How a watch winder works

What is a watch winder and why should you use one?

An automatic watch is a precision piece of engineering and, like your car or any other complex machine, it benefits from being used rather than left idle. Inside your watch are many cogs, levers and springs, all of which are lubricated by a very fine oil that keeps the watch functioning at optimal performance. Using a watch winder helps ensure that the mechanism is kept lubricated and operating as it should. It also adds an element of convenience. Leaving your watch in a winder ensures that when you come to wear it you can be confident that the time is correct and the watch can be immediately worn without the fuss of having to adjust the date or time.


How to use your Barrington watch winder

Our winders are designed to be easy to use. Simply remove the cuff from the winder, wrap your watch around it and close the bracelet/strap, then replace the cuff. Next you need to set the rotation direction – clockwise, counter-clockwise, or alternating between the two – and how many Turns Per Day (TPD) you wish it to rotate for. Most watch manufacturers provide guidance on this, but as a rule of thumb heavier watches require more TPD and we prefer setting our watches on an alternating rotation schedule. Once the settings have been adjusted, the winder will begin winding your watch.


How our winders care for your watch

Barrington Watch Winders operate on a principle of gentle rotation. Mindful of the delicate mechanism of your watch, all our winders rotate for a minute before resting and then starting again for another minute, with the interval period determined by how many TPD you have selected (a lower number of TPD means a longer interval while a higher number of TPD leads to a shorter interval). To further protect your watch Barrington Watch Winders only operate for twelve hours in every twenty-four. This means the one-minute cycles will continue only over a twelve-hour period and for the next twelve hours the winder will rest. You can set your winder to predominantly rotate during night-time hours or daytime hours depending on your preference. 

Quiet and convenient

Our quiet watch winder motors are suitable for placing in an office, living area or even a bedroom. Single Winders can be operated with two AA batteries, meaning they can be placed in a safe without requiring a mains power supply; battery life will depend on the weight of your watch and the TPD setting.

For more information please have a look at our FAQ page


Contact us

We do not expect you will have any problems with your Barrington Watch Winder but in the unlikely event that it fails to perform as you expect, we offer the reassurance of a one-year warranty on all our products and we are always on hand in our Buckinghamshire office to answer any queries you may have; just call us on 01494410126.