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Best watch winders 2018 – [Buyer’s Guide]

Last Updated March 1, 2019
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Charlie OliverMy name is Charlie Oliver. I have been a freelance writer for 20 years, focusing mainly on technology related topics. I spent 43 hours researching and testing 22 different types of watch winders and found that material, variety of sizes, and style were most important.

In fact, it was the first time I had been in this situation and what I thought was going to be a very quick and easy task turned out to be a good many weeks of research. In this section we provide our readers with a comparison table of our top picks. Scroll past the table for a closer look at each of the 3 best watch winders in our review section.

Best watch winders of 2018

I want to find something that’s designed well (both for aesthetic purposes and efficiency). Simply review and buy them. Here are my top picks with detailed reviews, comparison charts and buying guides to help you purchase the perfect item for your needs. Below you can find 3 reviews of the best watch winders to buy in 2018, which I have picked after the deep market research.

Test Results and Ratings

Rank №1 №2 №3
Product
Total 4.8 4.5 4.3
Ease of use
5 points
5 points
4 points
Versatility
4 points
4 points
5 points
Construction
5 points
5 points
4 points
Value
5 points
4 points
4 points
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№1 – [SALE] Heiden Battery Powered Single Watch Winder in Black Leather

 
[SALE] Heiden Battery Powered Single Watch Winder in Black Leather

Pros
Easy To Use Settings For Turns Per Day (650-950-1250-1850) and Direction (Clockwise, Counter-Clockwise, Both)
Push Button For On/Off (No need to turn off from the back of the winder)
Can Be Powered by Batteries (Lasts up to 3 months) or Included AC Adapter
Cons
I didn’t notice a single drawback yet
 
Total:
4.8

Why did this watch winders win the first place?

I am very happy with the purchase. It is definitely worth its money. The product is top-notch! The material is stylish, but it smells for the first couple of days. I don’t know anything about other models from this brand, but I am fully satisfied with this product. I really enjoy the design. It is compact, comfortable and reliable. And it looks amazing!

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Ease of use
5

5star

Versatility
4

4star

Construction
5

5star

Value
5

5star

 

 

№2 – Watch Winder For Rolex Automatic Watches

 
Watch Winder For Rolex Automatic Watches

Pros
Watch Winder For Automatic Watches,Running On AC Adaptor(Included) Or 2x D Size Battery (Not Included). Product Size: 13.4×10.2×8.7 Inch Product weight: 10.5 LBS
4 Winder Space And 6 Leather Storage Space, Which Provide Maximum Flexibility
Wood Shell + Piano Paint + Leather Pillow + Acrylic glass + Japan Motor.
Cons
Inner parts not as hardwearing as other models.
Bad customer service for warranty.
 
Total:
4.5

Why did this watch winders come in second place?

I really liked it. It is amazing in every aspect. It did even exceed my expectations for a bit, considering the affordable price. Seems that the material is good. It has a very beautiful color but I don’t really like the texture. I recommend you to consider buying this model, it definitely worth its money. This is a pretty decent product that perfectly fitted the interior of our office.

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Ease of use
5

5star

Versatility
4

4star

Construction
5

5star

Value
4

4star

 

 

№3 – Heiden Grand Quad Watch Winder with Storage Drawer

 
Heiden Grand Quad Watch Winder with Storage Drawer

Pros
Easy To Use Settings For Turns Per Day (650-950-1250-1850) and Direction (Clockwise, Counter-Clockwise, Both)
Wood watch winder with walnut veneer finish
Spring action pillow to support various watch sizes
Cons
Not as good as some others we reviewed.
Rather expensive.
 
Total:
4.3

Why did this watch winders take third place?

It is inconvenient to use due to the size. I am going to get something different next time. The material is incredibly nice to the touch. It has a great color, which will suit any wallpapers. This price is appropriate since the product is very well built. I liked the design. We’ve been using it for 2 months and it still looks like brand new.

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Ease of use
4

4star

Versatility
5

5star

Construction
4

4star

Value
4

4star

 

 

watch winders Buyer’s Guide

If you keep the before points in mind, you can easily go out to the market and buy watch winders, right? No!

