Best Watch Winders in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 9, 2020
What makes your automatic watch tick? If you are tired of setting time and date manually, try one of five best watch winders to keep your watches ready to go at all times! Select a stylish watch winder box that suits your timepiece and interior best! ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
Dimensions
Winding modules
Winding
Rotation
Power
Exterior
Warranty
 
PROS

The LED lights shine blue, highlighting and showcasing the timepieces and making them visible even in low-light conditions. The pillows are soft enough to protect the watches. The double screw-locks make the glass lid durable. 

CONS

The glossy surface is susceptible to smudges. 

OUR VERDICT

INCLAKE Watch Winder is smooth and elegant enough to make this piece the most interesting decoration item/furniture piece in the entire house. The pine bark patterns make this thing look polished and attractive yet subtle and even somewhat understated. 

detailed parameters
Dimensions

20.1 x 18.9 x 22.3 cm

Winding modules

2 (4 available) 

Winding

4 settings: CW, CCW, and CW-CCW (with pause and without)

Total - 2280 turns per day

Rotation

Clockwise and counterclockwise

Power

Universal power adapter or 2 x C size batteries

Exterior

Pear wood 

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
CHIYODA watch winder is equipped with an adjustable pillow that allows winding watches for various wrist sizes and with a clock face of up to 52mm in diameter.
CONS

Might be somewhat uncomfortable for thick watches.

OUR VERDICT
Easy to control, this automatic watch winder with a shiny cherry wood veneer is the perfect choice for those who appreciate classy style and know the value of time.
detailed parameters
Dimensions

13 x 12.7 x 15 cm

Winding modules
1
Winding

3 settings: 1440, 2152, and 5760 TPD

Rotation

Clockwise, counterclockwise, bi-directional

Power
100-120V AC adapter or 2 x 1.5V batteries
Exterior
Wood
Warranty
18-month warranty, lifetime technical support
PROS

The high-gloss crocodile PU leather adds so much character to the otherwise standard box, making this device a statement piece, good enough to make a charming addition to any room. The patterns look tasteful. The leather feels really nice to the touch.

CONS

The six bottom sections are somewhat awkward to access. 

OUR VERDICT

HBselect Automatic Watch Winder Box is up there with the best prospects on the market right now. The price is almost too modest considering the high-quality interior components and exterior parts that constitute the box. The package is pretty nice too, making the overall product an excellent gift.

detailed parameters
Dimensions

18.5 x 30.5 x 23.5 cm

Winding modules

4+6

Winding

CW for 2 minutes, pause for 6 minutes, repeat;

CCW for 2 minutes, pause for 6 minutes, repeat

Rotation

Clockwise and counterclockwise

Power

AC power adapter

Exterior

High-gloss crocodile PU leather

Warranty

Lifetime customer service

PROS

The wiping cloth that's shipped with the winding box will let you upkeep its charming appearance. The device offers 12 rotation modes to choose from. The Japanese motor from Mabuchi keeps its operation quiet. 

CONS

The instructions are lacking. 

OUR VERDICT

With its weathered appearance, adopting low-gloss wood covering the surface and the matte texture veneering the entire box, the CHIYODA Watch Winder will more than accommodate customers who fancy antique and vintage pieces. Plus, you can insert two AA batteries and bring this winding box with you anywhere you go.

detailed parameters
Dimensions

15 x 13 x 13 cm

Winding modules

1

Winding

12 rotation modes: 4 TPDs (1850-1250-950-650) and 3 directions (clockwise, counterclockwise, both)

Rotation

Clockwise, counterclockwise, and both

Power

AC power adapter or 2 x AA batteries

Exterior

Wood

Warranty

18 months

PROS

The plexiglass coating, covering the box, protects the device against scratches, moisture, and dust. The feet on the bottom keep this watch winder stable, eliminating skidding and preventing the box from scratching the surface. 

CONS

The motor becomes louder with time.

