Owning a mechanical watch comes with responsibilities - keep the inner workings free of dust, debris, and moisture; have it serviced regularly; and not overwinding it. But accidents happen and it’s not uncommon to overwind your timepiece. Here’s some advice from watch pros about how to identify and deal with overwinding.
Wind It Down; Adjust the Regulator
The best way to determine if a watch is overwound is to check the mainspring. The mainspring is the part of the watch that powers the movement. If it is wound too tight, it can cause the watch to run too fast or stop completely. To fix an overwound watch, you should first wind it down to the point where it is running normally. Then, you should adjust the regulator, which is the part of the watch that controls the speed at which the watch runs. Finally, you should make sure the watch is properly lubricated. This will help ensure that the watch runs smoothly and keeps accurate time.
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