from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Designed in such a way that manual winding is unnecessary. Used of clocks and watches.

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  • adj. Generally applied to a wristwatch that does not need to be wound but rather gathers energy from being moved while worn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. designed so that manual winding is unnecessary


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  • Right now, I am wearing my dad's old Benrus self-winding he wore in the '50's.

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  • The relaunched watch is close to the original, but has been upgraded with the latest technology, including Breitling's Caliber 01 in-house self-winding movement, and a sapphire case at the back and front, and is water-resistant to 100 meters.

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  • A visitor to the Clockmakers 'Museum in the Guildhall Library in the City of London could be forgiven for fixating on the oldest surviving self-winding watch, formerly carried by Czar Nicholas I, or for lingering over the plans and prototypes for the chronometers used to navigate the seas in the 18th century.

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  • For the L.U.C XP Tonneau, the movement is the ultra-slim, self-winding and chronometer-certified L.U.C. Calibre 3.97, which is visible through the watch's sapphire glass case back.

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  • That can slow me down to the point where a motion sensitive, self-winding watch won't even wind.

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  • The massive Instrumento Grande Chrono is made from a chunk of 18k pink gold, it is water-resistant to 30 meters, and its self-winding mechanical movement provides 42 hours of reserve power.

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  • AUTOMATIC WINDING a.k.a. "self-winding": the movement of the wearer's wrist winds the watch.

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  • The movement is thicker as it is self-winding, but is still sleek at 2. 45mm.

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  • Everyone has their own definition of what constitutes a "slim watch," but a rough rule of thumb is less than 2mm thick for a manual-winding movement, and less than 2. 5mm thick for a self-winding movement, with an overall case height of 6mm or less.

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  • This watch is only 5. 25mm thick — very slight for a self-winding watch.

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