Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)
And while we’ve written before about watches — including smartwatches, men’s watches under $200, and GPS running watches — here, we’ve rounded up the best watch winders to keep your automatic watch running when it’s not on your wrist, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon.
Best-rated (and least expensive) watch winder
With over 1,000 five-star reviews, this watch winder works just as well as the more expensive models. One reviewer says he owns about 35 watches and over 20 winders, so he’s “quite familiar with what’s out there.” And though there are technically better watch winders available, this one does the job well at a fraction of the price: “I prefer a more affordable winder that still does the job and still looks good, since I’d rather buy another watch,” he writes. Another reviewer trusts even his “30-year-old Rolex” with this winder; he calls it “very quiet” and appreciates that you can “choose the movements of clockwise, counterclockwise, or a mix of both.” So far, his “watch has not died, and it stays on time.”
Best single watch winder
One reviewer describes balking at the price of a watch winder a jeweler had recommended: “I wasn’t going to invest more money in a winder than I did on the watch … I decided to check on Amazon and WOW! Good reviews and reasonably priced. I got it and tried it straightaway. It works like a charm!” Other purchasers note the “excellent quality for the price.” As another watch wearer writes, “So far, nothing but impressed. I have a Citizen that I rarely wear, and once I got it running, this winder keeps it going. So glad I spent the money, very well priced for what you get. I have it set to spin for three hours and rest for nine, continuous cycle, and it’s right on.” Another adds, “High-quality winder. Very nice looking and built like a tank. Four settings to wind your watch! EXCELLENT price, too!” And even though it’s less expensive than some other options out there, many seem to trust it with their luxury watches: “Beautifully made! As a matter of fact, the cushion that holds my Rolex in place is fit for a queen! Love it!”
Best dual watch winder
One reviewer explains what makes this CHIYODA dual watch winder unique: “The two spinners are independent, you can have different settings for each and even have one on and one off.” Watch owners really appreciate the convenience of being able to have two different watches turning at different speeds. “I wanted something that was inexpensive, quiet, reliable, and would support two watches with different winding requirements,” writes one reviewer who uses this winder for their Rolex and Omega. “I looked into the appropriate winding levels and found that both watches liked to be wound in either/both directions, and that the Rolex wanted 500 winds/revolutions per day while the Omega liked 850. I’m using the 650 revs setting for the Rolex and the 900 revs setting for the Omega.”
Best quiet watch winder
One quarter of all five-star reviewers call this watch “quiet,” including one collector who writes, “You can’t even tell it’s on, super-quiet and so far working flawlessly.” Another agrees that it’s “so quiet you’ll sleep right through, and it looks like a real display on my dresser.” This isn’t even the first Wolf watch winder for most five-star reviewers. One customer says he owns three and “definitely recommends” this winder because it’s “nice ’n’ quiet and keeps automatic watches wound.” He also notes that this winder has a 12-hour rest feature that “prevents you from overwinding your watch.” Many scoff at the price since there are cheaper options available, but one customer says, “If you have a really costly watch, this winder will save you money on maintenance in the long run, reducing wear on the mainspring and stem.”
Best watch winder for multiple watches
Watch collectors rejoiced after seeing this Triple Tree watch winder because it can wind ten watches at once. One customer says it’s perfect for his “growing collection,” but he does warn that it’s very large — “so make sure you have room for it.” It’s great, though, for keeping multiple watches wound at once without worrying about their “knocking together.” He also notes, “The motors are very quiet when the lid is closed. I love the fit and finish of this unit, and the pillows are firm enough to hold the watches in position but soft enough that they won’t scratch the watches or stretch out bands.” Another customer agrees that this model is particularly great for someone with lots of watches (he even suggests it as a gift for the watch collector in your life), because “it’s a chore to remember to wind each one every other day” when they’re not in use. But, he concludes, this winder “is the solution to that problem.” He notes that it’s “quite a lot bigger” than one would think, but he likes that it “can be plugged directly into an outlet and has the option to run on battery in case there is no access to an outlet.” Another reviewer had a different model from this brand and calls this one an upgrade; he doesn’t need all of his watches to be wound at once, so he thinks “it’s nice to have regular slots as well.”
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