Best Watch Winders in the UK

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 4, 2019
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
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PROS

The model features a fairly unique ability to store up to 10 different wrist watches thanks to some additional space with handles on the front row below the platforms. Furthermore, this device comes with a key and a lock so you can rest assured knowing that nobody is going to touch and stain your precious watches.

CONS

Some of the handles may prove to be a bit small for watches with substantial bands.

OUR VERDICT

This device is every watch collector's dream. Excelvan Luxury Watch Rotator 4+6 provides them with enough space to fit all of their watches inside an exquisite looking box that is comprised of sturdy wood and PU leather.

detailed parameters
Dimensions

34.5 х 26 х 22 cm

Winding modules

4+6

Winding

4 rotation modes:

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 5 minutes, counter 5 minutes for 3 hours, pause 9 minutes, repeat

Rotation

Clockwise, counter-clockwise, bi-directional

Power

AC power outlet or 2x D size battery (not included)

Exterior

Wood

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The transmission is durable and reliable. Its copper fittings are as robust and rugged as they come. The model's vertical design makes the accessory much more compact, saving space and looking great in the bedroom or office.

CONS

The ribbed surface is more susceptible to dust buildup. 

OUR VERDICT

JQueen W07 is as attractive as it is practical and functional. The watch winder will be able to class up just about any setting. It will take good care of your watch(es). Plus, the model will prove an excellent conversation starter.

detailed parameters
Dimensions

20 x 18 x 18 cm

Winding modules

2

Winding

4 rotation modes:

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 5 minutes, counter 5 minutes for 3 hours, pause 9 minutes, repeat

Rotation

Clockwise, counter-clockwise, alternating

Power

100-240v AC adapter or 2 x 1.5V battery (not included)

Exterior

MDF + PU leather and piano lacquer protection 

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 too 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, counter-clockwise, bi-directional

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

The Japenese motor is about as silent as they come. Even the lightest sleepers will be able to put the model next to their bed and enjoy quality sleep time. The PU leather pillows and hardened glass will be able to keep your watches dust-free and protected from harm.

CONS

The settings read upside down when viewed from the front.

OUR VERDICT

This watch winder from CRITIRON will prove particularly suitable for timepiece enthusiasts who prefer large and/or oversized watches. It looks especially elegant and tasteful considering the modest price tag that the product comes with. The model is reliable and very much durable.

detailed parameters
Dimensions

18.5 x 15.5 x 17 cm

Winding modules

2

Winding

4 rotation modes:

CW for 5 minutes, rest for 55 minutes, repeat;

CCW for 4 minutes, rest for 26 minutes, repeat;

CW for 3 minutes, rest for 12 minutes, repeat;

CW for 3 hours, rest for 9 hours, repeat

Rotation

Clockwise, counter-clockwise, alternating

Power

AC adapter (100-240V) or 4 x 1.5V batteries (not included)

Exterior

MDF + PU leather

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The lid of the winder provides an extra layer of protection, its flip-down design is very practical, and, as per usual, it also serves as a transparent viewing window, so you will have a nice view of your watch. The model is really easy to use, with a simple switch on the back of the box. 

CONS

Doesn't work with batteries. 

OUR VERDICT

The watch winder from Time Tutelary is a great decorative accessory that will easily embellish the interior of any room, a functional tool that will keep your watch running, and a durable product with a silent Japanese motor that will let you put this thing on a nightstand beside your bed.

detailed parameters
Dimensions

15 x 14.7 x 14 cm

Winding modules

1

Winding

Countdown function: rotates for an hour and rests for 3 hours

Rotation

Clockwise and counter-clockwise

Power

AC power adapter

Exterior

Wood

Warranty

1 year

Excelvan Luxury Watch Rotator 4+6

A Virtual Watch Storage

The Excelvan Luxury Watch Rotator 4+6 is one of those cases where it's hard to tell whether the manufacturer's intention was to create the kind of model that would be able to stand out from the rest of its competition or it is something that happened on its own regardless of the developer's motives. Well, no matter what the company's behind this watch winder thought process was, we can safely say that this is one of the more unique options on the market.

At the first glance, it may seem like any other premium watch winder out there. Sure, it's a bit bulkier than the majority of models that are able to fit multiple watches, but there doesn't seem to be any other major outliers. Well, this is one of those cases where the first sight can be deceptive and shouldn't be trusted. 

First of all, while the model is capable of proudly displaying four different wristwatches on a couple of chic platforms, the device actually features a fairly unique ability to store up to 10 different wrist watches thanks to some additional space with handles on the front row below the platforms. While that may seem somewhat excessive to a regular person, this will be an absolute steal for somebody with a substantial collection of watches or a large family of wristwatch enthusiasts.

