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  1. This is a great informative post. It may sound silly but I didn’t know I could wind my watch. I have had problem #1 many times. And the double watch winder is a great idea. It’s not that expensive for me. And it will solve my problem. thank you so much for all of this info. It will come in very handy in the future.

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      Hi Laura. I’m glad that the info helped you. Cheers!

  2. I have a fake watch. It was given to me from a family member. It says Patek Philippe on it, but the model is not on the official website. It’s a skeleton automatic watch with a day/night dial and a second clock face that can be set rotating the mechanism backwards when in the set mode. I used to wear the watch maybe twice a week on non-consecutive days. Then one week I wore it 4 days in a row. Looking back, I have a feeling my watch doesn’t have a clutch being an fake watch. Because I wore it for so long, the watch overtightened. Now it stops ticking when I wear it. When flat, the watch is perfectly fine, but on a wrist it slows down until it comes to a stop, even with a good power supply. Is it possible the coil spring is over stretched? What all can cause this issue? I tried having it repaired, but they sent it back because they “don’t work on replicas.”

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      Hi Aaron. Your issue is very weird and unfortunately I never experience such issues. I think the only way is to bring the watch to other watchmakers that is willing to work on it as it’s not a normal watch with that day/night indicator. But try to find a cheap watchmaker and get the quotation before having him repair it as spending a lot of money to get the watch fixed might not worth it for a fake (just my 2 cents..).

  3. I have a question about the date function for an automatic watch. For my new watch I think that I changed the date after 8:00PM. The date didn’t change after midnight. However when I change time with the minute and hour hands the date changes around midnight if I wind the srew head. Is this a sign that my automatic date function still works or is this a separate proces?

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      HI buddy. I think you’ve not set the internal AM/PM of the watch correctly. You can use the method I’ve included in Point No.8. The updated method seems to be easier to understand. Let me know if you still have problem.

  4. Ive got the watch collecting bug. After several years of having nothing but a G Shock to my name which was my go everywhere watch, I have started to build a collection of automatics and quartz watches. Just when I think I’ve got enough , I want one more 🙂 As my collection is new and to be honest, sufficient, should I let my head rule my heart? I am specifically thinking 3-5 years down the line when they may all require a service at the same time? What do you think? Ignore the servicing issue and crack on or stagger my purchases over years? Nothing I own has cost more than £400.

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      Well Nigel, you’re not alone in this. To be honest, if you got the money, you can buy as much watch as you like. What I mean is if you’re earning above your expenses, buying a new watch is totally fine.

      But it’s a totally different case if you’re not earning much. My personal rule is to only buy watches with my excess monies – not my investment money, not my emergency savings fund money, and definitely NOT on credit. I only buy a new watch when the situation permits. With that, I can still ensure my financial statement is still healthy despite my collection of watches.

      In terms of servicing, I think it’s okay to defer services for some watches – it’s not like it will get totally broken without any service. You can time the service of your watches over consecutive months (not at the exact same week/month) so as not to burden you financially.

      Lastly, you can always sell off your old watches on Ebay or other sites. It’s perfectly normal to have favorites among our watches so you can always sell the least liked watch in your collection. That way, you can still balance the total number of watches when you’re buying a new one.

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      Thanks for the compliment buddy!

      Cheers!

  5. I have been looking for a good automatic watch, but wanted to check if there were any common problems to look out for.

    I didn’t know that you can buy watches with a power reserve indicator or that there was wide variation in the amount of wrist movement needed to power one of these watches.

    Thanks for your coverage of these issues.

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      Hi Kristian. These issues are small, but can be quite major if you are not aware of them. The power reserve indicator is one of the most useful thing that any automatic watches can have.

      And somehow, Orient make the cheapest automatic watches with them. Check out the Orient Star Retrograde and Orient M-Force for watches with the power reserve indicator.

      Cheers!

  6. A lot of great info here. I own a silver analog watch and since it’s rather new I haven’t had many issues with it. I was surprised by the way auto watches run on kinetic energy. I know you said that temperature affects the accuracy of a watch, but do you know by how much?i would expect the amount to be negligible. Thanks for the post.

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      Hi Juan. Thanks for visiting by! The amount of accuracy lost due to temperature will depends on the movements itself, but from my experience with my Seiko, it can be up to a few minutes. Another effect that temperature can have is reducing its power reserve.

      Due to these issues, it’s better to use an electronic watch (like G-Shock etc.) if you are thinking of going to cold places. As much as I love automatic watches, I have to admit this is one of its critical flaws.

      Cheers!

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