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Winding Your Vintage Watch
Most people wind up their watch when they go to bed at night, but there are three very good reasons why winding up in the morning is better; first, when the watch is just wound up its action is more vigorous than when it has run for some hours, so it is better able to withstand the shaking it receives when you run to catch your train in the morning.Second, a watch keeps better time if it is wound up at the same time each day, and as most people tend to get up in the morning at a more exact time then they go to bed, the watch is wound up at more nearly the same time each day. Third, if the watch, more particularly a pocket watch, is taken out of a warm pocket, wound up, and then put to cool on the bedside table, there may be a heavy strain put on the mainspring by the sudden cooling when it is in a state of maximum stress. If you have just received your watch in the mail, especially in the cold of winter, let the watch reach room temperature before winding. Having wound up the watch in the morning do not touch the winding crown until the next morning.Some people play with the winding crown during the day and give it a turn or two, and this irregular winding upsets the time keeping quite a lot.

Elementary Precautions
It is not advisable to wear your watch at the beach or seashore, unless it is really waterproof, as grains of sand work in the most amazing way, and one small grain embedded between two teeth of one wheel will stop the watch. Never drop the watch, even if it is a so-called shock proof one.Mostaccidents occur when the watch is being taken off or put on, so always hold your hand over something soft, so if it does slip, it will not be damaged.

Need for Cleaning/Service
If a watch is really waterproof and dustproof (few vintage watches are), the lubricating oil can take ten years to dry up.This does not mean that you should wait that long between cleanings, because wear will begin as soon as the oil starts to dry up.Five years should be the maximum.An ordinary watch with a well fitting case may also go for five years, but it should be looked at every two years to see if the oil sinks are dry, or if there is any signs of grit getting in. Pocket watches, being larger, will hold more oil in the bearings, and will generally run longer between oiling. A watch, which has sat in a drawer for a long period of time, will also need service as the oil dries out.If a watch has been sitting for an extended period of time, have it serviced. A sure indication that a watch badly needs cleaning is erratic timekeeping when it normally keeps good time. It is advisable to have your vintage watch examined by a qualified expert every two years. Remember, your vintage watch has been around for a long time, treat it with care.

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