An automatic watch works off of your arm movement, so if it stops, it means you have probably taken it off and put it away for a while. Watch enthusiasts differed on whether or not letting your automatic watch stop matters to the health of your timepiece. Read on to see what they had to say.
Michael Campbell, Co-Owner of Throw Deep Publishing.
Can Negatively Impact Timekeeping Performance
Although it’s not harmful to let your automatic watch stop, it can negatively impact the timekeeping performance of the watch. When a watch is left inactive for an extended period of time, the oil inside the movement will thicken and start to gum up, which can cause the gears to run less smoothly. This can cause your watch to lose accuracy and eventually need repair.
If you plan on leaving your automatic watch inactive for over a few weeks, it’s best to wind it every so often to keep the oil from thickening manually. Alternatively, you could consider investing in a good watch winder that will keep your timepiece ticking even when you’re not wearing it.
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