Before getting into the details about watch winders, let’s briefly talk about automatic watches. In short, an automatic watch is a timepiece that you don’t have to wind yourself by rotating a dial. Instead, they have tiny weights that are pulled by gravity as the individual is moving. Those weights twist and turn until the watch is properly wound. Thus automatic watches are able to wind themselves if they are strapped to an arm that is moving throughout the day.
A watch winder is a mechanical device that simulate the arm movement, ensuring that your watch keep accurate time even when you’re not wearing it. In addition, some experts claims a watch winder could extend the life of the watch because the parts are consistently oiled.
When you start shopping for a watch winder, you’ll find that many of them are just as elaborate and decorative as the timepiece itself. Some have a glass window so you can see the watch as its rotating, while others are made of polished and inlaid wood. This is beneficial for those who have more than one watch and want to keep them visible but protected from dust. In addition, make sure the model you choose has an adjustable handle, so it can hold a variety of watch sizes.
While the majority of watch winders are battery powered, there are some that actually have an AC adapter that you plug into the wall. Some watch winders do make a low humming noise, so you might want to find a location away from your bed to keep it.
Choosing The Best Watch Winder For Your Needs
So, now when you have an idea what a watch winder is, you’ll need to figure out if you actually need one, and which one will be the best watch winder for your specific needs.
Some believe the watch you wear speaks volumes about who you are. Chances are, it’s one of the few accessories you wear on a daily basis. In addition, society has made watches an ultimate status symbol. These days, when it comes to choosing a watch, there are so many different options available. Some people may call them complications. Therefore, you must make sure you pay attention to the type of watch you choose – so you can determine if you’ll need a watch winder, and if so, what type you’ll need.
Mechanical VS Quartz Watches
In order to figure out what type of movement your watch has, all you need to do is pay attention to the second hand as it’s moving. If you have a quartz (battery) watch you’ll notice a ticking motion as the second hand moves around the face. Usually these timepieces keep decent time and are quite accurate. In addition, they don’t require a whole lot of maintenance besides changing the battery every few years. If you have a quartz timepiece, you don’t need to invest in a watch winder. The battery provides all the power it needs and you don’t need anything extra.
On the other hand, if the second hand has a smooth movement around the face, you have a mechanical timepiece. A timepiece with this type of movement doesn’t run on batteries. Instead, mechanical timepieces fall into one of two categories: automatic or manual. One of those will require a watch winder.
Manual Mechanical Watches
If your watch has manual mechanical movements, you don’t need to invest in a watch winder. In order for a manual watch to continue to run, you’ll need to wind it by hand – hence the name manual. There’s a tiny spring in manual watches that stores the energy created when being wound by hand. This tiny spring then transfers the energy to the rest of the gears and springs throughout the watch. Depending on your watch, it may need to be wound every day or about once a week. If you have a manual watch, you might want to get into the habit of winding it every morning when you put it on.
So how can you determine if you have a manual mechanical watch? Flip your watch over and look at the back. If the back cover is clear so you can see all of the parts that make it tick, you probably have a manual watch. However, even if you can’t see the inside, you can tell it’s a manual watch if it ever stops running when it’s on your wrist.
Automatic Mechanical Watches
If you can only see some of the parts, and the back has a more solid piece covering it, you’re probably looking at an automatic watch. But keep in mind that solid back covers are much more prevalent than clear ones, so the type of back cover is not always an indicator. Try to find a label that states “automatic” somewhere. Or gently shake the watch to see if you can feel the rotor moving.
If you have an automatic watch, a watch winder is a necessity to make sure your watch remains in working order and keeps accurate time. You can find watch winders in a variety of designs and styles. If you have only one automatic watch, a single watch winder will be able to meet your needs perfectly. On the other hand, if you have more than one automatic watch, you can find a watch winder to display them all. For example here are our guides for buying a double watch winder, triple watch winder or multi/quad watch winder. If you’re not sure what type you need, we recommend that you first read our article how to buy the best watch winder for your exact needs.
