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I need to know how to wind up an old (1930's) Oris watch. It loses two hours a day and stops. Do you wind up just in one direction or back and forwards. I'm worried about overwinding it. If it needs attention, where could I get it fixed?

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Your watch is winding forwards only, but you can wind it both directions as the clutchweel does the job and disengages when crown is moved backwards. No worries about overwinding, as you will feel a substancial resistance when the spring is fully wound.
If your watch is loosing 2 hrs a day, then you need to overhaul it (full service). To do that you have to find your nearest watch repair shop and ask for help. Every decent watchmaker will be able to do the job.
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