1. Comments that advise against frequent or regular hand winding of watches with the ETA 2824 and 2836 series movements are correct. The hand winding process does not by-pass the automatic mechanism, and puts a large additional accumulated stress on the moving parts and especially gear teeth. If you have a Tissot Visodate or Swiss Legend Traveler, spend a few minutes each day swinging the watch around to exercise the rotor before you put it on (or keep it in a winder).

  2. It’s actually kind of a funny circumstance, because I would never think to wind a watch that says it is self-winding, but it totally makes sense. I had no idea about the power reserve and that motion is what helps it maintain that power. My watches have always been off and required re-setting and I just thought that’s what watches do. But I also don’t wear the same watch every day. I don’t know if this new information will make me wind my watches or maybe wear them all every day. lol It’s definitely good to know, though.

    1. Author

      I’m glad that this article helped you to understand the importance of winding to automatic watch. In my opinion, if you’re wearing your watch every single day, I don’t think you need to wind it (except to increase the accuracy, but that’s once in a while type of thing). 

      Perhaps you can read my latest post on a guide how I use my automatic watch to pick a tip or two =)

  3. Thank you so much for the information. I’ve had a self-winding watch for years now and have not really ever wound it before because I was afraid of overwinding it. I’m so glad I found this because I had been wondering why it was getting off on the time, even though I was always wearing it.
    Thanks again for your help.

    1. Author

      Hi Ethan. I’m really glad I could be of help =)

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