What's your take on this? What happens to the crown/seals/mechanism? Is this dangerous to the watch?
Everytime I see this come up (and it is askd so often that I am beginning to think ther must be an evil conspiracy afoot) MY question - beyond the obvious "why?" is what else do you do to circumvent a device that is made to prevent you from having to do something?
1) Do you keep the TV remote on top the TV and walk across the room to change Channels?
2) Do yo continue to drive using hand signals for braking - despite the fact that the brake lights come on anyway?
3) Do you push the "open" button on elevators upon arriving on your floor(it'll open by itself y'know) and the "close" button upon leaving the elevator?
4) Adjust the volume on your car audio despite the fact that the Auto Level Control is turned on?
5) Obsessivly adjust you HVAC control even though the thermostat is properly set to a temperature you like?
and the other million or so similar things we encounter in daily living.
I'm not being trying to be rude, I just don't believe that there are that many people that don't understand that the concept of an automatic watch is that it winds itself "automatically". I mean we are in an age where nearly everyone graduated to an auto from a quartz- hence they are not habitual watch winders like our grandfathers were (or me for that matter). I remember when I got my first auto back in 1971 I thought "Great, I don't have to wind it everyday!" (OK, I really thought "Wow, like groovy man!" but I translated it for those who don't speak '70's).
And yes, mechanical movement is always associated with wear - great or small, sooner or later it will fail.
Which is different than what your first post led me to believe. I would hazard a guess that your watch needs serviced- I think your watchmaker gave you his "best guess" about how long it would operate. Looks like he was wrong. Sometimes watches die slowly, other times abruptly. I can't address your need/desire to wait but the watch did that pretty well. Your options are either have it fixed now or later. If later you can use your cell phone until then or use another watch. If you opt to use another watch you can either use an old watch or get another watch to wear in the interim. Those are your choices as I see them.I'm asking this ridiculous question because there is something wrong with my automatic. It had stopped last dawn and I tried to get it going by spinning it around gently. The rotor spun around but the watch didn't start. I tried this in different positions but it didn't start ticking. Then, finally, it did start to work.
I let a watchmaker inspect my watch a week ago because it had stopped overnight and swaying it didn't get it going. The watchmaker took the watch and it started ticking when he gave it a shake. No screws were loose etc. All fine.
He measured the amplitude and it was 280 dial up, 230 in other positions. This meant it needed a service but he said it's OK to use it for a while if I didnt't want to get it serviced yet (I have a reason for this. I'd like to get it serviced in December/January and it was all OK).
Now I wonder why the rotor doesn't wind the watch properly? Sometimes it winds and sometimes it doesn't. The rotor spins freely all the time, it's not stuck. What's up with it? This is the problem here.