Finding a the right watch winder can be overwhelming. We've compiled a list of a few common questions about watch winders.
A watch winder is a device used to keep automatic or self winding watches wound when they are not being worn. Automatic watches operate on the principle of winding themselves using a moving weight inside the watch. The weight swings or 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.
While virtually all automatic watches can be manually wound, this is not always convenient. So the concept of an automatic watch winder was born. Watch winders have been used for years by watch and jewelry repair shops to test their own repairs. Only in the last few years have winders been available for public use.
If you have an automatic or self winding watch and you don’t use it everyday, the answer is yes. If you may have more than one automatic timepiece, the answer is yes. The way an automatic or self winding watch works is the osculating weight rotates back and forth and winds the mainspring of the watch which in turn becomes power to operate the movement. Automatic watches are designed to store their mainspring energy for at least 24 hours, although most watches will last much longer.
When the watch is not used everyday, it has to be wound by hand. Otherwise, the timepiece will lose the time, day and date and any other function that have been programmed. Manual winding will require the crown of the watch to be pulled or unscrewed to set the time and all the other functions. This will reduce the life of the winding gears and destroy the threads on the tube of the crown. In addition, to reducing wear and tear of the crown system , a properly designed watch winder can help distribute the lubricating oil inside the watch evenly, in most cases.
When a watch winds down and stops, the lubricating oil inside the watch will tend to settle and clot, and lose certain extent of its viscosity over an extended period of time. However, a well maintained watch will extend the life of the timepiece. An automatic or self winding watch should be maintained every one-to three years and be brought to a reputable watch maker. Keeping your watches maintained and running will save you on costly watch repair bills and will extend the life of your watch.
Tech Swiss watch winders all have been designed to wind all automatic and self winding watches. However, there are some features that you should be aware of before you purchase a winder. Listed below are several functions that our winders offer. Choose the winder that best suits your needs.
Rotation direction - Clockwise or anti-clockwise rotation. Most watches can be wound in either direction. However, there are a few watches that have to be wound in one direction only. Please check your watch manual for additional information. Most watch winders have this option.
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.
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