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If your watch is "automatic" then would I be right in thinking you took it off for a few days and it stopped?
If this is the case (since most of the Carrera range are automatic, then the spring will have run down and needs re-winding.
You were correct in thinking that shaking it will re- start it but to keep it going you need to shake it gently from side to side for some time. (One supplier quoted 500 times!) be patient and keep wearing it.
Assuming the watch wont start when worn then its time to get a specialist watchmaker to investigate.A premier watch as you have will need regular servicing at 3-5 year intervals.try www.rolexrepairs.co.uk they will provide a free estimate and operate a fully insured postal service.
Sounds like your watch is in need of service. All watches need to be maintained and regular service is required. A watch is a tiny machine. So if you think about it a car needs regular maintenance to keep it running and so will any machine.
In a watch the oils dry out after about 3-5 years and they stop lubricating. Just like in a car when the oils stop lubricating the engine will stop, a watch will stop.
The reasons for this are 1) no lubrication means high friction on the moving parts. 2) the dried oils become gummy like glue and hold the gear train in place which keep the gears from moving.
The only answer is to have your watch serviced to get rid of the old lubrication, clean and replace any worn parts, then reassemble and lubricate, and finally adjust the timing.
This is something only a watchmaker should do as the parts in your watch are very small and very fragile. Improper handling can permanently damage the parts.
Hope this helps,
Ken Yellowstone Watch, Inc. www.yellowstonewatch.com
The small seconds hand do not stop because it has nothing to do with chronometer. It is ordinary seconds counter and will move independent of chronometer.Click on my profile (escapement), then click on Tips and Tricks. There you will find link to Tag Heuer watch manuals. It might lelp you. Rate me, please
The shaking is not the best way to restart the automatic watch as it puts slight strain on watch balance wheel and hairspring (most delicate part in watch). As watch balance wheel is positioned paralel(leveled) to watch dial, you have to spin your watch back and forth a few times quite quickly. (Imagine you are turning steering wheel in your car- thats the right motion). Before doing that wind up your watch a few times manually. Right after doing that observe the seconds hand and if it is ticking just a little bit or ticking back and forth and then stops- your watch has jammed gear train and this is the reason why it stops. If you don't have seconds hand- after shaking your watch listen for ticking and again- if it stops after short run, the gear train is to blame. In this case you will need watchmakers help as special skills and tools are needed to sort this out. Do not forget to rate, please.