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Hi all, I accidentally posted this in the wrong sub forum.

I have a mix of automatic and quartz watches. With the automatics when I am not wearing I usually pull out the crown and put it away until I wear again, as this may be some time.  I have a new automatic Seiko Alpinist, and although this is not my "daywear" watch, I do plan on wearing it at weekends. I have heard that in the long term its not advisable to manually wind a watch, as pulling the screw in crown in and out often is not great practice. I do have a watch winder I got years ago that I have never used. 

I was wondering how long to use the watch winder. I know with this watch you cannot overwind, but how long every day should I turn the machine on ?

Any advice on general winding and watch winders ? Sorry if this has been covered before.

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Leaving the crown "out" on any watch can leave it open to moisture ingress so probably not a good idea.

To answer your question. An internet search will probably tell you how many turns per day (tpd) is suitable for your particular watch/movement and in which direction.

If your winder is programmable use this information. If it is not you will need some "manual" input turning it off and on.

I used to use winders all the time and left them running 24/7. I do not now, however no damage was ever caused to the watches on them and I could pick up and go as I wished.

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