Considerations For Your Next Watch Winder
If you are looking for a simple and safe way to store your automatic (or even manual) wrist watch, here’s a few considerations to take into account before you make your purchase:
Motor Type: By and far the most prevalent motor type that top-rated watch winders have come to rely on is the highly touted Japanese Mabuchi motors. With their ability to emit very little in the way of sound as the watch is wound, watch collectors from all across the world have come to rely on this motor type.
Proprietary motors, like that found in the Swiss KubiK do give the Japanese Mabuchi motors a run for their money, but often do command a much higher price tag.
Winders: There are a few items to note when it comes to the number of winders within a case. First and foremost, should you wear a watch that is 45mm in width, some watch winders may be a bit narrow to fit your entire collection. Therefore, you will want to check the manufactures website or product detail page for further information on dimensions between winders.
Another consideration when it comes to winders will be your current collection size. If you find yourself enamored by collecting automatic watches we would highly recommend that you get an a watch winder with at minimum one or two additional winders for future storage options.
However, if you don’t mind resetting your watches regularly or simply don’t have ample amount of storage space (especially if you live in a urban area like NYC where space is at a premium), then a single winder can definitely suffice.
Dimensions: As we just briefly eluded to above, you will want to take note of the dimensions for each one of the watch winders. While many men may store theirs on top of their dressers, there are a fair share of men who like to store them near their nightstand to double as a regular clock (if you do plan on storing on your nightstand, be sure to get a winder with a Japanese Mabuchi motor as they likely won’t wake you from sleep).
Speed Settings: When examining each one of the watch winders, you will notice instantly that manufacturers will have a setting called TPD or Turns Per Day. This is referring to how many times the watch winder will make a full turn in any 24 hour period.
Most watches on the market will recommend around a 700 TPD setting for accurate time keeping.
However, as you will quickly discover, many of the watch winders featured in this article will have variable settings allowing you to either decrease or increase the TPDs.
To determine the best TPD setting for your watch, check with your manufacturer for further details.
Common Misconceptions About Watch Winders
From having a watch winder break your coveted automatic watch to inaccurate time-keeping, here are common questions that watch enthusiast have when it comes to purchasing an automatic watch winder:
Q: Will my watch be ‘over wound’ if I leave it on the automatic watch winder for too long?
A: Contrary to popular belief, quality watch winders won’t ‘over wind’ your watch. Automatic watches are constructed with a fail-safe mechanism to prevent them from being over wound. Therefore, should you leave your watch on a winder for several days, you shouldn’t notice any degradation of performance.
With that being said, the fail-safe mechanism found within automatic watches like anything mechanical, can wear down with time. Therefore, should you plan on not wearing your watch for months on end, its likely better for the watch to remain in storage than on a winder.
Q: Should I get a battery operated or AC power operated watch winder?
Without a doubt, AC power operated watch winders will be the best option over the long run.
With battery operated winders, unless their is a component held within the case to keep the battery operating at a consistent power output, the winder will slowly degrade as the power from the battery drains. This will provide less torque to the automatic watch and ultimately give inaccurate time towards the batteries end of life.
Contrary, a watch winder like the Heiden Monaco Single Watch Winder is perfect with it’s dual power option for those men who prefer to take their winder on the road with them.
Q: Which winding cycle is best for my watch? Once a day for several hours or several short sessions for 24 hours?
Undoubtedly, the best option would be to purchase a watch winder that makes intermittent turns throughout a 24 hour period.
The reason for this is that the main spring of the watch will remain wound at the same torque keeping accurate time for your favorite watch. A winder that only runs for a few hours and then stops will make your watch slowly lose its accuracy over time – leading to constant resets every few days.