How to buy a watchwinder
One question always asked by watch owners is: How to buy an automtic watch winder ? Below are some considerations involved when buying a watchwinder:
1. PRICE is NOT the only descison...
Many users have the misconception that all watch winders are the same and as such, whichever is cheaper is better. No, not all automatic winders are the same. If you have not read our article on "Automatic Watch Winders vs Spinners", please read this article prior to selecting a winder to purchase ( click here ). Yes, there is a difference between different types of winders on the market.
Lower quality winders, using unreliable parts or motors or gear system, or using cheap or low grade wood or plastic, are generally a little bit cheaper. But using these low quality watchwinders could be more costly in the long term. Not only will those lower quality winders not be able to last as long as a high quality watch winder, but they could possibly over-stress and damage your watch's moving mechanism in the long term. Indeed, many of these "less expensive" winders are using motor gear system that are supposed to be used for cheap toy cars only; they are not reliable at all, and in most cases, do not have sufficient power and torque to wind up today's popular larger size and heavier watches. They tend to burn out easily, sometimes in a matters of weeks, or days.
Thus the minor initial savings could very well end up costing much more in the future. So price should not be the only consideration when buying a watch winder. Of course, a winder should not be unreasonably over-priced either. One should look for an affordable winder yet of high quality. After all, you have spent hundreds or thousands of dollars or more on your watch collection, why take chance on a low quality unreliable and unproven watchwinder, when an affordable yet high quality winders like ours would provide you with a long term peace of mind.
2. Functionality and Compatibility....
Many watch owners own more than one automatic watch. So when you buy a watch winder, make sure it has the full functions that could accommodate all watch brands' different winding specifications. Different watch brands could require different turning mode and different functionality.
So it is always prudent to buy a watchwinder with all industrial standard turning modes build in: clockwise, counter-clockwise, and Alternate mode. Alternate mode (turns clockwise and counter-clockwise automatically in a factory preset program), is required for many watch brands such as Rolex. Preferably, choose a winder with adjustable TPD (Turns per Day) such as our Landmark winder series, so you can select the more precise setting for your watch collection.
Also, to prevent over-stressing, a factory programmed "Turn and Rest" electronic program is essential so as to minimize the chance of over-stressing your watches' main spring moving mechanism.
As such, it is best to select a winder equipped with the above functions. So that no matter what brands of watches or what types of automatic watches you have, now or in the future, the winder can accommodate your watches' specifications.
3. Material Used...
To many users, wood constructed winders seem to be all the same without much difference. However, the quality, grading and types of wood used can vary vastly. One should investigate the quality of wood used before making a buying decision.
For example, all our watch winder products use only premium grade kiln-dried wood. The kiln-dried wood are dried and aged with a special process in the factory, so that most if not all, trapped moisture inside the wood has been removed. If moisture is not being kiln-dried, after certain period of time, the wood would very likely warps and could result in cracking in addition to the unsightly appearance that could result hereof. Moreover, it could also cause the hinge or lid or other parts to be mis-aligned or not in its proper working order.
Also, some advertised low priced watchwinders use certain kinds of cheap unreliable thin particle board or untreated wood as casing. This will save in manufacturing cost and could result in lower pricing. However, the tradeoff is that in general, they will not be endurable and tend to be cracked, deformed over a period of time. Also, in certain parts of the country such as the east coast where temperature and air moisture is relatively high in the summer season, such untreated wood or particle board would easily be affected; resulting in warping or "air bubble" being formed on the casing.
To further protect the wood to enhance its durability and longevity, certain kinds of coating is essential. For example, all our watchwinder products are hand coated and polished with up to 15 layers of Polyurethane coating. Each layer of coating is applied by hand and when it dries, it is hand polished to a smooth finishing. This process is repeated for the 15 layers of polyurethane, as such, it takes close to a month for each of our watch winder to be manufactured. The result is an elegant and classy smooth glossy piano-like exterior finishing, which is not only minor scratch and heat resistance, but also can resist vast change in temperature and moisture. Resulting in an almost maintenance free long lasting winder product.
While many other cheaper watchwinders would compromise on the process by simply spraying a layer of polyurethane to the surface. At first glance or simply by looking at the photos, the difference might not be that obvious. However, once they are placed side by side with our high quality watch winders, the difference in quality and aesthetic appearance is obvious. It is a matter of time before those low quality untreated wood winders will show its deficiencies.
Buy with confidence....
We have been selling high quality yet affordable winders for more than 12 years. Our high quality yet affordable winder products have been used by 1000's of satisfy customers worldwide. All our watchwinder products have been precision designed, engineered and thoroughly tested to meet all watches' winding specifications. Our high quality master-crafted, true full function automatic watch winders will fully wind up your fine watches, without the adverse effects that could compromise your watch's internal movements. To maintain the useable life of your fine watches, make the right choice of purchasing a quality watchwinder like ours.
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