Watch winder information
A watch winder is a device that winds the tourbillion of an automatic watch. These watches contain no batteries and are wound by the wrist movement that causes the tourbillion to move. Automatic watches can also be wound by the crown as they have been before battery(quartz movement) was invented. Adrien Philippe, founder of Patek Philippe invented a ‘slipping mainspring’ for watches on June 16, 1863 to prevent watches from being overwound. many myths have since been issued out by comopanies that select watch winders can overwind a watch. This is not true as the link provides above in wikepedia in the search, “automatic watch. There are many brands of watches inlcuding Rolex, Breitling, Cartier, that have automatic movement within the watch. Rolex is the most popular automatic watch and all of their watches contain this automatic movement. Automatic watches can be wound either clockwise or counterclockwise. Watch winders today contain a bi-directional movement that allows the watches to turn in both directions. If a watch moves in the opposite direction their in no negative effect to the watch. The gears of the watch simply do not recognize they are in movement. It is the opposite movement of the watch winder that triggers the tourbillion to move.
Reason for a watch winder
Automatic watches will stop in automatic movement if they are not worn or the crown in not turned after a period of 48 to 72 hours. Rolex watches will typically stop after 48 hours. The watch winder keeps the watch in motion and mimics the motion of the wrist as to trigger the tourbillion within the watch. This motion of the watch winder allows the watch to continue operating without being worn or turned at the crown. A watch winder does not truly wind a watch but rather mimics the moment of the wrist on order to trigger the tourbillion into moving that keeps the watch in movement as to keep proper time while the watch is not being worn. The only way to truly wind an automatic watch is to wind it at the crown. To fully wind a watch, 10 to 20 revolution at the crown will accomplish this. Some watches are turned clockwise or counterclockwise at the crown as to why watch winders turn clockwise, counterclockwise, or bi-directional. Watch winders that have bi-direction movement accomplish the task of turning watches in both directions. An automatic watch turning in both directions has NO negative affect on a watch turning in the opposite direction. While turning in the opposite direction, the watch is simply suspended in movement and is not recognized by the watch winder. All watch winders at swisstgallery.com move on both directions.