Automatic watches are attractive, expensive and highly valuable. They are unique and different from other types of watches and contain complex mechanical components. Due to these qualities, you have to afford them more care and attention.
One of the first places to start is investing in an automatic watch winder box. Below is a comprehensive overview of what you need to know about an automatic watch winder.
WHAT IS AN AUTOMATIC WATCH WINDER
A watch winder is a battery or electric powered tool that keeps automatic watches wound through rotary and vibration technology. Automatic watches run for as long as you wear them and possess a 24-72 hour power reserve. An automatic watch that you have not worn for a while will stop functioning since there is no movement.
To avoid this, you have to store it in a watch winder box. A watch winder keeps the watch in a rotation in the same manner as wearing it on your wrist. This instruments functions to keep the watch fully wound and in a "ready-to-wear" state.
IMPORTANCE OF A WATCH WINDER
Nowadays, many timepiece owners have more than one wristwatch in their collections. Automatic watches have numerous extra features aside from displaying the time. These features can include the display months, years, leap years and moon phases.
With each extra feature, a corresponding mechanism exists within the watch. Each of these mechanisms consumes energy from the mainspring and power reserve between windings. Since you cannot wear all of your automatic watches at the same time every day, you have to wind to regain functionality.
The task of winding your collection of watches on a daily basis will be tedious. An automatic watch winder provides you with the convenience of not having to hand wind and reset your automatic watches. A watch winder also helps solve the problem of oil pooling.
Watches use oil to reduce friction in the many moving components. When a watch stops, this action disrupts the even distribution of the lubricant. Constant oil pooling minimizes the watch's accuracy, damages the movement and affects its service life. A good watch winder will prevent this from happening.
PROS AND CONS OF A WATCH WINDER
As exhibited in all instruments, a watch winder has its advantages and disadvantages as listed below:
· Ensures automatic watches are accurate whether you wear them or not.
· Eliminates the inconvenience of having to hand wind unworn watches.
· It can accommodate multiple watches at the same time.
· Helps increase the service life of watches by eliminating lubricant pooling.
· It takes more space as compared to a conventional watchcase.
· Some watch winders can be quite expensive.
· Some watch winders may exert stress on the watch bracelet.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN LOOKING FOR A WATCH WINDER
1. STORAGE CAPACITY
Larger watch winders can store several watches (often 2 to 4). A large storage capacity is the recommendable option if you have a timepiece collection. A larger watch winder can also withstand bumps and shield the watches much better than smaller winders.
Consumers often overlook this criterion. Analyzing the noise, the motor of the watch winder produces is essential. Watch winders that are overly noising during operation tend to be of poor quality. It will also be unpleasant placing it in your bedroom or living room. Always go for the silent motor watch winders.
3. ROTATION DIRECTION
The ideal watch winder is one that rotates in both clockwise and counter-clockwise direction. A watch winder that turns in only one direction may cause your automatic watch's mechanism to wear over time.
When it comes to watch winders, cheap is not the best. Always avoid the very cheap winders. They tend to exert pressure on the watch and negatively affect its mechanisms and overall performance. Quality winders are often expensive but possess mechanisms that prevent overwinding thus reducing stress.