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Although the modern technology behind quartz watches provides unbeatable accuracy, the pull of a well-crafted automatic watch is still strong amongst a large section of watch enthusiasts.
There are a few reasons behind this: from the elaborate engineering that requires a lot of dedication and skill of the watchmaker to a much longer lifespan (providing the automatic watch is taken good care of).
If you own one or more automatic timepieces, you have most likely nodded your head already.
Probably one of the few advantages battery-powered models hold over automatic is the fact that they’re always wound properly. You can leave a quartz watch unattended for months and the moment you put it back on your wrist it’s going to show you accurate time.
Automatic watches, on the other hand, need to be worn. Or, to be precise, they need kinetic movement in order to keep ticking.
If your watch collection consists of at least a few models and winding your watch manually isn’t one of your hobbies, getting a watch winder is a sound plan.
Apart from allowing the right winding settings for your watch model, a winding box shouldn’t keep you awake at night. In this guide, I will help you pick the quietest watch winder for your timepiece.
Although all products listed below come with a super inconspicuous Jabuchi motor, considered the quietest engine available, the general standard of the items differs. The list includes three models of different quality and therefore ranging price points. So that everyone can find something for themselves, below you will find one high, one medium, and one low-cost brand.
Without further ado, let’s go.
Quietest Watch Winders (Top 3 Reviewed)
As things stand, there’s no higher-rated watch winder brand than WOLF.
The company originates from the United Kingdom and has been around for nearly two centuries already. Since the 1834 foundation, it has grown to become one of the leading manufacturers of jewelry and watch storage boxes in the world.
During the past few decades, they have also emerged as the go-to brand for luxury watch winders. It’s no wonder they’re the most popular choice amongst top-end watch owners like Rolex, Omega, or Breitling.
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This particular model belongs to the Roadster line. The design of the collection was inspired by popular British-originating motorcars such as Aston Martin or Jaguar. Hence, it features aged wood dashboards, chrome-spoked wheels, and super soft leather.
The Roadster model comes with a patented lock-in cuff that makes the watch safe and sound in the rotator drum. Wolf 457056 is equipped with a low-density foam that can fit all watch sizes without the danger of pressuring the bracelet.
The most striking difference between WOLF and other watch winder brands is the way it counts the rotations. Wolf watch winders count the precise number of rotations while most competitors only estimate the turns.
When it comes to Turns-Per-Day settings, this model allows for programmable 300-1200 rotations. Crucially, it supports all winding directions: clockwise, anti-clockwise and bi-directional. Such settings mean it’s the right fit for around 99% of watches on the market.
Another awesome thing about the model is its mobility. It can be powered by either an AC adapter or batteries which makes it a great choice also during travels.
Although the model listed here can fit just one automatic watch, WOLF offers winders for up to 32 timepieces. You can explore the whole collection here.
If the Wolf model is asking too much of your budget, Barrington is another solid watch winder provider coming from the UK.
Even though the company doesn’t boast anywhere near as long a history, during the last decade it has emerged as one of the most reliable watch winder manufacturers in Europe. With each year, the number of sales in the US continues to grow as well.
Barrington WW-204-S is one of the best-selling models to date, and comes with plethora of useful functions at a considerably lesser price.
Apart from the American Walnut color, it’s also available in 8 other design variations – including black and white. Compared to the WOLF winder above, it presents a rather minimalistic design.
Whereas the Wolf model fits all sizes of watches, this one comes in two versions that differ in terms of the cushion size:
- The Standard cushion size suits watches with a 19cm-24cm bracelet
- The Flex size supports smaller-sized watches with a circumference of 14cm-20cm
On the TPD front, the model is equipped with 5 pre-programmed Turns-Per-Day settings: 650, 750, 850, 1,000, and 1,950. Crucially, it allows for all rotation directions.
The watch winder is equipped with the “Jump” feature that lets you connect numerous Barrington winders via one cable. It’s quite a perk if you own many automatic timepieces.
Akin to the Wolf winder, it can be powered by both AC and batteries.
At this moment in time, Barrington offers watch winders that can fit between one and twelve timepieces. You can explore more models by clicking here.
Believe it or not, it is possible to get a capable and quiet watch winder for under $100.
Closing the list of the quietest watch winders is Versa GO-90.
Versa winders have been around since 2011, and they’ve been one of the favorite choices amongst budget watch enthusiasts. Most single models can be purchased in the region of $50 – just like the one included here.
Because of the bargain-basement price, you shouldn’t expect the same level of workmanship as any of the two winders above. It might not run as smoothly, either. Nevertheless, it also uses the highly-rated Japanese Mabuchi motor and can fit watches in most sizes and from most brands.
Thanks to the spring action pillow, the winder can safely store watches in varying wrist sizes – from as little as 14cm to 23cm. The pillows feature non-slip grips that securely hold the watch in place.
Naturally, the winder allows for all three winding directions: clockwise, anti-clockwise and bidirectional. It comes with 4 pre-programmed TPD settings: 350, 600, 850, and 1200. The 350 rotations per day are particularly good for people who wear their automatic watches on weekdays only (or at least 2-3 days a week).
What makes the winder even easier on the eye is the fact that it lets your watch rest at 12 o’clock – allowing for a brief presentation of your timepiece.
Regrettably, unlike the two previous models, it can only be powered by an AC adapter which makes it a home-only watch winder. Finding a watch winder in the $50 price region that can be powered by both AC and batteries might be difficult.
Versa produces single, double, and quad watch winders. You can explore more models here.