In this post, we explain how to properly wind up a hand wound mechanical watch.
Congratulations to you if you’re the owner of a hand wound mechanical watch. The hand wound movement is a classical, yet complex, piece of engineering.
In comparison to a regular quartz (i.e., battery) watch, a hand wound watch is unique and special. However, the uniqueness also requires more attention from its owner. For instance, winding it can be a tricky part if you’re now aware of it.
Here is a video with instructions of how to properly wind up a mechanical KARLEX™ watch:
Instructions for how to wind up a hand wound mechanical watch:
Step 1. Make sure that the crown is not pulled out
Step 2. Turn the crown gently clockwise
Step 3. Stop when you feel a resistance (it is important not to overwind it)
Depending on the movement, your watch will now have power for a certain amount of hours. For more information, see our guide How A Mechanical Watch Works.
For further reading about hand wound mechanical watches, we recommend the following links:
What is your opinion on hand wound mechanical watches? Do you even like hand wound, or do you prefer automatic? Leave a comment and let us know!