【Wristwatch introductory Lesson II: Note for Winding Mechanical Watches】
Mechanical watches do not rely on batteries to provide power like quartz watches, but generate kinetic energy by winding the mainspring. And how to wind your mechanical watch is also an important point you must know. However, many people have been wrongly winding their mechanical watches. Can you be sure that your winding method has not made the following mistakes?
*Wind-up = wind up the mainspring in the mechanical watch movement device to save kinetic energy*
Mechanical watches usually have manual winding (Manual Movement) or automatic winding (Automatic Movement) functions, and automatic winding is divided into one-way/two-way.
The difference between the two is the one-way or two-way reversing device.
-One-way self-winding watch is the automatic disc is fixed to rotate in a certain direction to be wound
-Two-way automatic winding means that the automatic disc can be wound in either direction.
-The winding can be divided into manual winding and automatic winding by the movement of the oscillating weight while walking.
-Manual-winding：relies on the mechanical spring to tighten the clockwork by hand;
-Automatic-winding：as the name. Basically, all self-winding movements must have a balance wheel on the back of the watch. The swing of the wrist is used as the driving force to convert the kinetic energy into the spring force. The movement rotor (oscillating weight) will rotate to wind the barrel automatically without using a hand.
How to wind up the mainspring correctly
Many people think that just tightening the crown is enough. But an incorrect operation method inadvertently damages the internal structure of the watch. The structure of a mechanical watch is sophisticated and complex. In order to maintain and extend the life of the watch, we suggest that you refer to the following steps.
・Step 1: Take off the watch from your hand and place it on a stable surface
*Many people wind up the mainspring while wearing the watch directly for convenience, but this will add unnecessary pressure to the bottom of the watch and indirectly affect the operation of internal parts.
* *In order to reduce the impact on the inside of the watch, be sure to remove the watch from your hand before winding it.
・Step 2: Turn the crown directly clockwise 20 to 30 times
*Pay attention to the touch and sound when winding!
(If your watch only has a single upward chain, it will feel idling when turned in the wrong direction, which is different from the correct direction)
* *Manually wind to "80% full" is enough
* * *Overload protection device: self-winding mechanical watches are generally equipped with an overload protection device, if the chain is too much, it will return automatically
How to wind up the mainspring correctly (Screw-in crown)
・Refer to step one above
・Step 2: Rotate the crown counterclockwise 3 to 4 times until the crown pops out
・Step 3: Turn the crown in a clockwise direction (the direction depends on your watch) 20-30 times
・Step 4: Tighten the crown to restore it to the closed state
Principles of time adjustment for mechanical watches
-If the mechanical watch is left unused for a long period of time, the spring of the mechanical watch will relax until the watch stands still. At this time, if you want to wear it again, you must first rewind it fully, and then calibrate the time later.
-Generally, mechanical watches will show that the hour and minute hands slow down or become faster at the moment when the mainspring is at its weakest. Therefore, the mainspring must be fully wound first to prevent the hands from being driven by standard power after the time has been calibrated.
-Even if it is an automatic winding watch, it should be manually wound to eighth full before time calibration.
Remember! Even if your watch has an automatic winding function, remember it depends on the swing of the wrist to wind the oscillating weight. Please wind the watch occasionally (at least once a month) to keep the oil and lubricant in the movement evenly distributed if you seldom wear your watch.
In addition to improving the service life of the watch, it can also save a lot of maintenance costs. Sent back to the factory for cleaning and refueling regularly, otherwise the efficiency of the automatic winding will also be affected.
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機械腕錶通常具備手動上鍊(Manual Movement)或自動上鍊(Automatic Movement)功能，自動上鍊中又分單向/雙向。
-上鍊可分為手動上鍊 及 靠走動時擺陀的活動而自動上鍊。
* * *過載保護裝置：自動上鍊的機械腕錶普遍備有過載保護裝置，若上鏈過多會自行回調
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