Depending on age, people may or may not remember seeing their father wind his watch before going to bed each night. If he didn’t, he would surely wake to a stopped watch but those days have become history now with the advent of automatic watches. These watches have the same mechanism as the old manual watches. Its main spring is wound automatically by the natural motion of arm or wrist, powering the watch to run. This way these watches are self-winding.
This type of watches work best for people who wear the watch daily, but if someone doesn’t wear the watch frequently; it needs to be manually winded twice a week. Even if this watch is wound manually about once every two weeks, it will stay working better as it helps keep the watch lubricated. A self-winding watch never need winding is a misconception, since it all depends on the movement of wrist and arm to keep it functioning well. Lubrication is important for keeping this watch running well. Watch winders are also available to keep watches and wound them. Over winding should be prevented as it makes the watch run fast.
There are number of types of watches available in the market to meet the need of people belonging to different professions like sports watches, digital watches, watches for pilots etc. Sports watches are a perfect choice for athletes and active people. Pilots watches possess accurate mechanical watch movements, strong and shockproof construction. Many of them have long straps so that they can be easily carried on flight jacket. For visibility at night they have numerals and hands coated with radio-dropped fluorescent colors. So it’s up to the person to make the difference by choosing a best watch for him/herself.