Is it possible to over-wind a mechanical watch?
Did you just buy your first ever mechanical watch from Malaysia? A first-time mechanical watch owner has tons of questions about watch care and watch maintenance. Do you know that you can damage your first ever manual winding watch if you overwind it? An automatic timepiece can protect itself, but a manual one can be damaged.
Mechanical watches vary a lot. For the most part, it’s impossible to over-wind modern watches.
However, when it comes to the older movements, it is highly possible.
Many new timepieces have winding limiters which prevent them from being wound until damaged. This is most especially true with automatic watches. Automatic timepieces simply wind into infinity for the reason that its winding systems decouples from its mainspring.
Modern manual winding watches will make you feel its winding stem “stop” once its mainspring is full. You can force it, and technically break the watch. However, most individuals would know when to step once they feel the resistance.
When it comes to older movements that don’t have protection systems, and those low-quality movements from China, you need to be gentler and gentler when winding them. Back then, people would count the amount of turns, and re-wind them at the same time every day.
If you own a modern mechanical watch, most likely, you can’t over-wind it. It will provide an enjoyable operating and wearing experience without accidental damages.