Article By: Logan Hannen

What is up, watchfam?! Today, we’re going to dive deeper into the world of watch winders and discuss whether or not they’re worth the buy!

If you remember from the previous article, which you can find here, we talked about what watch winders are and where they came from. Now, we’re going to get a bit more in-depth when it comes to exactly what they do to the movement of your automatic watch and whether or not it’s worth buying one for yourself. I was tempted to set this up like a pro-con list, but to be honest, there are really only one pro and one con when it comes to watch winders, so let’s just get right into them!

Automatic Watch Winder
Source: Design Huette

Pro:
The only major upside to using a watch winder is its intended purpose – to keep your automatic watches going even when you’re not wearing them. Within this context, there are a few benefits, including being able to turn your automatic watch into just as much of a “grab-and-go” piece as a quartz watch would be, as well as never having to stress about fiddling with the time and date on more complicated pieces to set (like a triple calendar, for example). This is especially good if you’ve got a bunch of pieces that you wear fairly evenly throughout a rotation, since it’ll help keep some of the manual maintenance down a bit. Speaking of maintenance…

Con:
So here’s the big stance people have against watch winders – “it wears down the movement too fast.” Now, technically, that is true, but it really doesn’t do it a whole lot more harm than if it was your only automatic and you wore it every day. Really, the big difference is that in the case of the winder, it’s going 24/7 and, presumably, you wouldn’t be wearing your watch at night with the same level of movement in your sleep (if you even wear one to bed at all). But of course, this will naturally require a service sooner than if the piece was in a regular rotation and ran down its power reserve on a frequent basis because it’s putting in more work.

Pangaea Triple Automatic Watch Winder
Source: Watch Winder Station

Back to the question that gave this article a title: should you buy one? Well, that all depends on you, really. Do you own several other automatic watches and have one in particular without manual winding that is a pain to set once the reserve runs out? Or do only have the one and wear it religiously every day? If the former is true, then it might be worth looking into. If the latter is, then honestly, you’ll probably be fine leaving it on the nightstand every night (provided you do a fair bit of wrist movement of course) and can typically expect it to be going when you wake up in the morning. And if you’re somewhere in the middle? Well, think about your pieces, think about how often you wear certain ones, and as always, keep it classy, watchfam.