Do I need a watch winder for my mechanical watch? This is one of the most popular questions asked by watch enthusiasts.

In reality, although a watch winder is definitely a worthwhile collector's item, a watch winder is not a necessary peripheral to a mechanical watch.



A very important reason for many watch enthusiasts to purchase a watch winder is that there is an anxiety that "stopping a mechanical watch will damage the movement and have a bad effect".

In reality, however, the long-term placement and stopping of a mechanical watch does not produce permanent damage.


Watches are placed and produce three kinds of effects.

1. The natural ageing deterioration of the rubber ring and waterproofing paste.

2. The natural ageing deterioration of the movement lubricant.

3. Non-permanent condensation of the movement lubricant.




In contrast, loading the watch on a watch winder so that it is constantly running produces four kinds of effects.

1. the natural ageing deterioration of the rubber ring and the waterproofing paste

2. The ageing deterioration of the movement lubricant.

3. Additional ageing deterioration of the movement lubricant due to friction.

4. Wear and tear of movement parts due to friction.


The natural ageing of rubber rings, waterproofing pastes and movement lubricants is inevitable, just as we all get older. The third effect of leaving the watch unattended, "condensation of the movement lubricant", is not permanent. It can be restored to its original state of performance by starting the watch again.

When a watch is mounted on a watch winder, the wear and tear on the movement parts caused by friction is permanent and irreversible and can only be solved by replacing them with new parts.


The watch winder actually serves two main purposes.

Firstly, it is used to simulate the wearing of the watch by the human body and to detect errors in the actual running of the watch, commonly known as "dynamic detection".

The second point is to adapt it to some special watches, such as those with a perpetual calendar function. Common perpetual calendar watches cannot be adjusted backwards and forwards quickly at will to show the date of the watch, etc. Once the movement stops, the secondary adjustment is not only troublesome, but also easily damaged. A watch winder is therefore needed to simulate the human body wearing it, so that it can be constantly wound up to replenish energy and support the movement's normal operation.


In practice, of course, some watches have a short power reserve of 48 hours or less. If you remove the watch from work on Friday and put it back on your hand the following Monday, you will certainly need to adjust the time. Many watch enthusiasts find such an operation very troublesome and buy a watch winder.

For such short periods of storage of no more than a week, the wear and tear on the movement caused by the use of a watch winder is perfectly reasonable and acceptable.

However, if the watch is not to be worn for a long period of time and for non-specific perpetual calendar functions, it is advisable not to use a watch winder and simply put it in a safe.



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