Hand-wound mechanical timepieces, like Shinola's Mechanic collection, honor the simple, tactile analog experiences of life and the history of horology (the art of watchmaking). These watches are powered by a main spring inside the movement and are driven as the spring slowly unwinds over time. For hundreds of years, manual-wind mechanical movements have helped create unique connections between watches and their wearers because of the daily, hands-on winding that powers these timepieces.
HOW TO WIND THE MECHANIC:
The Mechanic has a minimum 42-hour power reserve, meaning that once fully wound, it will continue to keep time for ~42 hours, at which point it will stop and need to be reset and rewound. To keep the watch ticking, the Mechanic should be manually-wound habitually, restoring the power reserve before it is completely depleted.
Note: Always stop winding if you feel resistance. Do not manually overwind the crown as it may damage your movement.
Before powering your timepiece, please remove it from your wrist so as not to apply sheering pressure on the crown and stem while winding.
- Q: Will my automatic watch winder be able to keep my Mechanic fully wound when I'm not wearing it?
- A: No - unfortunately, the vast majority of watch winders on the market are designed to keep automatic timepieces wound by keeping them in motion. Since manual-wind watches lack the automatic winding feature (activated by a wearer or watch winder's motion), they must be wound via the crown
- Q: Can I damage my Mechanic by overwinding it?
- A: Yes - While winding, please stop when you feel resistance on the crown/movement
- Q: How many turns of the crown fully powers my 42-hour power reserve?
- A: Approximately 30 turns
- Q: I can hear my watch winding when I turn the crown; is that normal?
- A: Yes - We designed the Mechanic so that the crown makes a slight sound when being wound. This is to help you know that you are indeed winding the movement