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Advantages Of Self Winding Watches

Feb 23, 2008
You might remember seeing older people wind their watches every night before going to bed, or in the morning before they start the day. That's because manual wind watches will run down and stop. However, most modern watches don't need to be wound. Self-winding, or automatic watches function on the same mechanism, but a different power source prevents you from having to wind up your watch on a daily basis. That's a big benefit if you're busy and don't often remember to take the time to wind your watch. There's little more frustrating than checking the time, and discovering that your wristwatch has stopped.

It's Based on Motion Throughout the Day

Self-winding watches keep themselves going without any sort of daily winding because the motion of your wrist and arms throughout the day provides enough force to rewind the watch. That's why this type of watch can still run down if you don't wear it often. For people who don't wear their self-winding watch on a daily basis, manual winding every two weeks or so is required. Alternatively, you could use an automatic watch winder. These small devices mimic your motions, and keep your watch wound, even though you're not using the watch regularly.

Don't mistake a self-winding watch for quartz watches. Those more modern devices are powered not by human motion, but by batteries. While watch batteries last around two years, they can stop without warning, and replacing them can be a pain. Automatic watches, on the other hand, have their own never ending source of power. These devices were first developed as wristwatches in the 1930s, and sold by Rolex. While the idea of a self winding watch is even older - the first pocket model was made in 1770 - they weren't viable until the 20th century. Since their introduction, self winding watches have enjoyed a steady popularity.

If you're looking for a self winding watch, some of the Japanese watch makers, such as Seiko, offer them. They come in a plethora of designs and styles. So, you won't lack for choice, whether you want to wear the watch as jewelry, or simply have a dependable timepiece that will keep running without giving it a thought.

Can Last a Lifetime

It's a good idea to have a watch shop look at your self winding watch about once every three years. They'll check the seals, make sure everything's properly lubricated, and keep your watch going the way it should. We're used to thinking of wristwatches as disposable objects. However, a good self-winding watch can last you a life time if you take care of it. You'll never need batteries, and routine wear will keep the watch working well. That makes a self winding watch one that you don't have to think about. Without much maintenance, it'll continue to let you know what time it is. If you're thinking about getting a new watch, or are frustrated with your old one, consider a self-winding model. You may never have to buy a watch again.
About the Author
Robert G. Knechtel operates several websites addressing a variety of interesting topics, including Mens Watches, Womens Watches, and Luxury and Dress Watches and saving money on Mens Jewelry Watches .
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