A watch winder is a device used to keep automatic watches wound when that not being worn. If you have an automatic watch or self winding watch then it would be useful to have as it is more than likely you won’t wearing watch all of the time. You would definitely need a winder if you own more than one automatic watch.

If an automatic watch is left without movement it can lose certain functions that have been programmed such as time, day and date. Manual winding requires the crown to be unscrewed to set all functions again. The problem with manual winding is that it can reduce the life of the winding gear and also destroy the threads on the tube of the crown.

Now you know it’s probably best to stick with a watch winder. Speaking of which, you can grab one here for just £99 a pop (about US$149).

[box border=”full”]Harleen Johal is a keen online blogger, who loves to write about designer and luxury watches. She is currently the Marketing Assistant at The Watch Hut.[/box]

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  1. It’s better to rest a watch movement when the watch is not being used for a long period of time since the mechanical parts of the development won’t wear out. This is basically accurate for old watches, so for a collector with a great deal of old and exorbitant watches a winder could be excellent.

  2. Hi Olivia, I’m afraid that’s incorrect information (and an opinion that I hope is not influenced by the fact you appear to be advertising watch boxes!!). On the contrary, a watch movement is made to …well.. move! If it’s left resting for too long then the oils that lubricate the tiny cogs and levers will become less viscous which means your watch will keep time less well and may ultimately hasten its requirement for a service. Any watch not worn for a prolonged period SHOULD be kept in a watch winder – no doubt about that.

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