A watch winder is a device that is designed to keep automatic watches, also known as self-winding watches, running when they are not being worn. Automatic watches rely on the natural movement of the wearer’s wrist to wind the internal spring that powers the watch. When an automatic watch is not worn for an extended period of time, it can stop running and require manual winding to start again.
Some watch winders also come with additional features, such as multiple winding modes and programmable settings to accommodate different watch brands and models.
Watch winders are an investment that can last for many years, but like any other device, they require proper maintenance to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Here are some tips to help you maintain your watch winder:
- Clean the watch winder regularly: Dust and debris can accumulate on the exterior of the watch winder and inside the watch holder, which can affect the performance of your timepiece. Use a soft cloth to wipe down the exterior and a small brush to clean the watch holder.
- Keep the watch winder away from direct sunlight and heat: Exposure to direct sunlight and heat can cause damage to the watch winder and your timepiece. Keep it in a cool and dry place, away from any heat sources.
- Avoid overloading the watch winder: Overloading the watch winder can put additional strain on the motor and affect its performance. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for the maximum number of watches that can be safely accommodated.
- Use the right settings for your watch: Different watches require different winding settings, so make sure you set your watch winder to the correct TPD (turns per day) and direction for your timepiece. Check the watch manual or consult a professional if you’re unsure.
- Lubricate the motor periodically: The motor in your watch winder requires lubrication to maintain optimal performance. Check the manufacturer’s instructions for recommended lubrication intervals and use a suitable lubricant.
Watch winders are often used by watch collectors and enthusiasts who own multiple automatic watches and want to ensure they are always running and ready to wear. They can also be helpful for people who wear their automatic watch infrequently or want to maintain the accuracy and longevity of their timepiece.