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What Does A Watch Winder Do, And What Else Can They Offer?

Published: July 24th, 2017
Categories: Watch Winders

Whether you like collecting wrist watches, or you own a watch that you do not wear often, it is a good idea to buy what is called a watch winder. You may think of them as just displays or cases for your watch, but they certainly do something very important for you as well.

A watch winder is a device that is used to keep your wrist watch running when you do not wear it. Without a watch winder, you will notice that your watch will be off by several minutes every day. A proper watch winder can prevent that from happening - it will maintain accuracy of your watch for a long time. However, you must take the watch out and put it back in the watch winder at fixed times of the day, to keep it from being over or underwound.

Typical watches without use of a watch winder has the mainspring only would in between one half to six tenths (50 to 60 percent). A wrist watch should run at the top three quarters (75 percent) in its mainspring at all times, when you are either wearing it, or have it in a volta watch winder, so that the clutch does not wear out as fast. For automatic watches, their mainsprings need to run at the top four fifths to nine tenths (80 to 90 percent).

The best watch winders need the precise number of TPD, simply turns per day. TPD is how many revolution, or times the watch is spun around in a 24 hour time span. Depending on the watch you have, there is a number of turns per day needed to adjust the time precisely every time. Too many turns per day, and the watch may wear out quicker. Too little turns per day, and it does not wind to the correct time.

The default setting for volta watch winders is around 650 turns per day, which is ideal for most watches. However, there are watch winders in which there are multiple options for setting the TPD by yourself, which makes it possible for them to wind any kind of watch.

If your watch winder is set at the optimal settings, and you put your wrist watch in it that isn't fully wound, the watch winder will not be able to wind it up fully for you. It is important for you to wind the watch up first by yourself, and then put it inside the winder, so you can enjoy your watch at the correct tension.

Many premium watch winders have their very own power reserves that keep the watch going for a period of time when you do not wear it. These winders will allow you to set a time to start winding the watch, and the winder will then delay itself until it is time for the watch to start winding.

Another feature for premium watch winders include the option to turn the watch in a specific direction. Most watches can be wound bi-directionally, but other watches can only be wound in a clockwise or counter clockwise direction, so having that kind of control might be important for a certain watch that you own.

Watch winders of decent quality should be quiet as it winds your wrist watch. If your watch winder's motor is loud or is producing unusual noises as it is winding your watch, you should have a warranty that comes with the watch winder from the company that made it. But a great watch winder should be able to handle your watches for a long time.

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