best way to wind it. Remember that wearing is caring. Your automatic watch needs more time on your wrist than storing it inside a box.


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