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      08-13-2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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For those with a self-winding watch?

Do you put it on a "winder" when it's not on your wrist?

or

Do you just let it sit and potentially run out of "energy" before you put it back on?

I have a Breitling Super Avenger and am wondering what is best for the watch?
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It depends on how many self-winders you have. I prefer manual winders, so I only have two automatics, and I just try to cycle them into the rotation to keep them wound, and I occasionally manually wind them if I know I'm not going to wear them. You won't go wrong with an Orbita winder if you choose to go the winder route, you should be able to find used ones on either of the big watch sites (www.timezone.com and www.watchuseek.com).
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if it sits a few days, you'll have to reset the time. Makes you wonder what the point of being one second off in 10 billion years is.
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I try to wind it every day, especially if I haven't been wearing it...
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When not wearing it, it is best to put it on a watch winder.

however

You need to do some research on winders, because they are not all created equal. If you get a cheap one that, for instance, only rotates in one direction, you risk damaging the movement. Also, many cheap winders run on a continuous cycle, instead of taking timed breaks. This can wear down gears.

You would think that a company that produces watch winders would take these features (or lack thereof) into account, but this is not always the case.

If you wear the watch all the time, it really is not necessary to use a winder. If a watch is worn sporadically, a winder is probably a good idea.

If a watch is habitually left around for 15 hours, then worn for 8, then left around for 20 hours, and worn for 2, then left around for 3 hours, and worn for 12, it hurts the accuracy of the watch.

Another advantage of a winder is the way that it keeps the lubricant in the movement evenly distributed. If you leave an automatic watch unworn and unmoved for a long time, you run the risk of the oil pooling or drying out.
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I put it on an Orbita watch winder, Lithium battery powered unit good for 5 years.

Can't go wrong with Orbita.

You can get great deals off the US Orbita website on reconditioned units

http://store.orbita.com/
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Thanks for the great feedback. I think I'm set on purchasing an Orbita watch winder and probably this one - http://store.orbita.com/ProductDetai...uctCode=SPA023. It's their cheapest one but looks to do what I need it to do. Not a bad price either.
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