Should You Get a Watch Winder?
Automatic Watch winders are a device that rotates automatic or self-winding watches to ensure their power reserve does not deplete and keep your watch running smoothly when not in use. As you might know, automatic watches relies on the movement of the wrist to run its machinery. When you store your automatic watch in a regular box, the machinery would inevitably run out of power and shuts down, and you have to reset its complicated machinery again once you get it out of storage. Although not impossible, it is terribly inconvenient. Furthermore, if the machinery regularly shuts down, the oil lubricant inside the watch would start to harden, thus warranting a visit to the repair shop.
If you have a collection of automatic watches, you might want to consider investing in a watch winder unit. If you use it properly, a watch winder could potentially pay for itself in the long run by saving you money in costly repairs. Apart from that, by keeping your watch wound and ready, it would make it easier for you to switch between watches, saving you from winding the hour and date setting that comes with manual winding. The biggest advantage of a winder for seldom-used watches is for those with complex perpetual calendar features that may require elaborate resetting after the watch has been stopped for a while.
A watch winder is a great device for watch owners, not just because it keep your watch wound, but because it also provide a safe place to store your watches when you’re not wearing them. Most of watch winders double as display boxes so you can show off your collection.
One of the most important things that you should keep in mind is that a bad watch winder is worse than no winder at all. By design, automatic watches are meant to be worn by people. As we all know, people move in a large diversity of manners, causing a fairly even distribution of motion of the watch’s internal winding mechanism. Although the mechanisms varies, a watch winder is generally limited to a finite number of directions and types of movement, some even as little as a single motion. Thus, a poorly designed winder might cause undesirable wear of the watch’s mechanisms from repetitive and excessive movement.
Another thing that you should know is that if you have a manual watch, it does not need a winder to keep its machinery running. To run a manual watch, you only need to wind it with the help of hand winding.