What is a watch winder and how does it work?
A watch winder is a device that provides automatic watches with energy by rotating them slowly. If you do not wear an automatic watch, it will stop after 32-42 hours. Automatic watches wind up automatically by wearing them. You can also wind them up and provide them with energy by rotating the crown of the watch. A watch winder simulates the wearing of a watch so that the spring in the automatic movement remains tense and the watch keeps running. You do not have to reset the time, date and other functions of the watch.
A good watch winder always functions in a program. After rotating for a few minutes, the watch winder pauses for a while before starting the rotation again. This cycle repeats itself time after time again. The pause relieves the spring of the automatic movement inside the watch, as is the case with normal wearing of a watch. After all, you and therefore your watch, are not constantly in motion. Thanks to the simulation of wrist movement, the automatic watch continues to be supplied with energy and keeps running smoothly.
Do I need a watch winder?
A watch winder offers several advantages. Not only do all automatic watches continue to run correctly on time, it also ensures that the crown does not have to be opened and closed for constantly setting the time, date and/or other functions. The crown is one of the most vulnerable parts of a watch and by using a watch winder you do not have to open and close it all the time. This prevents risk of damage to the watch.
Functionality is the most important characteristic of a watch winder. The watch winder ensures that all watches are supplied with energy and can therefore be worn immediately. It saves time and effort. In addition, watch winders are more and more beautifully designed, making them real eye catchers. The design and looks of a watch winder are paramount as well, thereby it's a handy and nice addition to a watch collection.
By storing the automatic watches in a watch winder you also offer safety to your watches. Most watch winders can be closed and the watches inside are therefore less likely to be exposed to dust, condensation and for example children's hands. In addition, you have the entire collection in one place, which gives you a good overview of your watches.
Is a watch winder bad for automatic watches?
No, a watch winder is a handy and functional accessory for an automatic watch. The watch winder offers many advantages and a good unit is extremely safe to use. A good watch winder has "overwind" protection by making use of moments of rest while winding. In addition, every modern automatic watch also has a built-in mechanism to prevent overwinding Because of this there are two mechanisms that make a watch winder extremely safe for winding automatic watches. Given the many advantages described above, a watch winder has a positive influence.
Which watch winder do I need?
We apply the rule that 90% of all automatic watches are clockwise wound up at 900 TPD (rotations per day). This has to do with the movement used by the watch brand inside the watch. Different automatic movements require different winding requirements. So there are exceptions, because there are also automatic watches that are wound counterclockwise on 600 TPD. Or watches that are wound clockwise and counter-clockwise on 900 TPD. All our watch winders, regardless of brand/model, offer perfect winding for every automatic watch. Most watch winders in our collection offer the possibility to adjust each individual rotor based on direction of rotation and TPD. This allows you to set each watch individually, regardless of brand or model. There are also various databases available online where you can look up an automatic watch and then see the desired settings.
Where do I buy the best watch winders?
Our advice is to always buy from a specialist. We have more than 15 years of experience in the field of watch winders and are official dealers of more than 15 watch winder brands such as Swiss Kubik, Orbita and Benson. As an official dealer, we offer the latest collections, best brands and a wide range of prices and materials. In addition, as an official dealer we offer certainty and a clear guarantee. After all, if something is wrong with the watch winder you can always come back to us for help, advice, service and/or repair.
Which watch winder brands do you recommend?
There are several good watch winder brands available. We advise you to buy a brand that is well known, has a wide collection and uses reliable technology. Avoid Amazon, Ebay and Alibaba. Here you will find mostly unbranded Chinese products whose electronics and motors are of dubious quality. The noise level, power consumption and the motors are often aspects that are considerably worse than with renowned watch winder brands. Often a cheap purchase then leads to an expensive purchase. Do you want a good watch winder especially for a beautiful collection of automatic watches?