Whether you have one watch or eight, a watch winder is the perfect accessory to keep your automatic watch operating properly between uses.
As you can see in our table below, automatic watch winders come with different options including the case size, number of slots for your watches, how many Turns Per Day (TPD) it can perform, along with directional settings when winding.
While we would love to tell you which watch winder is the absolute best, we would be doing a disservice for our readers.
You see, every man’s collection of automatic watches is unique.
Each automatic watch has it’s own TPD recommendation.
Therefore, its imperative that you, the reader, take time to look up information about your watch(es) and see what the recommended settings are in order to keep them wound properly.
Typically a simple Google search of ‘[watch model]’ + instruction manual should lead you in the right direction.
With that being said, there are some watch winders that offer a wide array of settings that should satisfy most, if not all, of your automatic watches between wearing.
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Comparing The Best Watch Winders Of 2020
|NAME||WINDERS||MOTOR TYPE||SPEED SETTINGS||DIRECTIONAL SETTINGS|
|CHIYODA Automatic Double Watch Winder||2||Japanese Mabuchi||6||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|Diplomat Black Double Watch Winder||2||Japanese Mabuchi||4||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|Diplomat Crocodile-Print Single Automatic Watch Travel Winder||1||Japanese Mabuchi||1||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|Heiden Monaco Single Watch Winder||1||Japanese Mabuchi||4||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|JQUEEN White Automatic Watch Winder||2||Japanese Mabuchi||4||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|OLYMBROS Wooden Quad Automatic Watch Winder||4||Japanese Mabuchi||5||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|Paul Design Double Watch Winder with Three-Watch Storage||2||Proprietary||Variable||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|Rapport London Wood Watch Winder||1||Proprietary||1||Rotator Swings|
|Swiss KubiK Master Collection Swiss Watch Winder||1||Proprietary||1||Bi-Directional|
|Versa Automatic Single Watch Winder with Sliding Cover||1||Japanese Mabuchi||3||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|Volta Cambridge Wood Watch Winder||6||Japanese Mabuchi||4||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|Wolf Cub Single Watch Winder||1||Proprietary||1||Bi-Directional|
|Wolf Heritage Double Watch Winder||2||Proprietary||3||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
|Wolf Viceroy Single Watch Winder with Cover and Storage||1||Proprietary||Variable||Clockwise, Counter Clockwise, Bi-Directional|
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:
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.
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.
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).
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.
Best Watch Winders For Automatic Watches of 2020 Reviewed
Letting an automatic watch just sit and collect dust only ensures that you will have to wind it manually when you put it on again.
You could occasionally wiggle the watch, but that takes time and dedication. The Wolf single watch winder is ideal if you have only one watch that you wear semi-regularly, and you don’t want to have to hassle with rewinding it every single time.
This winder features a TPD speed of 900, and it rotates clockwise, counterclockwise, or a combination of both depending on what your watch needs.
The watch holder clicks into the turning mechanism to ensure a secure grip on your watch as it spins, so you are guaranteed to get your watch wound by using this device. Because it only charges one watch, it doesn’t take up a whole lot of space, and it is quiet enough to put on a bedside table at night.
It works through a 3V AC adapter cable (which is included) or through battery power, depending on what you need.
If you own two or more automatic watches, you know it’s important to keep them properly wound or else you end up with inaccurate readings. Using a motorized pedestal such as the one in the WOLF Heritage watch winder does this job nicely, and it can wind up to two different watches at the same time.
This box features a faux leather exterior with a clear glass window to view your watches. It also has programmable knobs to adjust the rotation, as well as three pre-set settings such as intermittent rotation and sleep.
You can program the different dials to both move in one direction (clockwise or counter clockwise) or you can program them to be bi-directional, ideal for watches that need two different winding directions.
It’s a moderately sized box at 10 inches long and 7 inches wide, but it isn’t so big that it won’t fit on a dresser top.
The motor can be battery powered, or you can power it exclusively through the AC adapter cord. In case of a power out, using both may be recommended to maintain your programmed settings.
It is also very quiet, no more than a gentle hum while it is working. Very nice to keep on your bedside or in an adjacent room.
This product focuses on winding your automatic watch the right way. With a large pillow that can hold even oversized watches, and settings to determine turn direction and turns-per-day, it is great for any kind of watch you may have.
This product is installed with a super quiet Japanese Mabuchi motor, a powerful motor known for its silent operation. This makes the watch winder suitable for use in the bedroom as it will not make much noise. The plexi-glass window allows for easy viewing of your watch, so you know whether or not it is done turning.