OUR VERDICT

The Kalawen Latest Double Watch Winder is where elegance meets efficiency. From its piano coating adding class to the glossy finish grabbing attention, this box will fit and, at times, even elevate the most upscale decorative schemes. This is what you buy for timepiece enthusiasts whom you want to impress.

detailed parameters
Dimensions

~ 20 x 15 x 15 cm

Winding modules

2

Winding

4 settings:

CW for 2 minutes, pause for 6 minutes, repeat;
CCW for 2 minutes, pause for 6 minutes, repeat;
CW for 2 minutes, pause for 6 minutes. CCW for 2 minutes, pause for 6 minutes, repeat;
CW for 5 minutes, CCW for 5 minutes. Repeat continuously for 3 hours, then pause for 9 hours, repeat

Rotation

Clockwise, counterclockwise, and both

Power

AC power adapter or 2 x AA batteries

Exterior

Wood

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

INCLAKE Watch Winder

Enriches any Space

INCLAKE Watch Winder looks as smooth as elegant as any winder we've ever looked at. Its pearwood construction adds the device this artistic touch that's tough to match. The pine bark patterns look charming and tasteful. The entire thing appears smooth and polished, with subtle accents and soft lines, good enough to class up and enrich most spaces.

You'll be able to put this device pretty much anywhere you want since, measuring 20.1 x 18.9 x 22.3 centimetres, the unit is quite compact, so you won't be forced to sacrifice ample space.

In addition to the body that we've described above, the device comes equipped with these blue LED lights that highlight and showcase the watches inside, making this thing stylish and fascinating enough to become any rooms' centrepiece, serving as an excellent conversation starter that will attract most guests/visitors. You can always turn these lights off though, so you won't have to worry about this piece becoming too gaudy.

The model we're viewing here will be able to comfortably accommodate two watches. You can also order the model that's designed to fit four watches. The only difference between them is that the latter measures 33.8 x 20.1 x 22.4 centimetres compared to the measurements we've mentioned above.

Review of INCLAKE Watch Winder Extremely Quiet Motor, Blue Illumination

Practically Silent

From the functionality perspective, there's not much separating this device from most watch winders. You can choose between four settings: clockwise rotation, counter-clockwise rotation, and two settings that juggle both rotation types, with pauses and without them. The silver knob that lets you switch between these settings is comfortable and accessible (not to mention as sleek and elegant as the entire construction).

More often than not, these devices are pretty loud. That's not the case here though. Hiding this high-end Japanese motor, the watch winder we're reviewing here is as quiet as they come, so you can even place this thing onto the bedside table without worrying about the device disturbing your sleep.

To power the unit, you can use the supplied universal power adapter or two C-size batteries.

The product's downsides are pretty much limited to the fact that its glossy surface is susceptible to smudges and fingerprints, so you'll have to wipe the glass every now and then to make sure this thing looks impeccable.

Apart from that, INCLAKE Watch Winder looks and works good enough to tussle with the most expensive winders on the market right now.

INCLAKE Watch Winder Extremely Quiet Motor, Blue Illumination in the use

 

CHIYODA OK-WW01-8

Simple and Efficient

CHIYODA OK-WW01-8 is an excellent device from most perspectives. But, before most of these perspectives, one of the most important features of any device is usability. And you do get it with the CHIYODA single watch winder!

The winding mode is super easy to set! Instead of multiple controls, it has an on/off button and a mode adjustment knob, just choose the suitable one and fix it in the watch winder! Each mode provides a particular TPD number so please bear in mind your automatic watches requirements. The first setting allows 1400 TPD, enough for most watches. If you need more intensive performance, choose either second (2152 TPD) or the third (5760 TPD) mode. All in all, the device suits a wide variety of automatic watches.

Of course, rotating the watch inside, you'd reckon the device would be producing ample noise. That's not the case though. Equipped with advanced noise-isolating components, this unit produces less noise than most watch winders. At the same time, its Japanese motor is as silent as they get, that's not even mentioning its durable and rugged build.

