WHAT IS A WATCH WINDER?
A watch winder is a device used to keep automatic watches wound when they are not being worn. Automatic watches operate on the principle of winding themselves using a weight inside the watch. The weight swings and rotates while the watch is worn and turns the mechanism inside the watch. If the watch is not being worn, then it will no longer receive the power this way and will eventually run down. Although all automatic watches can be manually wound, this is not always convenient
DO I NEED A WATCH WINDER?
If you have several automatic watches or don’t use your automatic watches everyday, then you definitely need a watch winder. Automatic watches are designed to store their mainspring energy for at least 24 hours. When the reserved power runs out, it has to be wound by hand. Otherwise, the timepiece will lose the time, day and date and any other function that has been programmed. An automatic watch unused in a drawer for long periods of time causes lubricants in these complex mechanisms to dry up from critical areas of the movement. This drying up process creates accelerated wear on the movement parts when the watch is occasionally worn thereby affecting accuracy and, in some cases, causing unnecessary damage to the fine mechanics.
1. A watch winder will provide convenience and time saving benefits. Your timepiece will be wound and ready to wear . Thus, it is easier to maintain especially with various complications such as perpetual calendars and moon – phases.
2. A watch will reduce wear and tear on your mechanism and costly repair bills
3. A watch winder will enhance the mechanical life of your watch
WHAT ARE THE TOP 3 THINGS THAT I MUST CONSIDER BEFORE BUYING A WATCH WINDER?
1 – Rotation Direction – Clockwise or anti – clockwise rotation to be more specific. Most watches can be in either direction. However, there are a few watches that have to be in one direction only. To know more on which winder is supposedly for your watch, check the user manual of your watch.
2 – Programmable Features – Programmed timed operations are a very important feature for a watch winder. Though these models cost slightly more, they will save wear and tear on your winder and on your watch. If you decide to buy one without a time, I strongly recommend that you purchase a small appliance timer at your local hardware store that has dual program. Generally, the timers for the watch winder should be set for 3 hours of operation and 9 hours of rest.
3 – Battery Operated Watch Winders – All ORIENT CROWN winders come with an AC/DC adapter. Some models are also available with battery operation. This feature is very desirable if you store your watch in a safe or in a location you plan to display your winder that is not close to an outlet.
4 – Number of winders – When choosing a winder you may want to be sure the winder with rotation control options. Look to see if each winders rotates individually or all winders rotate at the same time.
CAN A WATCH WINDER OVER - WIND MY WATCH?
No. Today’s automatic watches are manufactured with movements that will disengage once the mainspring is fully wound. But it is possible to over – stress your watch, if you don’t periodically allow your watch to rest between cycles. An over – stressed mechanism could eventually shorten the life of your watch. When choosing a winder, a built – in timer or an external timer can eliminate this issue.
HOW LONG WILL AN AUTOMATIC WATCH RUN WHEN UNWORN?
Most automatic watches will run from 42 to 60 hours before stopping. Thus, Most automatic watches require 500 to 800 TPD although there are others with longer power reserves that need 1300 TPD
WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN AC AND DC POWERED WATCH WINDERS?
Both types use electrical motors. The difference is how the motor gets its power. AC units plug into a wall outlet. A DC powered watch winder is portable and can be easily moved from place to place. DC powered winders can also run on AC by using an AC/DC adapter which plugs into a wall outlet
CAN MY WATCH GET MAGNETIZED ON A WATCH WINDER?
Strong magnetic interference can make some watches run fast, requiring a demagnetizer to correct them. Automatic watches and their movements are not affected by the magnetic fields generated by the watch winder motor. This magnetic field is so small that it has no bearing on the watch and its movement. Furthermore, all modern automatic watches are made up of non – magnetic material such as titanium, brass, stainless steel, etc. Consequently, they are non – magnetic and unaffected by close proximity to magnetic fields.
- Mechanical watch – one that derives its power from a tightly coiled mainspring which is housed in a drum or barrel within the watch. As the spring unwinds, it provides the power for the gear train escapement, balance wheel, and other components that make the watch work. This has to be manually hand wound everyday.
- Automatic watch – a special type of mechanical watch which is would by the movement of the wearer’s wrist. The motion causes a rotary pendulum or rot or inside the watch to rotate or oscillate and wind the mainspring. The term “self – winding” even is misnomer, it is meant by wearing by the user or hand – wound in order to operate
- Quartz watch – a battery operated watch
- TPD (Turns Per Day) – Number of turns of the internal rotor that is required each day to keep the particular watch wound.