The Best Automatic Watch Winders – Do You Need One?

In the world of fashion accessories there is nothing quite as satisfying as owning an automatic watch. The smooth motion of the hands sweeping around the face is a sight to behold, especially after emigrating from the stiff motion of a quartz, its guarantee of time accuracy across decades without the need of the annoying battery change and of course the satisfaction of owning something that has been crafted to perfection.

However, as with most things there is a ‘but’ and in this case the dreaded achilles heel of self winding watches is what happens if they’ve have been left alone for a handful of days. When unworn, an automatic watch comes to a standstill, without the constant movement of a human hand swinging the internal pendulum creating the power needed to keep the watch awake. This of course is only temporary and upon wearing the watch or manually winding, the piece will kick start into action once again. But this is wherein lies the problem, the time and date on the watch will be incorrect, so then you have to go through the painstaking effort to re-set the time. If you only wear the watch on certain days or occasions, or own multiple automatic wrist watches, this can be a time (pun, intended) consuming problem. This is wear the watch winders come into play.

What is a watch winder? The idea behind them is you can set your precious time piece inside the device, usually in a cube like design. They will spin and rotate in circular motions emulating the movement when worn on a wrist, thus operating the self winding mechanism without the need of its owner. So next time when you’re about to step out at the weekend you can just grab your favourite watch without fear it’ll be days and hours out of time. There are more than a few different designs to choose as well as various degrees of prices.

The relatively cheaper end of the scale are winders that just spin the same way continuously. This will of course do the job, but it’s alleged that the same motion can have a negative effect over time. Further up the scale there are winders which have a dynamic spinning motion, offering a multitude of directions to give a more natural motion to the movements of the watch. Many winders have a timer, so that there is no risk of the watch being overwound. This is just a precaution as automatic watches have a fail safe to disengage the mechanism to stop any damage occurring, but it is nice to have that extra feature on your winder.

The top end of watch winders are reserved for those with the deepest of pockets, the brand Dottling is at the forefront with outstanding designs to match the superb craftsmanship, many of which are produced in very limited numbers to add to the exclusivity. Finally there are winders which have extra slots for more watches, some having up to 7 spaces and beyond for those fortunate enough to own multiple automatic watches. A multi slot winder would then be invaluable as you can flaunt a different watch every day of the week without any worry.

Some stockists that have a large selection of watch winders are Lane CrawfordNordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Here is a selection of our favourite 5 watch winders.

Wolf Meridan Watch Winder

Wolf Meridan Watch Winder

Dottling Gyrowinder Limited Edition Watch Winder

Dottling Gyrowinder Limited Edition Watch Winder

Wolf Meridian Triple Watch Winder

Wolf Meridian Triple Watch Winder

Wolf Lacquer Cub Watch Winder

Wolf Lacquer Cub Watch Winder

Dottling Colosimo The Spike Limited Edition Watch Winder

Dottling Colosimo The Spike Limited Edition Watch Winder And Safe