Review of Excelvan Luxury Watch Rotator 4+6 Storage Box Case Automatic Rotation

Every Collector's Dream

It goes without saying that if we're willing to suggest this product to a watch aficionado, we had to make sure the exterior of this model is up to par. Otherwise, the only thing this watch winder box will be able to do is embarrass the kind of quality watches that every respected watch collector has in heaps. And, without further ado, the Excelvan Luxury Watch Rotator 4+6 absolutely delivers when it comes to looking the part. Featuring a familiar to any watch connoisseur pianoesque paint, this model incorporates a brilliant finishing job that entails a truly elegant look with a classic yet distinctive luxurious design.

Similar to any other watch winder out there, this device relieves watch collectors of having to wind and reset the day/date of their self-winding automatic timepieces. And, as we have already established, since this model is capable of storing up to 10 watches at a time, very few could possibly hope to offer this kind of performance en masse.

Furthermore, this device comes with a key and a lock so you can rest assured knowing that nobody is going to touch and stain your precious watches. On top of that, the device can work off 2x D size batteries as well as through an AC adapter meaning that you can bring all of your watches with you to your office. And given that very few people would go as far as to purchase a product this extravagant for themselves, the model in question can serve as a great gift to your significant other, friend, or a family.

All in all, this device is every watch collector's dream thanks to the fact that the Excelvan Luxury Watch Rotator 4+6 provides them with enough space to fit all of their watches.

Excelvan Luxury Watch Rotator 4+6 Storage Box Case Automatic Rotation in the use

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JQueen W07

Making a Statement

The JQueen W07 looks fantastic, modern and sleek but, at the same time, classic and timeless. The model has enough charm to class up pretty much any setting. Its piano baking varnish appearance and acrylic organic glass make the winder pop up just enough to make a statement and attract the eye.

At the same time, the model's construction and composition are as much about aesthetics as they are about practicality. The materials here are strong, rugged, and durable. They will not crack nor will you be able to accidentally break the winder. The glass is very much transparent but, at the same time, not susceptible to scratches.

The piano lacquer here serves a roughly similar purpose, making the model appear chic and sophisticated but also protecting the surface from scratches. As far as we're concerned, the only issue with the winder's exterior is that the ribbed/corrugated surface is more susceptible to dust buildup.

The model measures 20 x 18 x 18 centimetres in overall dimensions, not particularly large but not necessarily too small. However, its vertical design makes the winder much more compact, saving space and looking great in the bedroom or office.

Review of JQueen W07 Automatic Watch Winder

Conversation Starter

As much as looks matter, there are things that make or break these mechanical tools far more than appearance points. For example, the powerful but, at the same time, pretty much silent Japanese motor that the model comes equipped with sells the product as much as its elegant profile. You'll be able to put this thing onto your nightstand and sleep like a baby.

We've talked about the quality exterior but the interior here is pretty good too. The transmission is durable and reliable. Its copper fittings are as robust and rugged as they come. Inside, you'll find two turntables with soft PU watch pillows that look delightful and protect your watches at night.

As far as the model's functionality is concerned, there isn't much here that we haven't seen before. As it is usually the case, the motor has 3 direction settings (clockwise, counter-clockwise, and alternating) as well as multiple turns per day settings. The first setting incorporates 2-minute clockwise rotations, 6-minute rest time, rinse repeat. The second setting is the same except that it rotates the watch(es) in the counter-clockwise direction.

The third setting mixes it up, rotating the watch(es) for 2 minutes clockwise, then pausing for 6 minutes, then rotating your timepiece(s) for 2 minutes counter-clockwise, pausing for 6 minutes, repeating the same cycle indefinitely. The last setting rotates your watch(es) clockwise for 5 minutes, then counter-clockwise for 5 minutes as well. It goes on for 3 hours, then rests for 9 hours, and, again, rinse repeat.

In short, the JQueen W07 is as attractive as it is practical and functional. The watch winder will be able to class up just about any setting. It will take good care of your watch(es). Plus, the model will prove an excellent conversation starter.

JQueen W07 Automatic Watch Winder in the use

 

CHIYODA OK-WW01-8

Simple and Efficient

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, 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. To fit any band size, the watch winder is equipped with 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!

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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. A 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. In addition, you get this awesome classy device powered by a reliable motor at a moderate price. It is a good value for the money!

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

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CRITIRON 212296302-02

High-Gloss Mirror Finish

Watch winders are as much practical accessories as they are decoration pieces. They have to look good. Otherwise, what's the point? These things aren't all that necessary and neither are watches these days. They're fashion statements more than tools. On that note, let's talk about the model from CRITIRON.

It is very much capable of making a statement. We really like its subtle, minimalistic design that, at the same time, is able to attract the eye and, at the very least, seamlessly blend with just about any interior and/or improve it.

