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The Best Watch Winders on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like pillows), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ’em) products and single out the most convincing. We’ve written before about the best smartwatches and affordable men’s watches, and the $40 watch a Strat writer wore to ace job interviews on a post-grad budget. Here, we’ve rounded up the best watch winders to keep your automatic watch running when it’s not on your wrist, according to the people. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best wooden single watch winder

Chiyoda Single Wooden Watch Winder With Quiet Motor

“Fussy and seldom impressed, I was so blown away with the quality, look, and price of this winder that I have to rate it as one of the best deals on Amazon. Magnificent piano finish, luxurious velvet interior, ultra-quiet, high-quality motor and multiple sophisticated modes of operation. Having extensively researched winders, I would put this up against winders costing several hundred dollars. Comes in a beautiful presentation box, making this an ideal gift for a serious watch collector who would assume you paid far more than what they are charging. So refreshing to find a seller who could charge much more but doesn’t! Looks nice in seller’s picture but even better in person! Unusually fine, handmade craftsmanship.”

Best leather single watch winders

Heiden Battery-Powered Single Watch Winder

“I have been looking for a quiet watch winder at a reasonable price. This has more than fit the bill. The adjustable rotations per day and the ability to set clockwise, anti-clockwise, or both is simply fantastic. Additionally, I have extremely sensitive hearing and when it rotates the watch there is absolutely no noise at all. Impressive! And it looks good, too! You simply cannot go wrong.”

Versa Elite Single Watch Winder

“This watch winder is both functional and very aesthetically pleasing. So far, everything is working great and I have not encountered any issues (I don’t expect to either). This is the first watch winder I have owned, so I didn’t really understand how the various settings work, but the instruction manual that comes with the unit was really helpful in guiding me as to how I should utilize the device for my particular watch. The case looks very classy and has a very nice leather feel to it. I am very pleased with the product.”

Best faux-leather single watch winder

Wolf Heritage Single Watch Winder With Cover

“If you’re looking for a watch winder, you probably care about making sure your precious watch stays in the top condition that it deserves. I looked through pretty much all watch-winder manufacturers online, and this winder is the only winder that is reasonably priced and has an elegant finish that goes along with my Rolex. If you go read about the company itself, you will also find out that this is a company that has been making nothing but cases for a very long time. I also noticed that several Tourneau stores carry this winder, which serves as another sign of approval.”

Best round single watch winder

Versa Automatic Single Watch Winder

“I felt a little silly buying this item, since it’s not asking that much to gently shake my watch on days when I’m not using it. Thing is, I frequently forget to do so, and I end up hurriedly adjusting the time and date when I’m in a rush to go out. Well … problem solved! This neat little gadget keeps my Tissot wound at all times. It’s stylishly designed, runs noiselessly, and can be set with the light on or off. I recommend it for the lazy and forgetful — like me!”

Best digital-touchscreen watch winder

Chiyoda Automatic Double Watch Winder Programmed LCD Touchscreen

“This is a really nice product. I’ve had it for about a month now. The fit and finish are very well done and surprisingly so for this price point. It was delivered in perfect condition and was easy to set up with directions that were clear, concise, and comprehensive. It would be nice if it had a battery backup, since if your power goes out, it doesn’t turn back on, so you have to turn it back on, and reset all the parameters to what you had before you lost power. Other than that, it’s a very nice and virtually silent winder. The lacquer finish is beautiful, the interior is plush, and the ‘pillows’ easily and securely accommodate my watchbands — and I have very large wrists. I would buy another and recommend it to a friend.”

Best wooden double watch winders

JQueen Double Watch Winder with Quiet Japanese Mabuchi Motor

“I purchased this as a gift for my husband. He loves it. It has a wonderful expensive look to it and the cherry wood grain goes nicely with our furniture. He has it on his dresser and puts his watches in it. It turns on automatically and revolves around. It is very quiet and although I have great hearing it doesn’t disturb me at all. We have had it for a month and so far it works great. I recommend it.”

Watch Buddy 2+4 Burlwood Double Watch Winder Box

“I love this winder. I have owned several other winders that were loud and annoying. This unit is quiet as a mouse and can be run on A/C or D/C. Two of my automatics are heavy deep-diving watches. This unit handles them well. I do need to use the cushions from the original watch boxes along with the ones provided with the winder due to the size of my wrist. That does the trick to keep the watches from flopping about and the winder keeps them in good time. I definitely would recommend this item. It is also a very attractive box. Definitely looks much more expensive than its actual cost. Great item.”

Best black double watch winder

JQueen Automatic Double Watch Winder

“This is more than a winder — it’s a fine watch case. Not all of my watches require winding and the three spots in the front of the box are large enough for my Garmin Fenix smartwatch, dive watch, and chronograph while the winder easily accommodates my 44-mm automatic watches. The finish on the box is lovely, the winding movement is smooth and quiet, while the chrome accents look really sharp against the black materials. If you don’t require the three extra spots, you may want to consider a smaller unit. Overall this is a beautiful piece the looks great on my nightstand and showcases my watches perfectly.”

Best stacked double watch winder

Diplomat Matte Black Finish Watch Winder

“Don’t let the plastic casing fool you. I think this is a well-made winder. It isn’t just quiet — it’s ninja quiet! I have it on my dresser and I could easily have it on the nightstand next to the bed, like other reviewers. I had to put my ear actually on the winder to hear the motor when the watches were turning. I like the vertical arrangement. It’s on the back corner of the dresser and it doesn’t take up much room at all. It has four modes as well as a separate switch to determine winding direction. These settings are for both watch holders. In other words, you can’t set two different modes for each watch. Regardless of the settings you need for your watch, I think this winder will do the job. The four modes of the Diplomat are varied enough to take care of nearly every automatic watch model out there.”

Best quad watch winders

Versa Quad Watch Winder

“This quad watch winder is a breath of fresh air in a world of premium priced watch winders. If you collect automatic watches like me, you might not want to spend more than $200 on a watch winder that could otherwise go into buying the next watch. The Versa is the lowest-priced winder that I could find on Amazon that had individual motors and winder controls for each watch. This is important because not all watches require the same number of turns per day (TPD), nor in the same direction (clockwise, counterclockwise, or both). This winder gives you four options for turn duration and three options for direction per watch. This winder looks fantastic. Yes, it is made of plastic, but it has a matte finish that gives it an elegant appearance. Let’s talk about footprint: Unlike winders that have four winders in a row, this one stacked them on top of each other. The advantage is that I can fit two of these winders in the same space as the Heiden Quad winder that I returned. So, now I have eight watches in the same space that I used to have just four. Guess what, that leaves room for more expansion, right?”

JQueen Watch Winder with Quiet Motors

“This four-watch automatic winder works perfectly! Very versatile with several settings that allow for clockwise/counterclockwise and alternating winding with a five-minute pause in between to accommodate various watch brand requirements. Motors are very quiet. Fit and finish is really nice and this winder looks great for displaying watches as well. Shipping was fast and item was packed extremely well. Very satisfied and would highly recommend.”

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The Best Watch Winders on Amazon, According to Reviewers