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What is an automatic watch? What makes your watch tick is its movement, or an internal engine that powers the watch hands. Automatic watches, also known as self-winding watches, are widely loved for their sophisticated mechanical engines that harness energy from the natural motions of your wrist, which activate the intricate series of wound springs and gear trains within the watch to keep time. It is this unique mechanical heartbeat that has iconized automatic timekeeping as a centuries-old and deeply admired practice.

How do automatic watches differ from quartz watches?    Quartz watches are defined by their battery powered engines and exceptional accuracy. A more modern invention, they tend to be more affordable due to their light and efficient hardware. Automatic watches feature complex mechanical engines that are crafted with up to three times the working parts of quartz watches, made up of interconnected gears and springs that are powered by the kinetic energy from your wrist. Automatic watches exemplify a distinct level of quality, craftsmanship and complexity, so they’re usually a bit pricier. Their second hands also have different movement styles. Quartz watches feature more precise, abrupt tick movements, while automatic watches showcase a more smooth, sweeping motion, almost like the second hand is gliding around the dial.

How do I wind my automatic watch?  If you’ve noticed your automatic watch isn’t ticking anymore, don’t worry—it’s not broken, you just need to wind it. You can wind it one of two ways: by placing it on and gently moving your wrist around to repower the hands, or manually turning it by the crown. To do this, turn it approximately 30-40 revolutions or until the second hand starts moving again. Then adjust the time or date if needed. Our automatic watches can store energy for up to 48 hours without winding it, so if you don’t plan on wearing your automatic watch regularly, we recommend buying a watch winder to store your timepiece in. This keeps it running so it’s always ready to wear.

How do I wind my automatic watch?  If you’ve noticed your automatic watch isn’t ticking anymore, don’t worry—it’s not broken, you just need to wind it. You can wind it one of two ways: by placing it on and gently moving your wrist around to repower the hands, or manually turning it by the crown. To do this, turn it approximately 30-40 revolutions or until the second hand starts moving again. Then adjust the time or date if needed. Our automatic watches can store energy for up to 48 hours without winding it, so if you don’t plan on wearing your automatic watch regularly, we recommend buying a watch winder to store your timepiece in. This keeps it running so it’s always ready to wear.

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