Questions about Aquaracer automatic calibre 5

  1. Arnie

    Arnie Aug 30, 2015

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    Hi I have just today brought my first Tag watch, an Aquaracer automatic calibre 5 and I want to know when pushing the crown to setting 0 , how many times is ok to turn to ensure it is water resistant but im not turning it to much that it will cause damage to the crown.
    Also can anyone advise on suitable watch winder boxes, do i need to spend a lot or will a cheaper version from Amazon or ebay be sufficent.

    Thanks .
     
  2. imagwai

    imagwai Aug 30, 2015

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    Just turn it gently till it stops and don't overtighten. The important thing is not to cross-thread it.
     
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  3. Calibre11

    Calibre11 Editor of Calibre11.com Staff Member Aug 30, 2015

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    The advice I had from a watchmaker was when you screw the crown in, make a very slight turn anti-clockwise first and then turn clockwise to help avoid the threading issue- so far it's worked for me.

    I agree with @imagwai firm but not super-tight.

    I've never used a watch winder, so can't advise unfortunately. Do you think you'll really need one?
     
  4. dsio

    dsio Ash @ ΩF Staff Member Aug 30, 2015

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    As Dave suggests its not the actual tightening down of the thread that provides the water resistance, its the multiple rubber seals themselves within the crown and stem, for that reason screwing it in doesn't require force or tightness.

    Incidentally while its not recommended, and you should definitely screw down any crown that is capable of being screwed down, nearly all of them are still water resistant even when they are in the crown out position as the stem seal still keeps water out if its in good condition.

    Oh and lastly, don't ever forget that your Aquaracer, like all water resistant watches is dependent entirely on those seals for water resistance. Whether its a $200 Seiko, a several thousand dollar Aquaracer Automatic, a Rolex Submariner, or a $26k Patek Philippe Nautilus, a set of tiny rubber seals is the critical factor and they need to be changed every 2-3 years and re-pressure tested to maintain water resistance.

    Its the cheapest and most worthwhile thing you can ever do to a dive watch, and if you keep that up along with a reasonable service schedule your Aquaracer will be in fine condition decades and decades from now.
     
  5. Arnie

    Arnie Aug 31, 2015

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    Just to say thankyou for all your advice, it really was very helpful!! I'm very impressed with the forum and shall be visiting regularly for all the updates and news.
    Thanks again....
     
  6. Pell031

    Pell031 Aug 31, 2015

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    congrats on your new purchase! regarding watch winders, I have a dual winder from these guys which I'm very happy with: www.heidenwatchwinders.com