How to get your Automatic watch to restart or stop running slowly
Learn how to properly and fully wind your automatic watch so that it doesn't slow down or stop
If your automatic watch is running slowly or stops working altogether, you need to first make sure it's properly and fully wound. Watch the clip below to make sure you're on the right track:
What does fully wound mean?
- The LIV GX1-A has a 38-hour power reserve, meaning that when fully wound and not worn, it will run for approximately 38 hours before stopping.
- It's important to understand what fully wound means, as some people wrongly assume that just by wearing an automatic mechanical watch it will fully wind up by itself. That is not the case. The truth is that an automatic watch needs first to be fully wound and charged up by turning the crown. Then, by wearing the watch, the automatic movement will continue to hold the charge.
Does my level of activity make a difference to how long the watch will remain charged?
- Since the automatic watch gets its charging power from a rotating mass (aka Oscillating Weight) inside the watch that relies on the movement of the wrist, your level of activity will determine how long the charge will hold.
- Less active people might find that their watch has stopped because there is not enough movement to swing the rotating mass.
Can a watch be 'over-wound'?
- YES! Each watch has its maximum charge, meaning that the mainspring (power source) can only hold so much charge.
- Overwinding a watch could damage it, so it is always recommended to follow the manufacturer's guide on how much you should wind the watch up the first time you put it on.
- For the GX1-A, we recommend you wind the watch 20 times the first time.
Does a watch need to be wound if you don't don't wear it, even if it's for a short period of time?
- When you don't wear the watch (sleeping, shower) the watch is not active, and power will decrease during that period, so over a period of time, you might need to use the crown to bring the power back up.