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Spotlight on Watch Winders

In addition to keeping it cleaned and serviced, one of the best ways to maintain your automatic watch is with a watch winder.

What is a watch winder?

A watch winder is a small box that is used to keep automatic watches fully wound when they are not on the wearer’s wrist. Automatic watches rotate, or wind, when they are being worn using the movement of the wrist and the weight inside the watch.  However, if you don’t wear your watch daily or you have a collection of automatic watches that trade-off wrist time, a watch winder is necessary to keep your watch functioning properly.

Wolf 1834 Regent 12 Piece Cabinet Winder
Wolf 1834 Regent 12 Piece Cabinet Winder

How does a watch winder work?

A watch winder keeps a timepiece in random motion, mimicking the movement of the wrist, so that it continues to wind even when it isn’t being worn. The watch is simply placed on a cushion inside of the box and can be left there until the next wear.

Underwood Double Watch Winder Case and Modules
Underwood Double Watch Winder Case and Modules

Why invest in a watch winder?

One of the greatest benefits of a watch winder is that it offers convenience, ensuring that one or multiple automatic watches are wound and ready to be worn at all times.

Watch winders not only help to maintain the functionality of automatic watches, they offer a nice display case for timepieces when they aren’t being worn. Whether you’re looking to store one or dozens of watches, winders come in all shapes and sizes and are crafted with high-quality materials. Some winders are clear and others are made of metal, leather or wood, meaning they look great atop a dresser or shelf.

Orbita Sempre 1 Teak
Orbita Sempre 1 Teak

Watch storage is extremely important and a watch winder is the perfect way to keep your watch safe. When watches are simply set on dressers or shelves without the use of a watch winder or storage box, they can easily fall, leaving them cracked or broken. Additionally, while the movement of your wrist is the best way to keep an automatic watch wound, a watch winder is certainly the next best option. Winders can be programmed to fit the specific needs of your watch, lengthening the time needed between service appointments and preventing costly repairs down the road.

If you own even one automatic watch, a watch winder is an excellent investment. Feldmar proudly carries Orbita, Underwood and Wolf winders. If you are in the market for a new winder, give us a call or stop into one of our stores.

About The Author: Scott Meller


Born and raised in Los Angeles, Scott joined Feldmar Watch Company, Inc. under the tutelage of his father, Sol. As a fourth generation family member, Scott’s forward-thinking business acumen has placed Feldmar on the cutting edge of the luxury timepiece market. Scott’s favorite part about working at Feldmar is being a part of his family’s multi-generational business and having worked alongside his father. His accomplishments are many, including the expansion and remodel of the Feldmar flagship store, as well as a second location inside The Beverly Hilton.

Since attending Santa Monica College, Scott has become an expert in the technical aspects of the timepieces sold at Feldmar. Each year, he travels to Switzerland—the watchmaking capital of the world—to attend the Baselword Watch & Jewelry Fair and build upon his extensive knowledge of this quickly-evolving industry.

Scott is very proud of the way Feldmar customers are put first: “We regularly go out of our way to meet the needs of our clients. A client once purchased a rather significant watch as a birthday gift for his brother who lived in New York. Our client asked how we were going to deliver the gift and we responded with the typical answer, we would ship it by FedEx. After we answered his question, we could tell that he wanted a more personalized experience for the delivery and offered to have it hand-delivered by one of our associates. He lit up at the thought, and so off went one of our associates to New York City for the day to hand-deliver the gift.”

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