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Some Tips About Mechanical Watches

Some Tips About Mechanical Watches

Mechanical watches are divided into manual mechanical watches and fully automatic mechanical watches. What causes the automatic mechanical watch not to go? What should I do if the fully automatic mechanical watch does not go away?

First introduce what is a mechanical watch. The mechanical watch is powered by the spring in the movement, which drives the gears to push the hands. In fact, there are two situations in which a mechanical watch does not work. The first one is due to insufficient kinetic energy. The second is due to a malfunction of the mechanical watch. Common faults mainly include bumps, misalignment of the gears of the movement, magnetization of the watch, dry sludge after a long period of time, etc., which will cause the mechanical watch to not work. So don't be too panic when you find that the mechanical watch is not moving, you must first distinguish which type it belongs to.


(1) Why do mechanical watches stop?

Some people may buy a fully automatic mechanical watch. They think that since they are fully automatic, they don’t need to worry about it. In fact, this is a misunderstanding. The so-called fully automatic mechanical watch can wind up the clockwork by turning the automatic rotor in any direction. The function of automatic winding mechanism operates. It is conceivable that only when the watch is worn on the hand, as the arm moves, the automatic rotor will also rotate to generate energy. Generally, a fully automatic watch should be worn on the hand for more than 8 hours a day to make up for the amount of spring, but it is not absolute. So if you don't wear it for a long time, or you don't have enough exercise after wearing it, the mechanical watch will not go. For such situations, manual winding can be used to solve the problem.

If it is found after inspection that the reason for the mechanical watch not running is not due to insufficient kinetic energy, it is that the mechanical watch is malfunctioning. Problems such as watch bumps and hairspring failure will cause the mechanical watch to stop. Therefore, it needs to be sent to professional maintenance personnel for repair. Remember not to disassemble the mechanical watch yourself.

(2) What should I do if the mechanical watch goes fast?

In fact, there is no watch that never has a bad minute. There is always an error range, and this range varies from country to region. Generally speaking, mechanical watches (including fully automatic mechanical watches) only need to be fully wound. , The walking time is not more than 30 seconds slow every day, and the speed is not more than 30 seconds basically in line with the standard.

When the watch is fast, the time has to be adjusted, so how to adjust the time for a mechanical watch?

1) The middle handle is screwed like a screw cap. When adjusting the time, screw it down counterclockwise and loosen it like a teacup lid.

2) After unscrewing, the 0 position is directly screwed up, and the clockwork is manually wound. (For newly-purchased watches or if they have not been worn for a long time, please manually wind the clockwork 30 times before wearing them again to ensure the energy of the watch, which is not usually required).

3) Gently pull it to adjust the day of the week in the 1st gear, and the calendar downward.

4) Pull it again, the time can be adjusted in the 2nd gear.

If this method does not work, it is recommended to go to a professional watch repair center to let the watch masters look at it, so as to avoid random adjustment, resulting in a short hairspring and making repairs more difficult.

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