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More info on winders for Automatic Watches, please also read this article
Watch winder is a device with an electric motor and one or more
rotating platforms, to automatically wind up
your watch when you are not wearing it.
A winder keeps an automatic watch running and ready to wear any
times. It also serves to keep the lubricating oil inside the moving
mechanism smoothly and evenly distributed, when you are not wearing your watch for a long period of time. A watch winder provides angular
and/or circular motion that convert the motion's kinetic energy into stored micro electrical energy,
so as to keep the watch movement running. Watch winders
are only useful if your watch is an "automatic" or "self-winding" watch; watches like Rolex, Patek
Philippe, Piaget, Tag Heuer, etc. A quartz watch does not need a watch winder.
Watch winder is a device with an electric motor and one or more rotating platforms, to automatically wind up your watch when you are not wearing it. A winder keeps an automatic watch running and ready to wear any times. It also serves to keep the lubricating oil inside the moving mechanism smoothly and evenly distributed, when you are not wearing your watch for a long period of time. A watch winder provides angular and/or circular motion that convert the motion's kinetic energy into stored micro electrical energy, so as to keep the watch movement running. Watch winders are only useful if your watch is an "automatic" or "self-winding" watch; watches like Rolex, Patek Philippe, Piaget, Tag Heuer, etc. A quartz watch does not need a watch winder.
1. Provide convenience and time
savings to watch owners, and an ease of mind that your watch is ready to wear whenever
you want, even if you do not wear the watch frequently;
An automatic watch usually has sufficient power reserve to run for only a couple to a few days, depends on the brands and the movement it uses. If you do not wear it for a few days, the watch will stop and you need to reset it and rewind it again.
For watches with complicate functions like moon phase or perpetual calendars, to reset and to rewind it could be quite a tedious task that most watch owners would like to avoid. If you have more than one watch, to wind up and to reset each will not only be time consuming and tedious, but frequently resetting and rewinding the watch could cause certain harm to the mechanism of the watches; and could also hamper the long term mechanical life and functionality of the watch. Please read on for more detail explanation.
As such, the chance of certain moving parts not being properly lubricated when the watch runs again is much greater; resulting in increase friction and pressure caused to certain moving parts inside the watch. The consequence would be that the mechanical life of the watch could be shortened and the performance of the watch being hampered. This explain why certain watches, left in a watch retail store for too long a time without winding, seems to perform not in its pristine condition even if it is a "brand new" watch.
In layman's term, over-stress is a result of placing an automatic watch in a winder that winds the watch non-stop, without any rest period in between. With this non-stop process, stress eventually build up. Like any other mechanical parts, over-stress could eventually shorten the useful life of the moving mechanism of a watch. Please read this page for more info on avoiding "over-stressing" your watch.
In reality, there is no real
hard TPD a watch
must strictly adhere to. To put it into perspective, let say the same model of Rolex (or other brands) is being worn by two different types of person:
However, it is always advisable to use the least numbers of turns to wind up a watch if possible; so that over-stressing or excessive wear and tear to the watch movement mechanism could be eliminated.
Equally important to consider is the "combination effective turns achieved" by combining the rest and turn programming motion such as our winders would. Without going into too technical, what that means is, when the winder turns for a period of time, the watch is being wound up to a certain degree. To avoid over-stress, a rest period is essential. During this rest period, the watch will still be running and use up some energy (or stored electricity) and by doing so, stress is relieved and reduced. When the next cycle comes, the watch will be further wound up, then the rest cycle will again use up some energy and relieve further stress build up. And so on. As such, a Rest-and-Turn type of winder like ours can be able to provide a much more efficient TPD without over-stressing the mechanism like a "non-stop" spinner winder would.
Besides, it is not always the case that a watch owner would wait until the watch is completely wind down and totally stopped before placing it on a watch winder. A good watch winder design should accommodate the fact that watch owners, in most instances at their convenience, will place their watches onto a winder for winding, even when their watch has not completely stopped and wind down. So that the watch is ready for the watch owners to wear all the times. A good watch winder design should accommodate the lifestyle of watch owners, not vice versa.
With our winders' pre-programmed "Rest-and-Turn" mode, whether your watch has completely stop or partially wind down, our winders can achieve the optimum purpose of winding up your watch, allowing it to be ready for you to wear any times, without over-stressing your watch.
We think it all depends on the conditions of your antique automatics. We tend to believe, since watch winders are relatively new on the market, most older antique automatics were presumably having been wound up manually over an extended period of time in the past. As such, the crown mechanism might already have sustained certain degree of wear and tear, due to a long period of time in winding the watch manually. As such, we suggest start by using minimal amount of turning on an automatic watch winder with your antique older watches. This would probably serves the purpose of winding the antique automatics without overstressing it. Remember, there is no need to always have the watch wound up 100% all the times, especially for older antique watches.
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