Why should you hand wind?A lot of new customers read the word "automatic" and presume that they will never need to wind their mechanical automatic timepiece. In theory it can be true, but it is wrong in practice. An automatic watch runs on power reserve, for that it will need either ongoing movement of your wrist or a continuous winding box. This is true, keep it on the winding box or on your wrist, granted you will have power reserve, but because this is still a mechanical timepiece, we do recommend hand winding it for more accurate timekeeping. Understand that there are hundreds of tiny parts inside your watch working on this force of kinetic energy, which sometimes needs some correction. And that correction does come if once in a while during a month, you hand wind your automatic watch, even if you wear it daily. Hand winding will give you more time accuracy and longevity on your mechanism.
When do you hand wind an automatic watch?There are different instances when you must hand wind an automatic watch.
1. When you just get it. It is brand new from the box, please only hand wind it to get it going. Lots of people as soon as it is out of the box shake it harshly, which can lead to issues in the future.
2. If the watch has not been worn for a while. It has been sitting idle on your drawer or nightstand. In order to "kick start" it, we will always recommend hand winding it rather than shaking.
3. If you bump it somewhere while wearing it. Depending on the caliber of the watch, you should always hand wind your watch after a strong shock to it. It helps correct the gears inside and assures for better timekeeping.
4. You have one of those jobs where your wrist does not move a lot, or you do not wear it enough hours to give it enough power reserve. It is always recommended to hand wind it so your watch does not run behind.