How to Care for Automatic Watches

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Automatic watches are a step above wind-up watches, but a step below digital watches. Almost immediately after the first wind-up watches hit the market, self winding or “automatic” watches became available to the public. You do not wind these watches on a daily basis; they instead wind themselves by using your own movements. The kinetic energy--energy caused by movement--of your every actions keeps the watch wound and running. These watches may not be as accurate as a digital wristwatch, but they certainly retain a lot of character.

Wear your automatic watch for at least a few hours every two weeks. Some automatic watches allow you to wind them if you deem it necessary, but other brands may require kinetic energy to wind and deny you the opportunity to wind them the old fashioned way. Wearing your watch a few hours every two weeks solves the problem altogether and keeps your watch wound.

Visit a watch repair shop at least once every two years to give your watch regular maintenance. The repair shop can make sure none of your watch parts have rusted and ensure the entire device is running smoothly.

Replace the rubber seals on the watch if you have a water resistance model. This would be another job for the watch repair specialist you visit on a bi-annual basis. If you frequently expose your watch to water, however, you may need to replace the rubber seals on a more frequent basis. If they wear out, water can start leaking into your watch.

Store your watch is a safe, dry place. Like all watches, automatic watches can fall victim to accidents and scuffs if you do not store them correctly.