BLOG 6 - How to? A watch owner's guide.

Your watch is mechanical. The Royalguard 200 houses a trusty Seiko NH movement and is therefore an automatic. This means as you go about your day, the natural motion of your body will keep your watch wound and running. This also means your watch will begin to tick/operate even after sitting for a period of time simply by picking it up, strapping it on, and getting moving. However, for best timekeeping results it is always best practice to fully wind your watch after it has been sitting and lost its power reserve.

To do this, simply un-screw the crown until it pops free of the case (you should be able to depress it and feel it give and push back freely with a simple push towards the case). This is Position B detailed below. From here you can manually wind your watch by spinning the crown clockwise, away from your body. Give the crown anywhere between 30-50 turns (one full turn is achieved with each complete rotation of the crown, but don't over think this step! Just wind and count!). Congratulations, your watch is now wound!

Once wound, go ahead and give the crown a pull until it pops into the time setting position (Position C above). This is the furthest you can extend the crown away from the case and DO NOT use too much force or attempt to pull the crown out further than this point--if it doesn't feel like it wants to go, then it probably shouldn't go. From here, turn the crown counter-clockwise away from your body and set the time. Avoid setting the time between 9PM and 3AM for best results and longevity of your watch. Once the time is set, simply push the crown back to Position B (it will pop into place) and then depress and re-screw down your crown (DO NOT forget this step as it ensures the water resistance of your timepiece).

Now, people often ask, do you really need to wind your automatic watch? I mean, it is an automatic after all. The answer is truthfully, no, BUT if you want any sort of decent results when it comes to keeping accurate time from your watch you are best off winding it and keeping the mainspring tight. Nick from Orion Watches has an excellent video explaining just this fact, be sure to check it out below!

Another bit of horology knowledge when it comes to automatic watches, or at least this automatic watch, is that you cannot overwind the movement. So wind up, screw down that crown (always remember this step after winding!!), and get to enjoying your Royalguard 200!

Other helpful videos:

Do you need to wind your automatic watch?