This watch winder has settings for 650, 950, 1250, and 1850 turns per day, and it rotates clockwise or counterclockwise.
Unfortunately, there is no option to have it switch between the two. It is a very simple watch winder with easy to understand instructions, and it is extremely effective at what it does. For the price, the quality is superb and it does exactly what you need it to do.
Every automatic watch needs to be wound a certain way to ensure longevity of your timepiece.
Many dual watch winders only go one way or the other for both watches, which is fine if both of your watches need to co clockwise or counterclockwise.
However, if one watch has to go clockwise and another watch has to go counterclockwise, you run into a problem.
The CHIYODA double watch winder solves this problem by allowing you to customize each motor to rotate one way or the other. Both dials can go the same way, or they can rotate in opposite directions simultaneously.
This ensures that your watches are wound no matter their needs.
The LCD touch pad allows you to customize how you want your watches to spin, and for how long. If your watch requires a very specific amount of spins, you can program the watch winder to do that for you.
The motors are exceptionally quiet, and the case is very handsome; it’s an ideal object to put in the bedroom while you sleep. In addition to being fully customizable, the pillows are designed to hold any kind of watch with any size watch face, including oversized watches.
Highly rated as a very good quality watch winder.
If you wear a fancy automatic watch, you understand that motion keeps it running.
If you don’t wear your watch for a long period of time, you may find that your watch slowly becomes less and less accurate. Automatic watch winders such as the Diplomat serve to keep your watches accurate even while not in use.
This wood finished counter-top accessory is big enough to hold up to 5 watches, and can wind 2 watches simultaneously.
It has 4 different winding settings that direct the turntable to spin clockwise or counter-clockwise and then rest, and it is all powered through the included AC power cable or through batteries.
It’s a fantastic tool to have if you aren’t a dedicated watch wearer.
The motor is extremely silent, which allows you to keep it in your bedroom easily. Of course, if you are worried about the noise, it does have a long running setting that winds continuously for 3 hours before shutting off for 9 hours.
This setting ensures that when you go to sleep at night, the motor isn’t running for long. The large front window on the box allows you to watch your watches as they spin so that you can pick out any issues right away.
Larger faced watches may have some trouble fitting in the box side-by-side.
This dual powered watch winder is affordable with numerous features to allow you to wind your watch appropriately.
It has 4 turn settings: 650, 950, 1250, and 1850 that cover most commercially available watches. It also has settings to turn clockwise, counterclockwise, or both, depending on your watch’s preference.
These 12 settings together ensure that your watch does not become over-wound over time. The materials that this watch winder is made out of are also designed to be long lasting as well as fashionable.
The pillow accepts both small and large wristbands; using the pillow lengthwise will allow you to set larger watches. The unit is powered by either batteries or the included AC adapter for maximum flexibility.
With the ultra-quiet Japanese motor, you can even put it in your bedroom to work while you sleep. Overall, it’s a very small and functional piece that does exactly what you need it to effectively. For the price, you can’t really go wrong.
Automatic watches need to be moved continually if they are to stay on time.
Leaving them idle for several days at a time often causes the watches to slow or stop completely. Automatic watch winders like the JQUEEN are designed to wind your watches while you aren’t wearing them, ensuring that they are ready to use when you are ready to use them.
This particular model of watch winder is able to wind two watches at once, perfect if you have two or three watches that you wear regularly.
This watch winder works with a silent Japanese motor to reduce the amount of noise while it is running.
The winder has 4 settings that alternate between clockwise and counterclockwise for varying lengths of time, with rests between each rotation time.
Besides this dial, it cannot be customized further. The pillows that the watches rest on are not very big, so men with large wrists may have some trouble keeping the watch from slipping off if it is not adjustable. Its 7”x7”, great for small to medium sized watch faces.
Larger watches may have some problems due to how close the watch pillows are. Other than that, it is a very good quality watch winder that works without too many issues.
You have watches; specifically, you own multiple automatic watches.
These particular watches need to be in motion fairly regularly to continue working. The best way to do this is with automatic watch winders, and many brands on the market feature the ability to wind two watches at once.
Paul Design’s dual watch winder is simple in design, but it is so much more than a basic motorized watch winder.
For starters, it features a LCD display that lets you see exactly what you’ve programmed the motor to do. Whether you want a clockwise or counter-clockwise rotation, or you need bi-directional rotation, this display shows it all.
This winder also has space to hold three additional watches, so if you are a gentleman with innumerable watches and nowhere to store them, this watch box will store 5 watches with the added benefit of winding 2 of them.
