1) Why do you need a watch winder?
The first purpose of a watch winder is to store the automatic watches or kinetic watches and to keep them wound when they are not worn every day. This is particularly an advantage when a watch has several complications such as perpetual calendars, moon phases or date-date.
AVANTE’s watch winder collections are designed to hold one or more watches and to move them in circular patterns which recreate the human body movement, which normally would keep the self-winding mechanism working.
A watch winder also prevents a watch from the state of “Pooling”, which can occur when a watch is not worn or wound by a watch winder for a longer period of time. This will have effects on the accuracy and lifespan of the watch.
Another important purpose of a watch winder, which AVANTE really cares about, is the display of the watch collections to family and friends in a nice and presentable way. This is a great way of storing your precious and valuable timepieces.
2) How does a watch winder work?
Each automatic watch requires a specific amount of Turns per Day (TPD) and a specific rotating direction (clockwise, counter-clockwise, or in both directions) to maintain its functionality and ensures a smooth running over generations.
While most automatic watches require approx. 650-800 TDP to preserve smooth operation, a few distinctive watches need more or less winding based on their specifications. Most modern automatic watches get along even with a higher rate of turns. In case of an antique watch that requires a more accurate balance between running and pausing, the chosen TPD play a crucial role.
ü AVANTE’s watch winders have from 21 to 27 program control available regarding the type of watch winder.
ü The website database of AVANTE provides information of watches’ TPD and rotation direction of most watch brands. Please choose the most suitable settings for your watch.
ü If you do not find your watch settings on the database, please try first with the Auto mode (1900 TPD in both direction) or you are welcome to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for enquiry for your watch setting.
3) What is pooling?
When a watch is worn daily or often, the lubricants are evenly distributed throughout the movement and the watch runs properly. If this is not the case, the issue of “pooling” appears which means that the oil settles or “pools” and parts of the movement are without lubricants. This gives most watch connoisseurs a reason for concern. When watches have been in the state of “pooling” for a longer period of time, the accuracy is affected and the lifespan is shortened drastically. A watch winder prevents the matter of pooling and ensures the longevity of precious timepieces.
4) What is an automatic watch?
An automatic or self-winding watch is a mechanical watch in which the mainspring is wound automatically as a result of the natural movement of the wearer's wrist, which provides energy to run the watch. Nowadays many of the mechanical watches sold are self-winding.
5) What is an automatic quartz or kinetic movement watch?
In 1986 Seiko introduced the first watch with kinetic movement at the Basel Fair. The so-called self-winding or automatic watch is powered by the movement of a human being. A rotor turns a tiny electrical generator, charging an accumulator, such as a rechargeable battery or capacitor that powers the quartz movement. Such movements aim to provide the advantages of a quartz watch without the need to replace the battery or capacitor.
6) How long will a watch with automatic and kinetic movement run when unworn?
How long the energy lasts when the automatic watch is unworn depends on the design of the watch movement. Generally, most automatic watches run from 40 – 60 hours when fully wound. Some special watch movements can last for a duration of up to 7 days e.g. IWC – Big Pilot’s Watch Top Gun.
7) What do I have to do before placing my watch into the watch winder?
Wind up your watch a little bit by hand or shake it gently to get it moving. Make sure the watch is also running when starting the operation of the winder.
8) Can a watch be over wound in a watch winder?
A watch winder will not over wind your watch unless your watch has a malfunction in the first place.
9) My wrist size is small/ large, does my watch fit into a watch winder of AVANTE?
Most watch winder companies only design the watch pad for man. An AVANTE watch holder is designed holding watches of different wrist sizes for women, men, or young adults.
- Standard wrist size reference:
Women or young adult`s wrist size of diameter from 5 1/4 - 6 ½ inches (13.3 – 16.5cm)
Men wrist size of diameter from 6- 8 inches (18.1 – 21.6cm)
- AVANTE watch holder size:
For standard holder with wrist size of diameter 51/2 – 7 inches (14– 18 cm)
With additional mounting: Approx: 7 – 9 inches (18 – 23cm)