CHIYODA Single Watch Winder

The beautiful CHIYODA single watch winder is for someone that values both performance and aesthetic appeal. This handmade solid wood winder box is for one watch, and it features an appealing high gloss finish. It has noise-isolating components that minimize the annoying winding sound, and it features two knobs control and directions settings that make it possible to use it for different watches. This compact CHIYODA watch winder also has a soft velvet interior that will be very gentle on your watch, and it can use either battery or AC Adapter.

Triple Tree Rolex Automatic Watch Winders

The Triple Tree watch winder works best for Rolex automatic watches, but you can also use it for many other brands. This watch winder features a fine solid wood shell, soft leather pillow, and tempered glass to keep your watches safe from damage and dirt. It runs on a Japanese motor, and it has winder spaces with some configurable watch retention cushions that accommodate watches for both gents and ladies.

Versa Double Watch Winders

If you have a couple of automatic watches that you value a lot and would want something efficient for winding them this double watch winder by Versa is a good purchase for you. It has direction settings which are bi-directional, counter-clockwise and clockwise and it makes turns per day. The beautiful black casing gives the watch winder an appealing look and makes it suitable for any decor. This two watch model also has some custom gears and motor to minimize noise and a smart timer for resetting and repeating the cycle.

Versa Auto Watch Winder with Sliding Cover

The sliding cover is what stands out on this single watch winder. Apart from giving it a unique overall design the sliding cover also means that you can store it even in confined areas as you do not need space for opening a flip lid. This automatic watch winder has multiple settings for the turns per day, and it turns for about minutes before resetting. It is programmed to ensure that it does not turn continuously to prevent overwinding. The soft watch pillow is removable, and the compact watch winder uses Japanese Mabuchi gears and motor for top-notch performance and durability.

JQUEEN Watch Winders with Quiet Motors

Any watch winder with a Japanese motor is always a good choice as it does not only perform well, but most like JQUEEN are super silent. This amazing watch winder has an appealing look, and it is also one of the easiest to operate. It is a 100% handmade product that features turntables with some soft pillows for the watches, and it has direction settings. Also, it has program settings and a dual power supply which means that you can use both battery and AC adapter.

Design and Materials

Apart from storing and winding your watches, a watch winder is also a classy accessory. And so it is always important to choose a good design and material. There are many watch winder designs to choose from, but the best ones are the leather boxes with cloth lining and the elegant wood handmade ones.

Size is one of the first things that you should consider when buying a watch winder box. Consider where you intend to place it to determine if the size is right for you. Also, check other features of the winder box such as a flip lid that might require extra space for opening. The capacity is also crucial because you can get watch winder boxes in single, double and multiple watches winders.

You would not want to have a winder that distracts you during sleep time. And so it is important always to consider the noise level when shopping for a watch winder. Although the motor and gears have to produce some sound when working, you should go for something that makes the least noise.

Extra Features

Some high-end watch winders will also have other features such as temperatures control, synchronized time displays and even some storage drawers. While these features might not affect the performance of the watch winder, they make it classy, convenient and more appealing.

Versa Automatic Double Watch Winder

As a reliable and trusted starter piece, the Versa is a great way to get your feet wet in this world of watch preservation. It’s a true value item, thanks to the handful of luxury features that come stocked with each Versa and the clean design will display you most trusted timepieces the way they’re meant to be displayed. It comes equipped with a Mabuchi Japanese Gearbox that turns your watches anywhere between 350-1050 times per day and with three directional settings. Each Versa also boasts spring action pillows and additional attachments to help house those larger watches and the entire winder comes with a 1-year warranty.

Orbita Tourbillion

For those interested in the mechanics behind a traditional watch winder, be sure to check out the Tourbillion. It’s set within crystal glass for optimal viewing and features digital displays of exact time and turns per day and thanks to proprietary technology from Orbita, watch accuracy errors caused by gravity are diminished when the timepiece is on the winder. It’s powered by a universal power adapter and automatically resets the TPD display at midnight.

