Every lady and gentleman needs a watch—a luxury timepiece that can be relied on to tell the time, not just announce it.
Automatic watches were initially invented to add convenience for those who prefer not to manually wind their watch every day. Mechanical watches are powered by movement, so they stay accurate without any input from the wearer. They also tend to be more durable than traditional watches because an automatic watch doesn’t rely on a battery. This means you won’t have any problems with your watch dying and needing to be replaced or repaired.
Automatic watches are especially popular with those who travel frequently or participate in outdoor activities because they require less maintenance than mechanical watches, which need to be wound more often when being used daily.
The weighted mechanism in these watches has a heft that reminds the wearer of its precision and quality. It keeps you punctual and informed of the time while making an elegant statement. Your prized Rolex or Omega needs to be worn daily due to the precision movements inside them that run continuously, but what if you need to take it off for longer than 24 hours?
This is where watch winders come in.
Watch winders are recommended for self-winding watch lovers (not for quartz or manual winders) as they help ensure the mainspring is kept wound, thus removing any chances of your timepiece ticking out.
They work by rotating the watch in a circular motion to mimic how your wrist would move while wearing it. The mainspring is a crucial component that powers a watch’s movement, and without it, you will be left with little to no functioning wrist-worn object. A suitable winder should keep the mainspring in optimal condition and allow for some degree of adjustment when needed.
A few things to look out for when purchasing a good watch winder are:
- Rotations Per Minute – How many times the watch will be rotated per minute or the number of turns per day.
- The number of watches being stored – How many you want to hold at once; some have more slots than others.
- Resting Periods – The amount of time the watch will rest between rotations.
- Winding Direction – Some winders rotate clockwise, others counterclockwise. You need to make sure your watches are acceptable in either direction before purchasing.
- Color or Material Design – This might be a preference depending on what look you want for your room and home décor style.
Here are our picks for the best watch winders you can buy in 2022:
Heiden Monaco Single Watch Winder
Founded in 2005, Heiden is a relative newcomer to the watch winder scene, but they’ve made a strong impression with their Monaco Single Watch Winder. The one thing you’ll notice is its quality, handcrafted design with a cross-stitched faux black leather exterior that will impress. The Japanese Mabuchi Motor is whisper-quiet, so you won’t disturb your sleep or be distracted by noise when you’re winding it up at night before bed. Its motor has 4 different settings with different rotation options and is designed with zero magnetization. While not the least expensive option, it is still reasonably affordable, and you’re guaranteed to get your money’s worth with this quality watch winder.
Barrington Single Watch Winder
Barrington is a company not only known for its winders but also for its excellent customer service. They are willing to go above and beyond for their customers, so you can rest easy knowing they’ll be there if anything goes wrong. The Special Edition is one of the best options because it offers 5 different turns per day (TPD) settings to keep your watches wound and ready to go. It houses a Japanese Mabuchi Motor that is super quiet and won’t emit any magnetic fields, so it’s safe for all of your metal watches. It comes in various finishes, from a colorful red to classic wood—made to fit any décor style. If you’re willing to spend a bit more on your valuable timepieces, the Barrington Special Addition is well worth the money.
Triple Tree Single Watch Winder
The Triple Tree Single Watch Winder is an excellent choice without breaking the bank. It’s made with high-quality materials and is affordable. It features a lot of the same great features as higher-end winders like Japanese Mabuchi Motors, high-grade materials, and a flexible watch pillow suitable for men’s and ladies watches. It can rotate in both clockwise or counterclockwise directions, so you’ll always be winding your automatic watches the right way—no matter which direction they wind themselves. This is one of our best picks for anyone on a budget who still wants to ensure their watch collection stays wound up when not worn.
Wolf Heritage Double Winder
No best of watch winder list would be complete without a Wolf product. They’ve been in the business since 1834 and designed the first smart watch winder, a patented invention that has been imitated countless times. The Heritage Double Winder is one of their most popular models. It features high-quality materials, quiet motors, a bevy of programmable settings, and a timeless vegan leather look to match any décor. It is designed for heavier watches, perfect for all of your prestigious high-end timepieces.
ORYX Double Watch Winder
This is an excellent option if you’re looking to dip your toes into the automatic watch winder market without spending too much. The ORYX Double Watch Winder offers an attractive design with easy-to-use settings and will keep your timepieces wound up while not in use, ready to go when you are. It’s affordable but doesn’t skimp on features, with Japanese Mabuchi Motors, a high-quality leather exterior, and is designed to not overwind your automatic watches. It fits most watch sizes and is a great place to start if you’re new to watching winders but still want quality features and an attractive design.
Watch Winder Smith Bamboo Quad Winder
As your collection of timepieces grows, you’ll probably want a watch winder to fit them all. The Smith Bamboo Quad Watch Winder is an excellent option if you’re looking for something stylish, well made, and will hold four watches at once—and it won’t set you back too much money either. The design of the premium bamboo exterior makes it easy on the eyes while still fitting in nicely with other pieces of furniture. It features dual rotators for winding both clockwise and counterclockwise, so you’ll always be winding your automatic watches the right way. It also has four individual programmable settings to keep all of your timepieces wound up at once and includes different size pillows for any size watch you might have.
JINS & VICO Watch Winder
The JINS&VICO Watch Winder has got you covered in bells and whistles. Weighing in at almost 20 lbs., this is one of the heaviest, most durable watch winders on the market. It features a touchscreen interface to control all settings, including timer modes, rotation direction, winder speed, etc. It’s powered by a Japanese Mabuchi motor, so it won’t make too much noise while winding your watches up—perfect for those who live in an apartment or have sleeping babies nearby. The craftsmanship on this watch winder is second to none, and it looks great on any dresser without taking up too much space. It has a sleek modern design with a high gloss finish, so your automatic watches will be winding in style while not in use.
Cheopz Safe Watch Winder Box
When your collection of timepieces is worth more than your car, it’s time to get serious about protecting them. This Cheopz Safe Watch Winder is a 66 lb. high-end piece of equipment built to give you peace of mind while your watches are winding up. Its constructed of solid steel, bulletproof glass, and dual door locking bolts for added security. You get a card key security system with an intelligent detector alarm to alert you if someone tries to access your safe. And its black microfiber leather exterior and red leather interior will complement even the fanciest of automatic timepieces.