The perfect watch should be a lot of things—functional, stylish, comfortable, and perhaps most importantly, accurate.
So while a watch like the Orient CFM00001S is stylish and has convenient features like a tachymeter bezel, it should perform its chief function well, and that’s telling the time.
Read on to learn about what an automatic watch is and how you can make sure yours is as accurate as possible:
- What is an automatic watch?
- How accurate is an Orient automatic watch?
- How do I maintain the accuracy of an automatic watch?
What is an automatic watch?
Simply put, an automatic watch, also called a self-winding watch, is one that does not need to be manually wound every day. It derives its power from a mainspring, which is powered by the motion of your wrist.
When it’s not on your wrist for a long period of time, an automatic watch will stop working, but that can be a good thing. Watch gears experience some wear and tear over time, so giving them a break when your watch is not on your wrist will ensure that an automatic watch will last for generations.
It doesn’t need a battery, and all the watch parts are made from natural materials (excluding watches with rubber bands), making an automatic watch, like the Orient CFM00001S, an eco-friendly option.
How accurate is an Orient automatic watch?
So now you know the basics of how an automatic watch works, but what does that have to do with accuracy?
Self-winding automatic watches are affected by the Earth’s gravitational pull, causing some fluctuations in accuracy that a quartz watch doesn’t experience. Accuracy can also be affected by wind and temperature.
There’s no simple answer to the question, “How accurate is an automatic watch?” It depends on the watch’s movement, which varies for every watch. However, the better the watch is, the more accurate it will be. A Seiko SKX 007, for example, is considered an affordable model and can gain or lose about 15 seconds per day, according to owners.
Here’s where people can go wrong in assuming that, the more expensive an automatic watch is, the more accurate it will be. Orient disproves that theory with its automatic watches.
Here are a few testimonies from Orient owners participating in a forum discussion about the accuracy of their watches:
“I’ve had this Blue Mako a month, and it’s still running a pretty steady +2/+3 per day. I think I’m getting spoiled!”
“Mine continues to chug along. It’s +8 total for the last 8 days — averaging +1 per day…Pretty amazing accuracy so far and it actually is improving.”
“I picked up an Orient Black Mako from OrientWatchUsa around Christmas. At first the watch was gaining about 2-3 seconds/day…but over the past week the watch has been running (+ -) 0 seconds/day! Unbelievable!!!”
How do I maintain the accuracy of an automatic watch?
While Orient watches offer unmatched accuracy for the price, there are still some things you can do to compensate for a few seconds that have been lost or gained.
If your watch is running +/- 60 seconds per day, there’s most likely a problem with the movement. The best thing to do is to take it to an expert to assess the situation, unless you’re comfortable tinkering with the tiny parts of a watch movement by yourself.
There are also certain positions you can put your watch in to gain or lose a few seconds, but again, it depends on the watch. One watch owner recommends laying your watch flat, face-up overnight to gain a few seconds, and to lay it vertically with the crown downward overnight if you want to lose a few seconds.
So whether your style is sporty and you prefer the Orient CFM00001S, or you like the trendy look of the Orient CFNAA006B, one thing is for sure: Your watch will be made with an unrivaled in-house movement that will keep accurate time.
Do you have any tips or tricks that you use to regulate your watch’s accuracy? Is your watch so accurate that it doesn’t need any tinkering? Share your thoughts below.