Rapport Vogue

Successfully bringing watch winders into the 21st century, Rapport has continued to establish themselves as a forward thinking brand in this regard. Take their Vogue Mono Watch Winder for instance. Each piece is outfitted with carbon fiber and comes complete with handsome polished metal feet. The Vogue also runs on a practically silent motor, is powered by a DC adapter with battery backup, offers multiple directional rotations and boasts fully adjustable watch carriers fitting just about any size.

Orbita Sempre

Other additional features assist owners, collectors, and sellers of self-winding watches in storing and maintaining their collections. For example, high-quality watch winders have individually configurable sleep functions. These functions put the watch winder to sleep, which simulates the daily rhythm of the watch wearer. The sleep function also helps save energy during the night and on weekends. The optional fast-wind feature also ensures that the timepieces in the watch winder receive a minimum level of energy. This function is practical and very worthwhile, especially after the winder has been out of use for an extended period of time (during transport, power outage). An automatic stop function can also be found in some watch winders that are designed to showcase watches. The electric motor automatically turns off when individual watch boxes are opened. This allows the watch to be easily removed so it can be worn, presented, or simply admired. Furthermore, watch winders with locks are an advantage for watch stores and antique dealers.

Some firms, such as Buben & Zorweg, make high-end, multiple-watch winders such as the Grand Collector Inbuilt (below), which can be integrated into spaces such as walk-in wardrobes and safe rooms. The case features a Buben & Zorweg clock at the top and offers individual winders for either 2or 4watches. To keep the watches safe, the top and bottom portions use code-operated electronic locks.

Buben & Zorweg Grand Collector Inbuilt

According to WatchTime, presentation plays a key factor in purchasing a watch winder. If you are a passionate watch collector, you would obviously not want to store your precious collectables in a battered old box that only deters the beauty of your collection.

When it comes to showcasing valuable watches, opt for watch winders that offer high quality presentation. Watch winders are available in a variety of materials, including fine wood, leather, and silk, etc, which are particularly well suited for showcasing valuable watches.

High-end and exquisite watch winders allow dealers and manufacturers to embellish and enhance their products, luring in customers. At the same time, watch collectors and lovers may use watch winders to highlight their collection and express their appreciation for watches.

Storage

Do you need a place to display and showcase your valuable collectables? Perhaps you should consider buying a watch winder. Apart from keeping the timepiece accurate, various winders provide additional storage for you to store your watches. If you have a large collection of watches, consider the storage space when purchasing a winder.

Safely tucked away in a corner of your home, your watches will not only be safe but winders will also protect your watches from getting lost, and also keep dust away. Not to mention, it will also keep your children from using your collectables as an accessory for their stuffed animals.

Do not simply purchase a watch winder based on its appearance and functionality but consider how loud it is as well. Inexpensive winders tend to be extremely loud, which means you cannot put them in your bedroom as it will keep you from sleeping soundly at night. Before you invest in a watch winder, assess how quiet it is when it is in operation.

If you are purchasing a watch winder online, you can read reviews about how loud the device is. Some people also share videos online, so do proper research before spending on a watch winder simply based on its appearance.

Some people assume that price isn’t indicative of quality when it comes to watch winders and that they can buy inexpensive ones without compromising on performance. However, not all automatic winders are made equal.

According to Watch Winder Store, many vendors advertise poor quality ‘automatic watch winder’ that are nothing but ordinary watch boxes with a low quality motor attached to it. These gadgets are nothing close to a genuine watch winder, such as gadgets only spin your watches non-stop.

While these spinners might initially serve the purpose of a watch winder, they will cause internal damage to the mainsprings of the watch by exerting unnecessary stress and torque pressure on the moving mechanism of your watch.

The low-cost motors used in poor quality watch winders do not sufficient torque and power to wind up large size quality modern watches.  Many unreliable brands use poor quality motors that are likely to burn out only after a few months of usage.

