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Gets the job done -- but not right out of the box
on May 15, 2013
Just bought my first mechanical watch, a TAG Heuer with an automatic movement, and was told a winder was the best way to keep it accurate. But my jaw dropped when I learned that the name-brand winders such as Orbita cost hundreds or thousands (!) of dollars. Amazon to the rescue! This simple, sturdy plastic unit looks just like a desktop speaker, and it works -- with two huge caveats.
1. The inserts do not fit well into their slots; on my unit, one rattled noticeably, and the other was so loose that it wouldn't even click into place. The problem appears to be caused by poor tolerances at the spring clips. The solution? Black electrical tape, and lots of it, to thicken the inserts. The tape isn't even visible, since it's exactly the same color as the plastic. Now both inserts fit snugly and click into place, and they don't make a *thunk* sound each time the watch rotates 180 degrees.
2. The winder is noisy, emitting a constant grinding sound when on. I can live with it because I tucked the unit in a corner of my office, but if it were in my bedroom I'd have returned it immediately. The grinding makes me worry about the motor's longevity, but I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.