Self-winding watch movements such as the Breitling include a mechanism that winds the mainspring using the motion of the wearer’s body. Natural movements of the watch, either on the wrist or in the pocket, cause a piece inside the watch to move. This piece is designed to always point in a certain direction, no matter which way you hold your wrist.
Breitling has always specialized in chronograph movements and has played a role in developing this technology over the years. In fact, the first self-winding chronograph was produced by Breitling in 1969. Self-winding movements are complex systems of gears and drives powered by the natural movement of your body.
How to Wind a Breitling Watch
Breitling recommends that owners wind their automatic watches fully if it has not been worn in a few days before wearing it again. Wind your watch before you strap it on for the day, which keeps stress off the stem. Once you begin to wear the watch again, your natural body movements will keep the mainspring supplied with power to run the mechanism.
How many times do you wind a Breitling watch?
To wind a Breitling watch, rotate the crown 40 times in a clockwise direction. If your watch has stopped due to lack of wear, you will need to pull the crown out all the way to set the time. Turn the crown clockwise and pay attention to when the day flips to make sure you have a.m. or p.m. Continue to turn the crown clockwise until the correct time and date are displayed. Push the crown back in and turn counterclockwise to lock it in place.
The good news is that once you know how to wind a Breitling watch, the instructions apply to all their models. We suggest that you wear your Breitling watch to keep it moving and to enjoy the feel of it on your wrist.
How can you tell if a Breitling watch is real?
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but it is also the cause for some fake Breitling watches to hit the market. Because Breitling’s craftsmanship is so exquisite, however, it is difficult to make a fake that can’t be spotted. In general, poor quality printing or engraving of the logo, dial, or case back are a sure way to spot a fake Breitling. If any of these areas aren’t sharp, clear, and perfect you may have a fake Breitling in front of you.
Because this piece is heavy, gravity takes over and moves it back and forth as your wrist moves. The piece is attached to a gear train at the other end. The gear train converts the movement of the piece to power by winding a spring called the mainspring.
The mainspring stores the power it gathers and uses it in the functions necessary to tell time, date, and other functions. If the watch is not worn or moved, the power stored in the mainspring will last for a certain period until the watch must be wound manually.