According to the Watch Winder Store, most of these motors are equipped for toy cars and not advanced watches. Do not risk damage to your valuable automatic watches by buying low-priced watch winders.

In addition, low-priced watch winders use unreliable parts, gear system and casing materials, such as low-grade wood and even plastic. Using low quality materials could be more costly for you in the long term. Minor initial savings may end up in huge repair bills.

Material

While users are generally instantly attracted to watch winders made from fine wood, they do not realize that fine wood requires regular maintenance and polishing to appear good as new. In addition, while purchasing wooden watch winders, you must also consider the quality, grading and the type of wood used for making the watch winder. In short, check the quality of the wood before making a purchase.

According to Watch Winder Store, one should opt for good quality wood, such as fine wood or premium grade kiln dried wood. Kiln dried wood has an edge over other types of wood because it is dried and aged with a special process in the factory, which means there is no moisture.

If moisture is not removed, after a certain time period, the wood can crack and watch winder will lose its overall appearance. In addition, accumulation of moisture may cause the hinges, lids or other parts to become misaligned, preventing it from working properly in the long run.

Also, keep an eye out for vendors who advertise low-priced watch winders that use poor quality and unreliable casing materials. One way of assessing the material is inspecting how sturdy it is. Poor quality wood will feel lightweight and be comparatively thin. The casing will most likely crack or lose its shape over time.

Poor quality wood tends to warp and get air bubbles in hot and humid areas. So, people living in tropical areas should opt for high quality wood when it comes to watch winders. Otherwise, wood is not the ideal material for them.

Rapport

Rapport has earned quite a reputation in the watch winding industry. Established in the 1898, Rapport has an edge over other brands because of its high-end, well-constructed British winders. The brand provides watch winders in a variety of styles and colors. Apart from luxury watch winders, the brand also produces watch cases, luxury clocks, collector watch boxes and other watch related accessories.

The website is easy to navigate because of the handy sitemap. Unlike a majority of other brands, Rapport has an impressive listing of products with high quality images. The prices are clearly mentioned and the website also provides an overview of the history and heritage of the company.

WOLF Designs

WOLF Designs is an iconic watch winder brand that was established in 183Apart from watch winders, the luxury leather goods company also produces the world’s most intricate jewelry boxes and watch storage boxes. The company prides itself on its undying pursuit of perfection, style and luxury.

With its innovative designs, WOLF has managed to establish a noteworthy reputation in the world of watch winders. The winders include latch closures, glass covers, black pebbled faux leather linings, and a variety of winding modules.

The layout of the website is professional and the site is easy to navigate. The brand offers various discounts and deals from time to time. Over the years, WOLF Designs has created some of the most beautiful and effective watch winders on the market.

The American company produces their winders in China. However, a lot of care is taken in producing the finished product. The brand continuously works to improve its design while maintaining high quality standards.

Orbita Tourbillon One Watch Winder

The Heritage 27000single watch winder from WOLF was one of the first watch winders in the market that offered quality performance and silent operation. The watch winder features a classical design, including a patented lock in cuff which is specifically designed for larger watches.

Versa Compact Automatic Dual Watch Winder

The Versa Compact Automatic Dual watch winder features a retro look that is perfect for showcasing your precious watches. The Versa rotates at different positions. The built-in timer allows you to customize winding rotations.

Mechanical

Not all mechanical movements are created equal. The attention to detail and craftsmanship that goes into a watch will determine its smoothness and accuracy.

For many aficionados, mechanical movement watches represent the crème de la crème of timepieces due to their traditional pedigree and the intricate work and engineering that must go into creating them. For these enthusiasts, owning a mechanical watch isn’t just about telling time, it’s a way to express their appreciation for history, refinement, and craftsmanship.

Pros of Mechanical Watches

No battery needed. Because a mechanical watch is powered by a hand-wound mainspring, you’ll never have to go to a jeweler to replace a battery. When the watch stops ticking, just wind it up.

Smooth hand movement. For some folks, a smooth sweeping movement on the second hand is more aesthetically pleasing than the “tick tick tick” of quartz watches. If that’s important to you, go with a mechanical watch.

