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My Fossil VT2657 no longer works. I can see no physical damage, but it hasn't been used in years. I'm not even 100% sure how to wind it, but after quite a bit of winding in both directions it still doesn't function. Suggestions?

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It has a battrey or and atomatic winding gear. watch makers a stoped self winding watches due to people over windinfg and braking the watch. check battery it might be dead. or just shake the watch back and forth untill it starts again

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