To fit any band size, the watch winder is equipped with an adjustable pillow: it is easy to remove the filling to fix smaller watches. That is why this watch winder is perfect for each of your family member's timepieces!

Review of CHIYODA OK-WW01-8 Automatic Single Watch Winder

Handmade Watch Winder Box

The first thing that strikes you about this watch winder is the material quality and fitting accuracy. The secret is in a thorough control of each production stage of this handmade watch winder. Not a thing is overlooked! A high-quality plywood housing is covered with a thick shining lacquer layer that complements its cherry-wood texture. Durable and scratch-resistant, this watch winder box has an elegant classy look.

The piano-baking varnished finish adds to the winder's profile, making this unit smooth and polished enough to class up even the most high-end mid-century settings. Meanwhile, the transparent acrylic cover allows you to see the watches being winded.

Owing to its exquisite appearance, the CHIYODA will suit perfectly your luxurious watches. In addition, you can place the device wherever you need thanks to its portable size. This classy watch winder box is perfect for smaller and middle-sized watches. Apart from that, you get this awesome classy device powered by a reliable motor at the most reasonable, moderate price. It is a good value for the money. Also, you can power this device using any 100-120V AC adapter or two 1.5V batteries.

CHIYODA OK-WW01-8 Automatic Single Watch Winder in the use

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HBselect Automatic Watch Winder Box

Elegant and Tasteful

The HBselect Automatic Watch Winder Box looks absolutely stunning. The high-gloss crocodile PU leather adds so much character to an otherwise standard box, making this device pretty much a statement piece, good enough to make a charming addition to just about any room.

The patterns look elegant and tasteful. The leather feels really nice to the touch too. Appearance-wise, we see pretty much no room for improvement here.

There's, however, some room for improvement on the configuration front. Namely, the six bottom sections below the primary rotating holders. We do, however, like that these compartments are there in the first place.

Having said that, they're relatively small and somewhat difficult/awkward to access, so you might face some challenges taking watches out of these compartments.

Apart from that, there's not much to complain about here. The main holders offer ample space for the largest watches. You'll have no issues placing different watches inside these holders as well as taking them out. The adjustable pillows inside these things will let you fit different timepieces as well as protect the watches from scratches.

Review of HBselect Automatic Watch Winder Box with 4 Watch Winder Positions

Solid Enclosed Construction

As far as the winder's performance goes, there's not much here that we haven't seen before. You can choose between two settings. The first setting will rotate the watches clockwise for two minutes, then pause for six minutes, and repeat. The second setting will rotate the timepieces counter-clockwise for two minutes, pause for six minutes, and repeat the process.

The Japanese motor, incorporating rolling bearings made from high-quality stainless steel, is as quiet as they come. At the same time, the winder's enclosed construction makes the whole thing durable enough to last for decades, featuring pure copper parts that don't require any additional maintenance.

Other than that, there's not much to cover here. The box measures 18.5 x 30.5 x 23.5 centimetres, being neither especially compact nor large. You should be able to find enough space for the winder somewhere on the bedside table or anywhere you deem fit. The package is pretty nice too, making the overall product an excellent gift.

All things considered, the HBselect Automatic Watch Winder Box is up there with the best prospects on the market right now. The price is almost too modest considering the high-quality interior components and exterior parts that constitute the box.

HBselect Automatic Watch Winder Box with 4 Watch Winder Positions in the use

 

CHIYODA Watch Winder

An Interesting One

The CHIYODA Watch Winder is an interesting one. At first glance, this product looks pretty underwhelming compared to the winders we have reviewed before. Sure, the handmade wooden frame is solid. At the same time, it is looking rustic, weathered, almost used. On the one hand, the low-gloss wooden veneering on the box's surface has this nice matte texture that's pleasant to the touch and easy on the eyes. Yet, the appearance is not as elegant as some within the same price bracket winders are boasting. The device oozes esteem, sure, but certain customers might find its polished peers more appealing. Having said all that, even the most demanding customers will find its operation appealing.