Character. The engineering and work that goes into a mechanical watch is breathtaking. Inside your watchcase are tiny gears and springs that work together to give you the time. Sure, no one usually sees it, but that’s part of the charm; a watchmaker has spent hours and hours perfecting a mechanism that’s hidden from the eye. If you appreciate craftsmanship, then consider adding a mechanical movement watch to your collection.

Tactile. For some, one of the appeals of a mechanical watch is that the owner must hand-wind it to keep it working. There’s something about the ritual of winding your watch at the end of the day that connects you more with time. There’s also something to be said for having to regularly tend to one of your possessions to keep it “alive” and ticking.

Automatic

How does an automatic movement watch self-wind? Well, there’s a small weight inside the watch called a “rotor” that moves as your wrist moves throughout the day. It’s connected to the mainspring and winds the mainspring as it moves. Automatic watches also have a slipping clutch device to prevent the watch from getting over-wound while you’re wearing it.

If you’re not wearing your automatic watch, you’ll want to put it in a watch winder. It’s a little device that moves the watch in a circular motion while it’s stored so it stays wound. This is particularly important to do if your watch has features like a calendar or date display. For example, let’s say your automatic watch has a calendar on it, but you decide not to wear it for a few days. If you don’t store it in a winder, the power will run down and the display will get stuck on the time and date the watch stopped ticking. When you decide to wear the watch again, you’ll have to reset both.

No battery needed.

Don’t have to wind it by hand. If having to hand-wind a mechanical watch bothers you, but you still want the sophistication of a mechanical watch, an automatic watch is a nice compromise.

Smooth movement. Just like manually-wound mechanical watches, automatic watches have a nice, smooth hand movement.

Character. The same amount of engineering and craftsmanship goes into an automatic watch as a mechanical watch.

Cons of Automatic Watches

Sensitive to the environment. The same environmental factors that can foil a mechanical watch can gum up an automatic watch.

Needs to be stored in a watch winder when not in use. While an automatic watch doesn’t require winding if you wear it regularly, if you don’t, you’ll need to store it in a watch winder. Winders are relatively inexpensive and they don’t take up too much shelf space, but it’s one extra thing you have to buy in order to own an automatic watch.

Less accurate. A well-crafted automatic watch can be as accurate as a well-crafted mechanical watch, but it will lose some accuracy over time and need tune-ups.

If you’re like most average Joes, the watch on your wrist right now is probably a quartz watch. There’s a reason for that. Quartz watches are incredibly accurate and very affordable.

Instead of being powered by a wound mainspring, a quartz movement uses electricity from a small battery. The battery sends the electricity through a small quartz crystal, causing the crystal to vibrate 32,76times per second. The vibrations are measured by a circuit, which converts the vibration into a pulse, which moves the second hand on the watch. Because quartz watches use electric pulses to move the second hand, they have a distinctive “tick tick tick” movement. It’s not as smooth as a mechanical or automatic watch.

Because quartz movements rely on electricity and fewer moving parts, they’re much more accurate and can withstand far more of a beating than mechanical or automatic watches. It’s for this reason that most “sport” and “field” watches use a quartz movement.

Pros of Quartz Watches

Accurate time. Quartz is by far the most accurate of all the movements. Will never lose or add seconds throughout the day.

Less maintenance. Besides changing the battery every year or so, there’s little maintenance you have to perform on a quartz movement watch.

Durable. Because they have few moving parts, a quartz watch can “take a licking and keep on ticking.” It’s not as susceptible to the Four Horsemen of the Watch Apocalypse. If you’re in a job that requires a lot of rough and dirty work, you might want to consider a quartz movement watch for everyday wear.

Affordable. You can get quartz watches for as cheap as a few bucks. Though nicer looking ones can cost into the hundreds of dollars, they’re almost always cheaper than mechanical and automatic varieties.

Cons of Quartz Watches

No smooth movement. The staggered movement of the second hand on a quartz watch isn’t as smooth as that of a mechanical or automatic watch.

