Do Mechanical Watches Need To Be Wound Regularly To Prevent Damage?

- Dec 14, 2017-

Do Mechanical Watches Need To Be Wound Regularly To Prevent Damage?


The short answer is "yes," watches need to operate regularly in order to prevent damage. But again, the type of movement and the climate you live in can effect this greatly. Most mechanical watch movements use a variety of oils and greases applied in tiny amounts for lubrication. Some of these can get hard and prevent a movement from operating normally (or at all) if the watch is left sitting for too long. The question is, "what is too long?" We wouldn't say that you need to leave your automatic watch on a winder or wind your manually wound timepieces daily. However, at least each couple of weeks you should wind them up a bit to get the oils flowing.


We've suggested this to a few brands in the past, but as of now, we don't know of winder makers that have a "long term storage" function that simply moves a watch a few times a week in order to keep it operating. This is because it is a balance. You want to keep the oils in the watch ready, but you don't want to prematurely put wear-and-tear on a movement.