Between 12 rotation modes, the model's offering 4 TPDs (1850-1250-950-650) and 3 directions (clockwise, counterclockwise, both). Each TPD adopts the same rotation speed but different interval time. Turning at regular intervals, the box will be maintaining the automatic wound and keeping the timepiece accurate when removed from the wrist. Figuring out these rotation modes might take some time because the instructions that this product is shipped with are lacking, to say the least. But, truth be told, most users will not need these different rotation modes anyway and the ones that do will get the hang of things soon enough.

Review of CHIYODA Watch Winder Automatic Single Wristwatch Winding Box Watches Storage Case

No Maintenance Demands

On the ergonomics front, the box measures 15 x 13 x 13 centimetres, so you will not be forced to sacrifice ample bedside table space to fit this device. As you can imagine, with these dimensions, the box will be able to accommodate only one wristwatch. On the bright side, the Japanese Mabuchi motor running inside ensures the quietest operation, so even the lightest sleepers can put this box beside the bed without worrying about adding extra noise to the room at night. As always, Japenese motors last, meaning that this one will be able to go the distance too, working years and maybe even decades without requiring maintenance and replacement.

Very much comparable to most watch winders, this model's offering you two power source options: an AC power adapter or two AA batteries. As you'd expect, the second option will allow you to bring the device with you on the road.

Long story short, people who gravitate towards antique decorative pieces and appreciate vintage articles more than anything else will find the CHIYODA Watch Winder an excellent option, not only functional but very attractive too.

CHIYODA Watch Winder Automatic Single Wristwatch Winding Box Watches Storage Case in the use

 

Kalawen Latest Double

Even More Elegant

The Kalawen Latest Double Watch Winder is a beauty. Even from the pictures (and these do not quite do the model's appearance justice), you can tell that this box is nothing like the winders within this price point, resembling premium models more than its peers. The handmade wooden profile oozes elegance, the piano coating adds class, the acrylic glass window brings nuance, separating this winding device from its middling competition. To add more, the plexiglass coating covers the entire box, protecting its surface from dust, moisture, and scratches.

On the bottom, where no one can see before lifting the box, the model's using high-strength suede, preventing the base from wearing out, whilst the feet raise the device to eliminate skidding and make sure the model's not scratching the bedside table.

Now, you can put this box on the bedside table because its Japanese motor is practically mute, keeping the noise levels below 5 decibels. However, with time, the motor becomes louder, so you'll probably have to pay some professional a visit after 3-5 years.

Where the timepieces winding inside the box are concerned though, you will not be paying anyone any visits because the wristwatches will remain safe and secure there. The memory foam pillows, smooth and soft, will protect the watches from scratches, dust, and moisture. Also, these pillows are measuring 64 and 70 millimetres, so they will be able to accommodate most watch sizes, from small women watches to the largest wristwatches.

Review of Kalawen Latest Double Watch Winder Box with 5 Rotation Modes

The Compact One

Shifting gears towards the winding subject, the device lets you choose between 4 settings. The first setting will spend two minutes rotating the watches clockwise, then pause for six minutes, and repeat the cycle. The second setting move is the same except the watches will be moving counterclockwise. The third setting combines the two previous settings, whilst the last setting spends five minutes going clockwise, then five minutes going counterclockwise. This cycle lasts three hours, then the device pauses for nine hours, and repeats the cycle again.

Going back to the model's ergonomics/build what's somewhat impressive that we haven't mentioned before is that despite easily fitting two wristwatches, the box measures only ~ 20 x 15 x 15 centimetres, which is quite compact compared to most two-watch winders.

Without going into unnecessary details, the Kalawen Latest Double Watch Winder is a brilliant gift, with its almost noble appearance and compact size that, nevertheless, accommodates two wristwatches.

Kalawen Latest Double Watch Winder Box with 5 Rotation Modes in the use

 

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Comparison of Watch Winders

What Is a Watch Winder?