It’s handy if you regularly change watches from day to day. It’s ultra quiet, meaning it emits minimal noise through the night if it sits in your bedroom.
Overall, this watch winding box is elegant and functional, and serves as a useful decoration piece on your nightstand.
This product from Swiss KubiK is both a piece of art and a functional watch winder. It features a single watch winder at 1900 turns per day, 950 turns clockwise and 950 turns counterclockwise.
It also features a USB outlet so that you can program your own settings into the cube to adjust your settings to your preference.
It’s a very innovative watch winder that works better than expected. Because it is Swiss manufacturing, you know it has to be a quality product.
The only sticking point with this product is the price. At almost $1,000, it’s a bit pricey for just a single watch winder.
Fortunately, you would definitely be getting your money’s worth, as the battery life on this product exceeds three years, and the motor is exceptionally quiet.
With the option to program your cube the way your watch needs it, it is worth the money. It is also very small, and can be placed almost anywhere without taking up too much room.
Worth it? Also yes.
This single automatic watch winder is sleek and handsome, while also being a good quality watch winder.
It does have multiple settings for winding your automatic watch, but it as far as single watch winders go, it does have some competition.
For starters, this watch winder only has three turns-per-day settings (650, 850, and 1050).
While this isn’t necessarily a limiting factor, other watch winders have more diverse settings to cover more watch manufacturers.
With that being said, this winder will still accurately wind most commercial watches.
It turns both clockwise and counterclockwise, with the option to have it turn bi-directional.
Depending on what your watch requires, this winder has all of the applicable settings to ensure that you are winding your watch the right way. The Versa watch winder is easy to set up for optimal watch winding.
Due to its small size, it’s great for travel as it will easily fit in your luggage, or even in your carry-on.
Take it wherever you need to be to keep your watch running on time. The sliding cover protects your watch from dust and scratches, and is easy to move around to take your watch out. The pillow is easily removed, and can hold many different sized watches.
Automatic watches lose time if they are not kept wound.
Leaving them idle for days at a time only guarantees that you will have to wind them manually when you eventually wear them again, and whether that’s days, weeks, or even months, it’s a hassle.
The Versa watch winder ensures that you won’t have to correct your watches nearly as often. This watch winder spins clockwise, counterclockwise, or a combination of both to mimic the natural movements of your wrist. Besides winding your automatic watches, it also serves as a nice place to display them when you aren’t using them.
The plastic shield will protect your watches from dust, and also allows you to watch them turn.
This model supports a broad range of watch face sizes, from very small to large, and there is no chance of your watches rubbing together as the pedestals are nicely far apart.
While it is not the biggest contender on the watch winding market, it is certainly still a viable option if you are looking for something that is sleek and effective.
The Volta Cambridge watch winder is handsomely finished with numerous features that make it amazing to use for all of your automatic watches.
For starters, it has programmable motors to ensure that your watches rotate the way they need to be in order to wind effectively.
An LCD screen lets you see exactly what you are setting, and the different settings for your turns-per-day are also clearly visible.
There is an LED light that lights up your watches, so you can see even in the dark what watches you are putting on. It also adds considerable style to this phenomenal product.
It takes up about the same amount of space as a 4 watch winder, sitting at 14 inches long by 8 inches deep, and 11 inches high.
This makes it ideal for nightstands, as it does not take up a lot of room. You may want to put it near an outlet, as this unit can only be plugged in; there is no battery power to speak of.
Some watch winders don’t take into account larger and heavier automatic watches also need to be wound up in order to work.
As a result, finding a winder for your automatic watch can be difficult. The Wolf Viceroy watch winder had got you covered, with the ability to snap and lock your oversized watches into place to prevent slipping.
This watch winder features an LCD display, chrome knobs to adjust speed and rotation, and additional storage to store up to three more watches that can be locked with the included key.
One of the knobs control whether you want the watches to rotate clockwise, counterclockwise, or bidirectional, according to what your watch needs.
The other controls the speed, or the turns-per-day, ranging from 300 to 1,200 turns. Again, dependent on what your watch needs; too many turns will result in over-winding your watch which reduces its lifespan.
The LCD display lights up every time a knob is touched, and will stay lit for ten seconds after you have released the knob.
This is ideal for low light conditions if you set the rotations to go off at night. The additional storage for three more watches is ideal if you switch out what watches you wear on a daily basis.
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:
Will my watch be ‘over wound’ if I leave it on the automatic watch winder for too long?
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.
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.
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.
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