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Old 10 September 2007, 04:50 AM   #1
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Self Winding, Mechanical

Does it mean that I must wind the watch myself or does it mean the watch somehow mechanically winds itself?
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Old 10 September 2007, 05:38 AM   #2
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They're just words... adjectives usually

A mechanical, non automatic, watch would need to be wound.

A self winding watch would wind itself......but not without your input (or an automatic winder), so, clearly it is not self winding...Now days most are referred to as automatic.

Now, if we're talking about people....I've seen some that can wind themselves up pretty quickly..

I don't know any automatic people...
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Old 10 September 2007, 06:24 AM   #3
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Self winding or automatic, means the watch is wound as you wear it as your wrist and arm move, so you don't need to hand wind with the crown.

Manual wind or hand wound, means you have to wind it with your fingers.
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Old 10 September 2007, 07:17 AM   #4
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I have been looking at the Breitling Chonomat Evolution. There were a few comments on the TZ Bretling Forum regarding the need to physically wind it.

I like the look, but this thing about physically winding it has kept be from buying.
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Old 10 September 2007, 07:23 AM   #5
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Alanfurman.com lists them as automatics. Maybe there is a power reserve problem.
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A self-winding, or automatic, watch has a rotor which turns as your wrist moves. The rotor is geared to the watch's winding mechanism.
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Old 10 September 2007, 09:07 AM   #7
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The Breitling Chronomat Evolution is automatic. As for the comments in the forum on TZ, I am not sure what to say about them. It's possible his particular watch needs repair. There also may be something he is not saying, like that he wears his watch only 8 hours a day and leaves it on the dresser for 16 hours. I have 16 automatic watches right now and have probably owned around 30 in my lifetime, the only one I had which stopped needed repair. Otherwise, I have not experienced this problem. If you like the Chronomat Evolution, I would recommend you not worry about the posts on TZ as something is being left out of the narrative, perhaps out of the ignorance of the wearer, maybe not. Most people consider Breitling to be a highly reliable brand, but every once in a while, one of the watches needs repair. It happens. Especially if you tend to wear your watch all the time, you should not have a problem.
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Old 10 September 2007, 04:51 PM   #8
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Originally Posted by ohsixx View Post
Does it mean that I must wind the watch myself or does it mean the watch somehow mechanically winds itself?
Let me explain....

This is SELF-WINDING...

This is automatic...

And this is one sexy movement....

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