Watch Winders for Heavy and Large Watches

The Rise of Wristwatches

Wristwatches were not always associated with the traits we think of now — power, importance, intelligence — but were instead thought of as silly and faddish. As watch aficionados may know, we have 20th century U.S. soldiers to thank for popularizing wristwatches and associating them with purpose, confidence, and masculinity.

The History of Oversized Watches

In the early 1900’s, pocket watches were the most popular style of personal time-telling. Some people in Europe — predominantly women — had started wearing their timepieces on their wrists, but in the U.S., this was a silly trend, something at which to poke fun. Around this same time, the U.S. was making strides in advancing warfare; technological achievements allowed troops of soldiers to more precisely coordinate strategies and attacks, making time an important factor in battle. Storing watches in their pockets just to fish them out during a time of need was not realistic for soldiers in the trenches of war; thus, they began wearing their watches on their wrists, taking after the trendsetters across the pond. The adoption of this style by soldiers lent a sense of power and toughness to the wristwatch, thereby increasing its popularity in the U.S.

Today’s Take on Wristwatches: Large and In Charge

Today, the power and masculinity of wristwatches has been taken to the extreme. The trend is big and bold, heavy and powerful, with large faces and substantial wristbands. Large watches are by no means reserved only for the most masculine of men, as women too prefer their watches bigger and heftier than before, less dainty and more sturdy.

Watch Winders for Large Watches

Whereas normal sized wristwatches average 43mm in diameter, with a 12mm thickness, the popular large watches of today may reach 61.7mm in diameter with a thickness of 17.3mm. Keeping these impressive timepieces wound and ready to wear requires a watch winder that can handle the size and heft of the piece. Never one to compromise practicality for style, Kunstwinder produces watch winders that not only accommodate these heavy time-pieces, but also compliment and enhance the unique artistry and powerful statement of large watches.

How to best keep automatic watches?

Mechanical watches are amazing pieces of machinery that will last decades if they are properly maintained. Today, we’re giving you some tips on how best to store your precious watches.

Service them regularly

Most brands offer technical services wherein you can send your watch via insured mail for inspection and appropriate repairs. Just as doctors use stethoscopes to listen to a patient’s pulse and breathing to determine whether something is wrong, watch experts place the watch in a digital piezo-electric device that listens to the inner functioning of the watch. This tool can determine if the watch is running too fast or too slow, for example — in which case, they will adjust the spring tension — or if a piece is broken and needs replacement.

During these service check-ups, experts can also clean the outside and inside of the watch and polish the face and wristband to remove any scratches. These services can be expensive, but they will ensure that your watch is in best working conditions. Check your owner’s manual for recommendations on how frequently to service your watch; most brands recommend maintenance once every 3-7 years.

Keep it clean

Water, sweat, and dust are your watch’s enemies; avoid them when possible. If your watch does get exposed to any of the above during normal wear, make sure to clean the face and wristband with a dry cotton rag.

Avoid extreme activities

While automatic watches are extremely resilient due to their construction in materials such as steel and sapphire crystal, they are not immune to vibrations and blows. If you enjoy sports like soccer or tennis, or if you like to go scuba diving, swimming or skiing, it would be wise to leave your watch in a safe place before embarking on these activities to avoid any potential damage.

Get a watch winder

If you have more than one automatic watch, you may consider acquiring a watch winder that compliments and elevates your collection. A watch winder not only provides a dust-free place to store your collection, it also winds watches regularly so that each one is ready to wear at any time. Watch winders are a simple and beautiful way to maintain the precision and accuracy of your pieces’ complicated mechanical workings.

Now that you know how to care for your mechanical watches, we invite you to take a look at our collections and choose one or more to treasure.

How to use a watch winder?

Whether you have just acquired a watch winder, or have been using one for a long time, it’s worth reading a few tips regarding how to best take care of it and how to use a watch winder.

The first question is how to place the watches in the watch winder, for that, please take a look at our short video with detailed instructions.

You should also consult with your watch manufacturer about the sense of rotation for your watch, and the recommended turns per day. Kunstwinder watch winders come with 24 combinations of speeds and rotation directions that should adapt to any watch needs.

Kunstwinder watch winders are universally compatible with any electricity outlet, 90-260 VAC. We include a European adaptor. If you want to read more about Kunstwinder watch winder specifications, take a look at our specifications pdf.

About the place for a watch winder, we believe that an office desk, living room or bedroom are great places for our watch winders. Whichever place you choose, just make sure it’s indoors and without direct sunlight. To maintain an optimal appearance, carefully clean the dust that may accumulate with a cotton rug, don’t use water or solvents to clean the watch winder or your watches either.

Kunstwinder watch winders are built in robust materials that will last for the years to come, and we only use brushless electric motors. Among other benefits like reduced sound and vibrations, brushless motors don’t wear out, the only rubbing part is the bearings which are engineered to minimize friction and built long lasting materials.

If you plan on not using your watch winder for a long time, it’s preferable to put it back in it’s case and store in a cold and dry place. The same applies not just to your watch winder, but also to your watch. Humidity corrodes metals, and temperature accelerates about any chemical reaction.

Other than that, make sure that you enjoy your watch winder!