Frequently Asked Questions


Which types of watches can the watchwinder wind?

In short, there are two sorts of watches: quartz watches and mechanical watches. A quartz watch is battery-operated, and does not need to be wound.
However, a mechanical watch does need to wound to continue functioning normally. In the past, mechanical watches could only be wound manually. A ‘modern’ mechanical watch, also known as an automatic or self-winding watch, winds itself automatically every time the wearer moves his or her wrist. The wearer's wrist movements cause a small weight within the clockwork to oscillate. This movement ensures that the spring in the clockwork remains charged Many automatic watches have a transparent window at the back of the casing so that you can see the small weight and part of the clockwork.

What is a watchwinder?

A watchwinder ensures that automatic watches are wound while they are not being worn, so the watches always keep the correct time. An automatic watch is normally wound by the wearer's wrist movements. However, if the mechanism does not oscillate sufficiently, the watch will stop working within a few days. A watchwinder provides a solution to this problem, relieving you of the need to reset the time, date, and other functions the next time you wear your watch.

How does a watchwinder work?

A watchwinder simulates the movements made while the watch is being worn. By simulating wrist movements, the spring in the clockwork remains charged and the automatic watch receives enough energy to continue functioning normally. A watchwinder is extremely useful if you own several watches and like to regularly switch between them. Settings like time, date, and other functions do not need to be reset.

Will the watchwinder damage a watch?

No, on the contrary: using a watchwinder will actually increase the lifespan of your automatic watch, as it keeps the moving components in motion. This means the oil in the clockwork is well distributed around the mechanism. A watchwinder is a functional accessory that protects your valuable watches against dust, condensation, and other damaging external influences.

Can a watch be overwound if I leave it in the watchwinder for too long?

No, a watchwinder cannot overwind a watch, so there is no reason to worry if you leave your watch in the watchwinder for a long period of time. A watchwinder cannot damage the watch.

TPD / Turns Per Day

What is TPD?

TPD stands for Turns Per Day. This measurement indicates the number of rotations per day.

What is the most common winding direction and TPD?

As a general rule, around 90% of automatic watches are wound clockwise at 850 turns per day. As almost all our watchwinders are equipped with adjustable winding directions and rotate at a minimum rate of 850 turns per day, you can use them to wind up all automatic watches.

Can I set the watchwinder to rotate according to my preferred number of TPD?

This depends on the model. Our non-adjustable watchwinders rotate on a set TPD that is suitable for all watches. Our more luxurious watchwinders allow you to set the number of turns per day. The general rule is that around 90% of all automatic watches are wound sufficiently with a minimum of 850 TPD.

Does Watchwinder-123 provide any advice on the correct number of TPD?

Click here to find out the winding direction and TPD of your watch.
Is your watch not specified? The watch supplier will most likely be able to provide you with details.
For most automatic watches, the usual number of TPD is between 650 and 1950.

Winding directions

In which winding directions does the watchwinder

CW (Clockwise) The watchwinder winds clockwise.
CCW (Counter Clockwise) The watchwinder winds anticlockwise (CCW = counterclockwise).
CW + CCW (Clockwise + Counter Clockwise) The watchwinder winds in alternate directions (clockwise and anticlockwise) 


In which direction does my watch need to be wound?

A watchwinder winds clockwise and anticlockwise, and can also wind in alternating directions.
The recommended winding direction can be different for each watch. This depends on the brand and type of clockwork.
Click here to find out the TPD and winding direction for your watch.

Could winding the watch in the wrong direction damage it?

No, this will not damage the watch. However, winding the watch in the wrong direction will mean the watch will not be wound as it should be.
As watches have different winding directions, you can wind two types of watch in one watchwinder if the device is set to wind in alternate directions.

The watchwinder sometimes switches itself off. Is this normal?

Yes, this is normal. Every watchwinder has a pre-installed standby period during use in order to simulate how the watch would be worn normally.

Can I set the winding direction on my watchwinder?

This depends on the model. Our non-adjustable watchwinders are preprogrammed to alternate between clockwise and anticlockwise winding, which means they are suitable for use on all watches. Our more luxurious watchwinders allow you to programme how long the watch is rotated in each direction. The general rule is that around 90% of all automatic watches are wound in a clockwise direction.


How do I power my watchwinder?

All our watchwinders can be operated using a mains supply.
There are also watchwinder models that operate on disposable or rechargeable batteries.

Are there any benefits to powering my watchwinder using disposable or rechargeable batteries?

You can power your watchwinder using disposable or rechargeable batteries if it is stored in a locker or if you are taking it on holiday.


From which materials are the watchwinders made?

Our watchwinders are made using different materials and compositions.
For the base and exterior case, we mainly use different varieties of solid wood. We also frequently use MDF as a base material, which means the finish, varnish, paintwork, coating, covering, leather/leather effect, or veneer can vary. In our new line of products, we are increasingly using plastic, metal, and stainless steel.
For the interior, we mostly use velvet, leather, or plastic to produce a stylish finish. Colours, patters, and textures can vary.


How noisy are the watchwinders?

The watchwinders make a minimal amount of noise. However, even though we only work with the best Swiss and Japanese motors, a watchwinder is never completely silent. A watchwinder is a mechanical device containing a number of moving components, such as the motor, electric drive, and watch holder. Our watchwinders make a minimal amount of noise that is only audible to trained ears. Many of our customers have even placed their watchwinder on their bedside table.

Which motors are used in the watchwinder?

Only the best, high-quality Japanese and Swiss motors are used in our watchwinders.
These motors are exceptionally durable and almost completely silent.


Tips for using your watchwinder

  • All our watchwinders can be used to wind up every brand or type of automatic watch.
  • Before using your watchwinder, please read the instructions carefully.
  • Only use the supplied adapter for your electric supply.
  • Always turn off or put the watchwinder on standby when you are removing a watch from or placing a watch into the machine.
  • Close the lid or door to protect the watches from dust and other damaging external influences.
  • Dust the watchwinder on a regular basis.
  • Do not place any magnetic objects near to the watchwinder.
  • Avoid contact with water and/or other liquids.
  • To prevent your watch stopping, be sure to place it in the watchwinder in good time.