1. 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.

  2. 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!


  3. 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.


  4. 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.


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