People who own automatic timepieces know that the mechanisms inside always stop when you don't wear the watches 24/7. In other words, automatic watches use your movements throughout the day to self-wind. Of course, when you own more than one timepieces, making these timepieces tick (literally speaking) becomes some challenge. That's the case unless you have a watch winder.

This brilliant device will rotate the watches for you, keeping them tick-tick-ticking no matter what. The winder has been designed for comfortable watch winding, so your timepiece(s) are always at hand and ready to go. At the same time, these boxes are usually attractive enough to compete with the most elegant decoration pieces. Here, we have reviewed five best watch winders to help you make the right choice.

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What Features to Compare

Size

While choosing a watch winder box, the first tip is its size. Consider where you can comfortably place it, for the item might need more space than it seems. The thing is that most watch winder boxes have a flip lid which requires some space for comfortable opening. Usually, the case size depends on the winding modules and number of slots. For owners of 3-4 watches, it is advisable to get a watch winding box with minimum 3 slots. If you only have one or a couple of watches, a single watch winder will be enough. One more important thing is a pillow design and attachments. Please, make sure that you can adapt it, or at least that the pillow suits your wrist size. This way, you won’t have to constantly adjust your watch band.

Settings

The next tip to consider is your chosen automatic watch winder motor. This key part affects the device's efficiency and convenience of use. Cheaper auto watch winders are usually too loud to be used at night. We recommend you to choose a model equipped with a tried-and-true Mabuchi motor, famous for its silent operation. Mechanical watches have a complicated mechanism individual for each item that requires a special winding speed. That is why most manufacturers produce watch winders with multiple settings. In other words, if you want to get a perfectly suited device, bear in mind its winding modes.

Design

Apart from being a functional device, a watch winder box is a classy accessory. That is why its design and the materials used are essential for your choice. Today, you can choose a leather- or cloth- lined, fine wood handmade watch winders. Your brand watches collection will look terrific in one of these cases. For those who appreciate hi-tech design, there are state-of-the-art metal and plastic models. Some watch winder boxes have controls on the housing that also add to the design. So, the main advice here is to select an accessory to your own taste rather than follow a crowd, for a watch winder isn’t a simple device but a decor element in any home interior.

Did you know?

Some Facts About Watches Themselves

  • The title of the most expensive watch in the world belongs to a model with a rather enigmatic name Hallucination by Graff Diamonds. The watch is worth over $55 million (over 40 million pounds) partially thanks to over 110 carats of coloured diamonds set into a bracelet of platinum. What's more interesting is the fact that the 2nd most expensive watch comes from the very same company and holds a similarly grandiose name. The Fascination, by Graff Diamonds, features a price tag of 40 million American dollars (almost 30 million pounds) and is comprised of 152.96 carats of white diamonds and includes a centre, 38.13-carat, pear-shaped diamond that can detach into a ring.
  • The title of the world's biggest clock is somewhat more ambiguous than that of the world's most expensive one. Technically speaking, the world's "Largest Timepiece" was created by artist Jim Bowers, with an official diameter of 1.75 miles (2.8 kilometres). But the aforementioned device incorporates 3 lasers and calling it a clock wouldn't necessarily be correct unless you're interested in discussing the semantics of this word. The title of the world's biggest actual clock would probably have to go to Abraj Al Bait Towers clock in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, featuring a 43-metre diameter clock built on a 601-metre hotel tower in front of the Ka'ba.
  • Although the origins of the very first wristwatch are still unknown and have been the subject of heated debates for the past decade and a half, with some claiming that it was designed and developed by Louis Cartier so that his friend, Mr. Santos-Dumont, could fly a plane without having to take his hands off the controls to check the time, and others insisting that the first wristwatch was invested by a now world-famous designer of watches Patek Phillipe in 1868, the origins of the first self-winding clock are much more clear. A man named John Harwood was the original inventor of the first self-winding watch mechanism sometime during 1923.

