My husband's brand new watch stopped running. Notably he hadn't wound it at all for the first 2 1/2 months that he had it. It slowly stopped keeping time, and now it stopped working all together. Is there anything he can do? We've wound it now, but it doesn't seem to have helped.
The Tag Heur repair center says an automatic watch must go through an "initiation" process. They recommend winding manually 40 revolution of the crown clockwise. You must wear an automatic watch at least eight hours per day. Repat the initiation if the watch is not worn for 20 hours or so.
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This watch is a self winder and thrives on being used. When fully wound, they should run for 2-3 days and if they run right down then they need to be wound up and used to maintain operation.
I am not sure if this watch can be manually wound but try turning the crown in a clockwise direction. If this is not possible, to wind it up, wave it from side to side for a few minutes (200-300 times) and his should wind it sufficiently to run for a day or so.
Wearing the watch daily is sufficient to keep it going.
I have read the instruction for this watch and I am surprised how little they tell you!
The description of the watch does not say if it is automatic or battery driven so I shall give you two alternatives to try:-
1) If it is battery driven, then there may be a wedge under the winder to prevent it going into the running position (to save the battery while it is on the shelf). Pull this out and push the winder home.
2) If it is automatic, then it is mechanically driven by a spring and needs to be wound up. This is done by either turning the winding knob or gently shaking it from side to side form some minutes. Once going, such a watch needs to be worn daily to keep it running. They will normally run for 1 - 2 days before stopping when not being worn.
Your watch is an automatic type which means that it is a mechanical self winding watch powered by a spring. It is wound up by a weight that moves when you are walking about and this watch must be worn to keep it operating.
If not worn, these watches will stop in 2 -3 days because the spring has run down.
Some automatic watches can be wound using the crown wheel (winder) but if yours cannot be wound in this way, then swing it from side to side gently for a few minutes and the watch will wind up.
If the watch is a self winding type, then it generally says "automatic" on the face. These will run for about 2-3 days if they are not worn, as the self winding action only works when the user is moving).
Battery driven watches should run for at least a year before needing a replacement, so if it has stopped already, it could be self winding or manually wound type. Some self winding watches can be manually wound so you could try this to see if it starts.
An automatic watch needs to be worn, wound daily or placed on a watch winder to keep it going. It is not like a quartz watch that has a battery and can keep going when not worn. A modern automatic watch will run for about 36 - 48 hours on a full wind.
A quartz watch that stops like you describe is in need of a cleaning by a professional watchmaker. When this stopping occurs it is an indication the oils have dried out and the warmth from your body heats them so they are semi liquid again and the watch runs. but when the watch cools again the oils harden and the watch stops.
Hope this helps,
Ken Yellowstone Watch, Inc. www.yellowstonewatch.com
You have to wind the watch till it is fully wound (significant resistance should be felt). It doesn't matter how many times you wind it (1 or even 40) - what matters is the strength of the spring. Do as follows: At any time in the morning wind the watch up till you feel there is no more winding left (should be quite tough). Memorize the time you did it. Leave the watch (or wear it) till it stops completely. Count the hours your watch did work (from the time you wound it). Now you know exact power reserve for your watch. It is advised to wind the watch 2-3 hours before the power reserve is gone.
You can wind this watch until it is snug. If it does not continue to run during normal wear then you should have the watch looked at. The swing weight or main spring maybe malfunctioning. If you can return it under warranty that would be best.
There can be hundereds of causes why your watch isn't working properly, so, I'll not name them.
One is clear- without help of skilled watchmaker your watch will NEVER work properly.
NOTE: It may sound very strange, but mechanical watches do NOT like to be left without job.
Next time you decide to leave mechanical watch aside for long time- do not forget to wind it up once in a 2-3 days even if you are not wearing it.
This will help to prolong watch movements life and keep timekeeping steady and accurate.
sounds like you need a new watchmaker, Your watch is designed to be worn 16 hours a day an rested for 8 while you sleep and this should keep it running. there are several different mainsprings that can be installed depending on the age and your activity level. I would be happy to take a look at it for you.