Richman watch winder: What is it? And what does it do?

When it comes to gifting, you never really want to ask your recipient what they want. But, even if you were to ask Dad what he wants for Father’s Day, he’d probably respond with something along the lines of “I have everything I need”. And you know he really means it.

Dad may not care much for all the material stuff, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a great Father’s Day gift. Whether it’s a high-end gift that he’d never blatantly ask for or a practical pair of socks, there are plenty of gifts for dad.

Automatic watches are attractive, expensive and highly valued. They are unique and different from other types of watch and contain complex mechanical components. Due to these qualities, wearers have to afford them more care and attention.

One of the first places to start is investing in a Richman automatic watch winder box. Below is a comprehensive overview of what you need to know about an automatic watch winder. A watch winder is a battery or electric-powered tool that keeps automatic watches wound through rotary and vibration technology. Automatic watches run for as long as you wear them and possess a 24-72 hour power reserve. An automatic watch that you have not worn for a while will stop running since there is no movement.

To avoid this, you have to store it in a watch winder box. A watch winder keeps the watch in rotation in the same manner as wearing it on your wrist. The functions of this instrument to keep the watch fully wound and in a ready-to-wear state.

A Richman automatic watch winder box. PHOTO: RICHMAN

Nowadays, many timepiece owners have more than one wristwatch in their collections. Automatic watches have numerous extra features aside from displaying the time. These features can include the display months, years, leap years, and moon phases.

With each extra feature, a corresponding mechanism exists within the watch. Each of these mechanisms consumes energy from the mainspring and power reserve between windings. Since you cannot wear all of your automatic watches at the same time every day, you have to wind to regain functionality.

The task of winding your collection of watches daily will be tedious. An automatic watch winder provides you with the convenience of not having to hand-wind and reset your automatic watches. A watch winder also helps solve the problem of oil pooling.

Watches use oil to reduce friction in the many moving components. When a watch stops, this action disrupts the even distribution of the lubricant. Constant oil pooling minimises the watch’s accuracy, damages the movement, and affects its service life. A good watch winder will prevent this from happening.

As exhibited in all instruments, a watch winder has its advantages are to ensure automatic watches are accurate whether you wear them or not. It eliminates the inconvenience of having to hand-wind unworn watches. It can accommodate multiple watches at the same time. It helps increase the service life of watches by eliminating lubricant pooling.

Factors to consider when looking for a watch winder:

Storage capacity

Larger watch winders can store several watches (often two to four). Large storage capacity is the recommendable option if you have a timepiece collection. A larger watch winder can also withstand bumps and shield the watches much better than smaller winders.

Sound

Consumers often overlook this criterion. Analysing the noise, the motor of the watch winder produces is essential. Watch winders that are overly noising during operation tend to be of poor quality. It will also be unpleasant placing it in your bedroom or living room. Always go for the silent motor watch winders.

Rotation direction

The ideal watch winder is one that rotates in both clockwise and counter-clockwise directions. A watch winder that turns in only one direction may cause your automatic watch’s mechanism to wear over time.

Price

When it comes to watch winders, cheap is not often the best. Always avoid the very cheap winders. They tend to exert pressure on the watch and negatively affect its mechanisms and overall performance. Quality winders are often expensive but possess mechanisms that prevent over-winding thus reducing stress.