Whether you own a pre-owned Rolex Yacht-Master, Submariner or Sea-Dweller, you might want to invest in a quality watch winder. For those of you unfamiliar with this device, a watch winder is used to keep self-winding or automatic watches running when they are not being worn. As you probably are already aware, automatic watches operate on the principle of winding themselves with a moving weight that rotates when you move. Now, of course, if the watch is not worn, it will stop running in due time. And while most automatic watches can be manually wound, it can be quite the inconvenience.
The single biggest advantage in owning a watch winder is for seldom used watches with complex perpetual calendars that could take a long time resetting when they have stopped running.
Choosing a Watch Winder
You will want to choose a watch winder based on both value and needs. If you have an automatic watch that you rarely wear, there is no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a fancy watch winder that holds six watches. However, if you collect used Rolex watches and rotate them regularly, then a quality watch winder that holds several watches is a great investment. The single biggest advantage in owning a watch winder is for seldom used watches with complex perpetual calendars that could take a long time resetting when they have stopped running.
Types of Watch Winders
Elegant– This type of watch winder goes beyond functionality and offers a very nice exterior. You will often find these watch winders made from leather or finished wood and are suitable for display.
Functional– Functional watch winders are made to perform the duties of winding a watch. These work fine but aren’t typically something you would want to display.
Extra Cool– OK, we totally made up this category, but there are watch winders that go far beyond functionality and aesthetics. For example, there are watch winders that keep your watches heated at body temperature. Cool, wait, extra cool!
Do not underestimate the value of an automatic watch winder. A watch winder offers the joy of wearing any of your watches at a moment’s notice. They also look rather sharp and will nicely display your automatic watch collection.