WATCH WINDER AND YOUR WATCH COLLECTION’S LIFE SPAN

Watch winder box. There are two types of movement in classic mechanical watch. First type is usual mechanical movement, which comes from the turning of the crown, this method lately is seen as a less preferable method since crown is one of the more delicate part of a watch. The action of pulling it on and off may harm the watch itself. Normally, once we wind the crown to the fullest, the energy may feed your watch movement until to 48 hours later. Second type of movement is automatic or “self-winding” movement, it relies on user wrist movement.  The kinetic energy from when we swing our wrist is transferred to keep the watch running.

A watch winder will be useful when your collection is mainly consists of the second type, a self-winding watch. The purpose of the watch winder is to emulate our wrist movement, so when you own more than one self-winding watch, the watch winder will take care the ones that you’re not wearing, keeping the mechanism going. But is that the best way to take care of our watch? Will watch winder prolong or shorten our watch collection life span?

All the little parts inside a watch need to work smoothly, therefore there are lubricants used in every mechanical watch. This lubricant becomes the main point of the argument that we need to keep the gears going so the lubricant won’t freeze or coagulate, hence the need for a watch winder. But of course, it’s still not proven scientifically. Meanwhile, the opposite argument is if good mechanical watch uses good quality of synthetic oil or grease they won’t have such problem. On the contrary, using watch winder to keep your watch running even though it’s not being used is will be a waste of the lifetime of the gears. It’s like keep a car engine running all the time without even driving it. So you better rethink again about your decision to own a watch winder, unless you are a serious collector or sellers of self-winding watch.

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