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Watch winders. Do you really need one? When I'm not wearing my auto watches, I store them in a box. :001_smile:
But I read that it's better to store it in a watch winder. Can WTF members tell me some of the pro's of havin a watch winder. :confused1::001_unsure:

 

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PROS: another cool gadget, makes automatics a little more grab and go, a necessity for calendar / moon phase complications

CONS: unnecessary gadget if you only have basic date only watches with quick sets that can take funds away from watch purchases
 

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If you feel you have to have one: spend the few extra bucks and get a top-notch brand like Orbita. The low priced ones have a tendency to stop working after a few months.
 

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PROS: another cool gadget, makes automatics a little more grab and go, a necessity for calendar / moon phase complications

CONS: unnecessary gadget if you only have basic date only watches with quick sets that can take funds away from watch purchases
Pros: Is it better for the mainspring if kept tightly wine?:confused1:
 

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Pros: Is it better for the mainspring if kept tightly wine?:confused1:
For timekeeping purposes yes. But if you aren't going to use the watch for a few days or weeks don't worry about it. Just wind it via the crown when you go to wear it.
 

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It's not necessary in my opinion unless you own an automatic Perpetual Calendar. At that point, it becomes a necessity.
 

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IMO
you do not need or want a winder
Too much wear and tear on the watch
Better to store the watch and wind every month when not wearing.
Better still alternate wearing your watches so they are running and not drying up
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Can you explain the Auto Perpetual Calendar feature?
Configurations will vary, but the info is the same. It's an automatic movement that uses dials to keep track of:
the date (the dial at 3)
the day of the week (the dial at 9)
the phase of the moon (dial at 6)[a lunar month = 29.5 days]
the month (dial at 12)
the watch may or may not (this one does) keep track of whether or not it is a leap year. Some even have an Equation of Time dial. It usually goes from -15 to 0 to +15 and displays the difference between "normal time" and apparent solar time- useful for checking the accuracy of that sundial in your back yard.

 

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Configurations will vary, but the info is the same. It's an automatic movement that uses dials to keep track of:
the date (the dial at 3)
the day of the week (the dial at 9)
the phase of the moon (dial at 6)[a lunar month = 29.5 days]
the month (dial at 12)
the watch may or may not (this one does) keep track of whether or not it is a leap year. Some even have an Equation of Time dial. It usually goes from -15 to 0 to +15 and displays the difference between "normal time" and apparent solar time- useful for checking the accuracy of that sundial in your back yard.
Technically, I don't think a perpetual calendar has to do moonphase or equation of time, but it DOES have to track leap years - that's the difference between perpetual and annual, isn't it?
 

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Technically, I don't think a perpetual calendar has to do moonphase or equation of time, but it DOES have to track leap years - that's the difference between perpetual and annual, isn't it?
Correct. Equation of Time is not a necessity, but most perpetual calendars have moon phase.
 

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Right, but it's an additional complication, not part of the perpetual calendar, right? And the perpetual tracks leap years, but the annual calendar does not?
 

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Correct.
 

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To the salvation or the detriment of the bank account? :lol:
 

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Too much wear and tear on the watch
Is this a fact or just an opinion?

1) I have read that automatic winding mechanisms can work differently, and a winder that does great with one auto may not be right, or even be harmful, to another.

2) What if the WW is in operation between 9p-3a on an auto with day/date function?

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1) I have read that automatic winding mechanisms can work differently, and a winder that does great with one auto may not be right, or even be harmful, to another.
Show me where you read that please. It might have been about the amount of turns per hour, not a particluar winder.

2) What if the WW is in operation between 9p-3a on an auto with day/date function?
No worries. It's the same type of winding as if you're wearing the watch. Your confusing this with not using the quickset features during those hours.
 

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Show me where you read that please. It might have been about the amount of turns per hour, not a particluar winder.
Thanks for the reply! I've absorbed so much in the last few weeks... looked at hundreds of sites. Could be I misunderstood. I'll see if I can find it.
 

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1) I have read that automatic winding mechanisms can work differently, and a winder that does great with one auto may not be right, or even be harmful, to another.
Show me where you read that please. It might have been about the amount of turns per hour, not a particluar winder.
Actually, I read the same thing myself, although it might not be exactly what brashboy has in mind.
(Naturally, now that I want it I can't find it!)
The instance I'm remembering was in a sales pitch from a watch winder manufacturer. It talked about how, unlike their programmable models that can run for a set amount of time and then stop, cheap bargain-basement winders continuously spin the watch around and stop only when they're shut off or unplugged.
 
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