With today’s smart tech, it’s easy to understand why many folks don’t know how to wind a Rolex, or any watch for that matter. But it’s a skill all watch collectors should master!

how to wind a vintage Rolex

Whether you’re into vintage or new Rolex watches, you should familiarize yourself with how and when to wind them.

When to Wind Your Rolex

All of Rolex’s current watches are self winding instead of battery powered. That being said, there are still two instances in which you may need to manually wind your Rolex:

1. If it stops running from not being worn daily.

A self winding watch features a mechanical movement that stores tension in a coiled spring, winding itself throughout the course of the day with the natural motion of the wearer’s arm.

Should you not wear your automatic winding watch for a day or more, your watch may not be running when you go to pick it up next.

2. If it’s a vintage watch that requires manual winding.

Vintage watches are trending, but it’s still extremely rare to own a manual winding wrist watch.

That would mean your watch dates back to the very early 1900’s, when the first self winding wristwatch was introduced.

How to Wind a Rolex Watch (Instructional Video)

Below you can read the five easy steps for winding your watch.

For visual learners, check out this quick video from Bob’s Watches:

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