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can automatics be kept running through manual winding

June 25 2009 at 8:45 AM
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I am still considered new to the world of horology and have some really basic questions. I am currently having a PAM104 and am trying to learn more of it.
From my little understanding of the inner workings of a typical automatic watch, there is a winding rotor of which the back and forth motion created by the movements of the wrist will wind the mainspring. I read somewhere that if the watch is not worn or subject to any movements, we can still keep it running (in my case after 42 hours of not wearing it) by manually winding the watch. Can the manual winding be done on my PAM104 to avoid it running dead after a protracted period of "non-wearing" time or is it not advisable to do so? If it can be done (and does no harm to the watch) should I wind it, ie which direction should I wind it?

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