Originally a Limited Offer

The history behind watch winders isn't necessarily as long and interesting as the one behind watches themselves. The thing is, the very first watch winders haven't necessarily been designed and created with the largest commercial market in mind. These devices were mostly employed by watch repair shops for a fairly limited variety of fixing and repairing applications. The very first time these devices have been introduced to a wider range of customers happened somewhere in Europe towards the end of the 1990s. The reason for this sudden commercial success lies behind the fact that, at the time, there was a fairly high concentration of engineers and scientists in Japan with a considerable interest in automatic watches and winder production. A small company started producing watch winders for the Japanese market and, ever since then, they have been slowly getting introduced to the rest of the world.

A Decent Watch Winder Isn't as Expensive as You Might Think

While that is true that a watch winder is somewhat of a luxury and not everyone necessarily has to own one of these devices, they are actually not as costly as the majority of people probably tend to believe. Although we still wouldn't recommend purchasing the absolute cheapest option you could possibly find on the market, especially since the majority of them come with a Chinese motor that, more often than not, wouldn't be able to last very long and produce the kind of result the customer may be hoping for, any watch winder that comes equipped with a Japanese Mabuchi motors or one of the similar premier engines will be able to do the job.

FAQ:

Q: Is winding the watches the only thing this device is good for?

A: On the contrary, a watch winder is capable of so much more than simply winding your automatic watch. One of the biggest advantages of the watch winder isn't just that it keeps your automatic watch up to time and date but also the fact that it improves the durability of your watch. First of all, your automatic watch or watches need motion not just to be able to stay on time but also, in order to keep the oil inside, the movement of your watch has to be fluently distributed over the mechanical parts. What some people choose to believe is that watch winders rotate constantly but the truth is that most decent watch winders have programs that feature different kinds of rotation with a resting period. Since the majority of modern automatic watches feature a so-called stress protection in order to avoid putting too much pressure on the mechanical parts of the device, so do the majority of up-to-date watch winders include some type of a program that will be able to protect your watch from receiving some sort of damage.

Q: Should I purchase the kind of watch winder that appeals to me first or is there some meaning behind the design of every model?

A: Of course, since a watch winder isn't just a useful device but also a great and stylish addition to your interior, you should always consider how attractive you find it and how will it be able to fit the room you wish to place it in. But, on top of that, a watch winder isn't just some random device whose structure is a figment of designer's imagination. First and foremost, it is a case that keeps the watch protected. Since different kinds of natural elements such as moisture are capable of disrupting the functioning of the watches by causing corrosion, A watch winder will be more than useful when it comes to protecting your watches from "natural" harm. So, before choosing the one that simply appeals to you on a personal level, you should check whether the device in question will be able to provide a sufficient amount of protection to your watch.

Q: Can I manually turn the motor in a watch winder?

A: Absolutely not. You should never even attempt to manually turn the watch winder's motor since there is a very good chance that this course of action may cause some kind of damage to the unit. If you have any issues with your watch winder and you feel like it isn't functioning properly or at all, you should avoid trying to fix the device on your own and contact a specialist.

Q: Are watch winders loud when operating?

A: It all depends on the model. But, unless you're interested in investing in a cheaper product that comes with a subpar motor, the majority of decent watch winders, especially the ones that include the Japanese Mabuchi motor or any similar alternative, tend to operate in a comparatively quiet fashion and won't be able to disturb you in your sleep.

Sources:

1. Manfred Streit Watch Winders 101: The Ultimate Watch Winder GuideWatchTime. May 9, 2016.

2. Andrew Schneider Watch Winders Buying GuideOverstock. August 10, 2016.

3. Natasha Yuan How to Choose a Right Watch WinderLinkedIn. May 17, 2016.

4. Jason Heaton A Complete Guide to the Care and Feeding of Your Mechanical Watch, Gear Patrol.

5. Automatic Watch, Wikipedia. August 5, 2016.

6. How to Wind an Automatic Watch, wikiHow.

7. Should I Keep My Automatic Watch On A Watch Winder Daily? aBlogtoWatch. September 1, 2013. 

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Publish Date: 2018-01-10 13:26:58