If you own an automatic watch then you already know that a watch winder is a wonderful tool for maintaining your watch’s functions. Automatic watches require motion from the owner’s arm in order to keep the mainspring winding and if left for several days it will need to be winded again. Of course you could always wind it manually but if you have multiple watches in your collection then it will become increasingly difficult not to mention a nuisance to self-wind them all by hand. That’s where the watch winder comes in. It has a very simple purpose: to rotate the watch in order to keep the mainspring winding so when it comes time to don your watch it will be ready to wear. Not only that but watch winders will also maintain the accuracy and longevity of your automatic watch for years and years to come. Watch winders are meant to preserve and protect your timepieces so we’ve gathered the best watch winders out there to keep your watch ticking while it’s not on your wrist.
Best Watch Winders
What we look for in the best watch winders are a silent motor, aesthetically pleasing design, maximum durability, and appealing features and functions.
Versa Automatic Single Watch Winder with Sliding Cover ($39)
The Versa automatic single watch winder with sliding cover has a unique look and nice features, even if it’s priced at a mere $40. You can’t go wrong with this watch winder, it is really quiet and compact. Its design has a more modern take and looks something like a Daft Punk helmet, although short of flashy LEDs. Don’t get me wrong though, it will wind watches better than playing house music which is in this case more important. There’s a built in timer to wind, rest, and repeat the cycle in any of three rotation modes: clockwise, counter clockwise, or bi-directional directions.
The Versa Automatic Double Watch Winder ($49)
The Versa automatic double watch winder is even more of a steal at $50. Don’t be fooled by the low price this watch winder is completely silent and will get the job done with ease. It can easily fit different size watches and has clockwise, counter-clockwise, and bi-directional settings. There are also four settings you can use for duration and intervals which can turn your watch anywhere from 342 to 2160 rotations per day depending on setting. It also has a unique modern design much like the first one and takes up relatively little space. You can easily disguise this winder as a desktop speaker if you really wanted to, but you won’t because it looks superb and works even better.
Heiden Prestige Quad Watch Winder ($199)
If you have four watches that need winding then look no further than the Heiden Prestige quad watch winder. Priced at a convenient $200 it features velvet interior as well as soft watch pillows that can fit most watches big or small. Each individual winder is capable of different specifications to suit certain watches and can one by one be turned on or off. This is extremely beneficial when you only have one or two watches you want to wind. Three different direction settings are available: clockwise, counter-clockwise, and bi-directional. Fifteen turn settings allow for anywhere from 650 to 3600 turns per day. This watch winder is extremely sturdy and works just as well if not better than more pricier watch winders.
Wolf Designs Roadster Triple Watch Winder ($1,099)
Now we’re talking! Wolf Designs has been in the business for well over 180 years so you know that they must be doing something right. Wolf Designs make some of the best watch winders and the Roadster is a fancier one that comes in one- to eight-watch configurations. The one we have right here is the triple watch winder with backlit LCD screen and rotation settings that can range anywhere from 300 to 1200 turns per day. The Roadster offers all the amenities you would expect from a high end watch winder, such as extra storage, ebony Macassar wood face plate, roomy individual winders that can accommodate larger watches, battery power option, and chrome hardware. Its design is the best of both worlds mixing a little of the old fashioned with some modern aesthetics. The Roadster can definitely be displayed as a furniture piece on its own and without a doubt belongs on our list of best watch winders.