A watch winder is a great tool for anyone who wears an automatic watch. This way, you can ensure that your watches are kept in great condition- plus, it doubles as a display case for when you’re not wearing it. Regardless of the type of watch you wear, when you invest a little time and attention to it, you can enjoy it for many years.
Maintenance and Care
If you recently bought a watch you must understand that in order for it to last a long time, you’ll need to take proper care of it. Here are some tips on maintenance and care of your watch:
1. Wear it regularly
If you believe that storing your watch will keep it in pristine, perfect-running condition, you need to rethink that opinion. The truth is, wearing it will keep it running properly. So, if you want to care for your watch, keep in mind that wearing is caring.
When you wear a watch, the gears stay lubricated. See, when a watch is left in the box or stuck in a drawer the lubricants tend to firm up. Resulting in friction- eventually leading to damages to the gears inside the watch.
If you don’t wear your watch that often, you should invest in a decent watch winder. This will ensure that your watch keeps working, even if you don’t wear it.
When it comes to the care and maintenance of your watch winder, you’ll have to pay attention to the directions that come with it. They will typically outline what you should and shouldn’t do to your watch winder.
2. Keep it Clean
A good, fancy watch needs to be cleaned occasionally. Especially if you wear your watch a lot. There are lots of places on your watch where grease and dirt can accumulate: around the lens, in the area between the bezel and the case, and many others. Here are a few steps how to properly clean your watch:
- Separate the bracelet/band from the case.
- Place the band/bracelet in a container of warm water with some mild dish detergent. If you have a leather band, you’ll want to place it in a container of warm water with white vinegar. Leather cleaner will work as well.
- Depending upon the amount of dirt/debris on your band/bracelet, you may only need a few minutes of soaking time if there’s just a light buildup. On the other hand, if the dirt/debris is heavy, you may need a few hours of soaking time.
- Once you have allowed the band/bracelet to soak for the proper amount of time, you can scrub it with a soft-bristled brush to loosen any stuck-on dirt.
- Using clean water, rinse the band/bracelet until all dirt is removed. Then, use a cloth to dry it off. In order to keep it from mildewing, make sure that you dry out all of the moisture.
- As soon as the watch is dry, you can put it all back together and put it back on your wrist.
In addition to this deep cleaning process, there are some other ways you clean your watch on a daily basis. Take the time to wipe it down with a lint-free cloth. You should also avoid using too much lotions, colognes, or perfumes. These things end up getting caught in your wrist, leading to the buildup of dirt.
3. Take the Time to Wind Your Watch
You are probably aware that your watch must be wound. If you leave your watch unwound, it could end up malfunctioning which can become expensive.
- Automatic Watch
If you own a self-winding watch and you’re not wearing it, it will keep running for about 48 hours before the power goes into reserve mode. To get it running again, simply wind the watch by turning the crown in a clockwise direction a few times. Then, set the time like you normally would. As a general rule, it’s a good idea to turn the watch about 30 times the first time you put it on. Keep in mind that an automatic watch has a clutch that will disengage the mechanism that winds the watch, so it’s not possible to overwind it.
If you must store your watch for some time, you’ll want to consider investing in the best watch winder you’ll find to keep it wound when you’re not wearing it. As mentioned, storing it unwound can cause it to malfunction.
- Manual Watch
On the other hand, if you own a manual watch, it’s a good idea to wind it at the same time every day before you put it on. Depending upon the make of your watch, the winding that it will need varies. Some must be worn every day and others can be wound every few days. When you wind the watch, stop if you feel any resistance. A manual watch can be wound too much.
As you can see, if you have a manual mechanical watch, a watch winder is definitely a must-have accessory. This way, your watch will remain in working order. You can find watch winders in a variety of styles and designs. Some hold one watch while others hold several watches. You can get clear watch winders to display your watch – or you can get a solid one that just keeps it wound for you.
Investing a bit of money in the best watch winder for your specific needs will ensure that your watch stays pristine and in good working order for many years to come.
PS Check out this blog post for tips about budget watch winders.