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How to set the time & wind an Omega mechanical watch

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First time winding your Omega watch and wondering how to do it correctly? Check out our quick and useful tutorial on how to set the time and wind your Omega watch. This video tutorial will work for both automatic and mechanical hand-winding Omega watches. So, check it out!

How to Set the Time and Wind an Omega Mechanical or Automatic Watch

Setting the time and winding your watch for the first time might be intimidating if you haven't had a mechanical watch before. Especially if you've invested a lot of money in a luxurious timepiece. But the process is very simple, and if you do it right, there's no risk of damaging the watch in any way. Check out our video to see how to correctly set the time and wind your Omega watch.

In our video, we featured a vintage mechanical Omega watch for ladies that is also available for sale here.

Omega watches

Omega is a Swiss luxury watch brand that was founded in 1848 as a small workshop producing pocket watches. It quickly gained a reputation for its high-quality and accurate timepieces. In the early 90s, Omega introduced the world's first mass-produced coaxial escapement movement, which revolutionized the industry and made Omega a leader in the field of watchmaking.

Throughout the 20th century, Omega was associated with innovation and precision as the brand became a favorite among astronauts, athletes, and adventurers. It achieved important milestones such as becoming the official timekeeper of the Olympic Games, as well as producing the first watch to reach the Moon, with Neil Armstrong sporting an Omega Speedmaster on his wrist during the famous landing. 

Today, Omega is a subsidiary of the Swatch Group and continues to be one of the world's most recognized and respected watch brands. The company offers a wide range of timepieces, including sports, dress, and luxury watches, and is known for its innovative technology, attention to detail, and exceptional craftsmanship.

Mechanical hand-winding vs. automatic watches

mechanical watch is a watch that uses a clockwork mechanism to measure the passage of time, as opposed to quartz watches which function electronically, with the help of a small battery.

There are two types of mechanical watches that you'll most commonly find in stores: mechanical hand-winding watches and automatic (or self-winding) watches.

A hand-winding watch needs to be manually wound every day or every two/three days, depending on its power reserve. This procedure will help the watch keep time correctly until the next time it's wound. If you don't wear the watch for a long period of time, you don't need to keep winding it. You can let it rest, until you decide to wear again and wind it then. 

An automatic/ self-winding watch gets recharged as you move your wrist. So there is no need to keep winding it every day or every other day. Some watches need to be winded at the begging, to get going, and then they will keep doing their thing if you wear them on a daily basis. 

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