Featuring 18.5 x 15.5 x 17 centimetres in overall dimensions, the model is neither too large nor too small. That being said, it offers ample interior space for large and oversized watches. There's very little chance you won't be able to comfortably fit 2 different timepieces inside the box.

Construction-wise, as far as we can tell, the winder has been designed for long-lasting durability and elegance to match. With its high-gloss mirror finish, the model looks about as good as they come. The PU leather pillows will be able to keep your watches dust-free and protected from harm. The usual see-through glass looks relatively thin but it is surprisingly tough and scratch-resistant, so the model will not be causing any maintenance issues.

Review of CRITIRON 212296302-02 Automatic Watch Winder

Choose the Mode

The MDF casing and hardened glass aren't the only parts here that make the watch winder such an attractive option. The Japenese motor is about as silent as they come. Even the lightest sleepers will be able to put the model next to their bed and enjoy quality sleep time.

On the functionality subject, the model does not necessarily present anything we haven't seen before. It is able to rotate clockwise, counter-clockwise, and alternating between the two. There are 4 rotation modes that you can choose from.

The first mode will rotate the timepieces clockwise for 5 minutes, rest for 55 minutes, then repeat the procedure. The second mode will steer the rotations into the counter-clockwise direction for 4 minutes, rest for 26 minutes, then continue the same cycle. The third mode is very simple: it will rotate the watches clockwise for 3 minutes, pause for 12 minutes, rinse repeat.

The last mode is a little different. It will keep the watches rotating for 3 hours straight. After that, the watch winder will take a 9-hour break. After the break, it will keep on going with the same principle.

In closing, this winder from CRITIRON will prove particularly suitable for timepiece enthusiasts who prefer large and/or oversized watches. It looks especially elegant and tasteful considering the modest price tag that the product comes with. Plus, the model is reliable and very much durable.

CRITIRON 212296302-02 Automatic Watch Winder in the use

 

Time Tutelary KA079

A Nice Balance

Any watch winder is three things: a container for a watch, a decorative accessory, and a functional instrument. And though it has its flaws, the Time Tutelary model does a pretty good job covering all of these bases.

To get the ball rolling, let's address the visual aspect first. The winder doesn't really have that luxurious presence that you will often find in some of the more expensive models. But it would be fair to say that it features a rather pleasant square appearance.

The black high-gloss finish is certainly attractive, making the box look slick and elegant. The light faux leather interior, on the other hand, gives it more of a luxurious look, similar to the said expensive models. Plus, the cream colouration makes for a good contrast with the black finish of the exterior, not to mention the extra touch of luxury that it offers.

As a container, this product is no slouch either. Sure, the box was designed as a single watch winder, so it won't be that good of a choice for you if you have multiple watches and you look switching it up every couple of days. But as a single watch box, the model is great. Because it features a lot of clearance between the watch and the winder itself, the product is particularly suitable for those large chunky watches that wouldn't fit a regular winder.

Review of Time Tutelary KA079 Automatic Single Watch Winder

Silence is Golden

It is by no means revolutionary but we really liked the lid of the winder. It provides an extra layer of protection, its flip-down design is very practical, and, as per usual, it also serves as a transparent viewing window, so you will have a nice view of your watch.

As far as functionality is concerned, the model leaves a bit of a mixed feeling. On one hand, it is really easy to operate. There's one switch that will allow you to turn the rotation from clockwise to counter-clockwise.

But you won't have the usual number of rotation modes that people have come to expect out of these winders. All you'll have at your disposal is a countdown function that rotates the watch for an hour and then rests for 3 hours. And sure, most people really don't use all of these extra rotation modes, but it is still nice to have that option.

We also didn't like the fact that the model can only be powered via an AC adapter. As it can't work off batteries, your transportation options will be a bit limited. But we cannot say that we were equally displeased with the size. Featuring 15 x 14.7 x 14 cm in overall dimensions, the winder is really compact and you'll easily be able to find some space for it in any room.

Other than that, the watch winder from Time Tutelary is a great decorative accessory that will easily embellish the interior of any room, a functional tool that will keep your watch running, and a durable product with a silent Japanese motor that will let you put this thing on a nightstand beside your bed.

Time Tutelary KA079 Automatic Single Watch Winder in the use

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Comparison of Watch Winders

What Is a Watch Winder?

Owners of automatic watches know that the mechanism will stop if you don't wear your watches regularly. In other words, automatic watches use your movements throughout a day to self-wind. If you have more than one accessory or own a watch collection, making them tick is a challenge, unless you have a watch winder! This awesome device has been designed for comfortable watch winding, so your timepiece(s) are always at hand and ready to go! 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