Less romantic. The biggest con of quartz watches is that they lack the charm, character, and romance of mechanical watches because they lack the history, technical craftsmanship, and engineering such timepieces possess.

Your basic wristwatch tells you the time.

Besides calendars or moon phases, other complications include alarms, power reserve indicators, and repeaters (a feature that chimes the hour and minutes on your watch at the press of a button).

Then there’s the chronograph.

How many and which complications you want in a watch is a matter of preference. Dressier watches tend to be sleek and have one (usually the date) to none. More sporty and casual watches often include more complications.

Signature Features

Size: Typically thin (to make it easy to slip in and out of a dress shirt cuff).

Case: May be circular, rectangular, or square. High-end varieties are typically made from precious metals like gold or silver.

Face: Dial displays simple hour indexes (the numbers, or symbols for numbers on the watch face) such as saber-style indexes (those little lines), Roman numerals, or small Arabic numerals.

Band: Always leather. Though some companies offer both leather and metal band options with their dress watches, leather is the classic way to go.

Complications: Little to none. At the most, a date and/or moon display.

When to Wear: As the name implies, you wear a dress watch for dressier, more formal occasions like with a business suit or a tuxedo (though, there’s debate as to whether you should ever wear a watch at all with black tie). But you can also wear a dress watch with everything on down to sharp casual. It won’t pair well with a t-shirt and jeans.

Field Watch

History/Pedigree/Personality: The field watch is the descendant of the WWI “trench watch,” which was designed for officers who needed to coordinate attacks, tell time at night, and sport a wristwatch that could withstand the rigors of battle, all while still looking good. Field watches continue to evince a military-esque vibe and are rugged, functional, and stylish all at the same time.

Dive Watch

As the name suggests, the dive watch was designed for individuals who spend a lot of time in or near water. Their primary selling point is that they’re water resistant. The first iteration of what became the dive watch was likely the Rolex Oyster, which was introduced in the 1930s. With its hermetically sealed case, it was one of the first water resistant watches on the market.

In the 1950s, Rolex board member René-Paul Jeanneret wanted a watch that would be useful for when he went diving (a hobby he actively pursued) but still looked good as an everyday time piece. The Rolex Submariner was born and the standard for dive watches everywhere was set. Most dive watches on the market today take their design cues from the Submariner.

Signature Features: A dive watch is first and foremost water resistant. The standard for a dive watch is to be water resistant up to at least 100m, though some keep ticking at even lower depths.

Pilot Watch

History/Pedigree/Personality: Wristwatches have been a part of aviation since its inception. In fact, one of the first purpose-specific men’s wristwatches ever made was for a pilot friend of Louis Cartier back in 190(the iconic Santos watch).

The watch winder can wind up to two watches at a time and comes equipped with extra, cushioned compartments for three additional watches. The storage box sports a stylish beige interior with gold hardware, as well as a lockable lid to keep your valuables secure and in pristine condition.

Powerful yet silent operation

The automatic watch winder uses a powerful, high-quality MABUCHI motor, designed to last a lifetime and deliver optimum movement. The watch winder operates with minimal noise output and runs on both batteries and an AC adaptor.

Rather unique among watchwinders

The reason it is unique is because of the pillow shape. Most winders have one size pillow and if you have a large wrist the diameter of the pillow is usually two small. You must wedge something in between the band and the pillow to stop the watch from flopping around.With the unique pillow shape here you can put smaller size bands on one way and larger size bands on the other way, and your watch is snug.

 

 

 

 

How to save up to 86%? Here is little trick.

You must visit the page of sales. Here is the link. If you don’t care about which brand is better, then you can choose the watch winders by the price and buy from the one who will offer the greatest discount.

 

 

Final Word

First of all thanks for reading my article to the end! I hope you find my reviews listed here useful and that it allows you to make a proper comparison of what is best to fit your needs and budget. Don’t be afraid to try more than one product if your first pick doesn’t do the trick.

Most important, have fun and choose your watch winders wisely! Good luck!

So, TOP3 of watch winders

 

 

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