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Versa Automatic Double Watch Winder in Black
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79 of 85 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2011
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Unless you're looking for a certain style or prefer a wood finish, I see no reason to spend more money on a double unit. It runs silently and smoothly. I have medium sized watches and they fit perfectly. There's an adapter provided if you have a very large watch but I can't comment on how that would work. It took me less than 5 minutes to unpack it, load my watches and turn it on. Has 3 options for rotation directions and 4 options for timing of the start/stop cycles. No issues!
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69 of 74 people found the following review helpful
on May 15, 2013
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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.
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38 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
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This is my first watch winder and I cannot live without it. It is very easy to install and just as easy to mount my watch. There is a spring mechanism in the watch mount to fit different sizes of watches. The watch winder has four settings. If I am remembering correctly, the first setting turns the watch for 30 seconds every 12 minutes. The last setting turns the watch for 30 minutes every 3 hours. The different settings basically change up the duration and intervals. The additional two switches are the power switch and the clockwise/counterclockwise switch. The versatility of the winder is more than enough for me. It also runs very quietly and I never hear it even though it is in my bedroom. The only complaint that I do have is that both watch mounts are connected to one motor so both the top and bottom run and you cannot have only one running at once. Granted, this is only an issue if you have one watch.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on October 6, 2013
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What I like about this winder is that it comes with the option of rotating the watch in either 1 direction or both directions. It comes with an adapter to accommodate larger watches. It has a clicking noise that I can't get rid of it, I tried putting the heavy watch on the bottom or at the top, however the clicking is still there. I wish the winder could come with the feature of automatically turning off when the door is opened. I also keep it out of view from visitors because it looks tacky in my opinion, however if I wanted a presentable winder I would have bought one.

I highly suggest this winder if you want the job done without breaking the bank.

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I noticed that my winder stopped working, I started to investigate it by opening it up. I took my multimeter and see if there was power coming out of the board. There was, 4 volts (as rated by the adapter). I started to unplug and plug in the different wires attached to the board, nothing seemed to work. I started to take apart the gearbox and it's just a bunch of plastic cogs with grease. There is a Y splitter wire that leaves the circuit board, I tested the voltage and both read 4 volts. I took off the rubber belt on the winder and both motors were spinning. So what was wrong? Thankfully I found out what was wrong, it was the belt. The rubber belt had a rip in it and it gave too much resistance for the motor to turn the gears. If one of the motors has stopped due to too much resistance, both winders will not turn.

The solution? I'm on the hunt for a lightweight rubber belt. The belt is very similar to the LEGO technic sets. I used floss and so far it's working. I am going to use a rubber band but it's hard to find the exact size of the belt. I went to Home Depot and the nearest O-ring size they have is off by a small amount and as I said before if it's too much resistance for the motor, both winders will not work.

I took a picture of the ripped belt and it should be in the picture library. In the mean time, I have one winder working because I unplugged the other motor.

Some observations I made about the construction quality. The motor and the gearbox are fine, it looks rugged enough for the application. The circuit board is very loose and seems flimsy. However if it's just the rubber belts that I need to replace time to time, then I'm perfectly fine with it.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2013
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This winder is great value for the money. Very reliable and quiet, and works like a clock.

However, you will need to do a couple of very minor things to make it perfect. Its no big deal, and only takes a minute...

- The plastic pillows (the things the watches are attached to), will move slightly when the winder is working, causing some slight noises as it spins the watch. Its easy to fix however, by just adding some small pieces of tape (electrical, masking, painters tape, etc.) to the side of the pillow prongs that attach it to the winder. Attach to the middle of the prongs, not the tip.

This will thicken the attachment points a bit, which will help make it fit snugger and no movement.

- After a few months, one of my plastic pillows broke in half. Luckily, having a watch attached to it keeps it together. Unfortunately, Amazon doesn't sell replacement pillows, and I don't want to send the whole thing back, so I have to order a replacement from the Versa online store, which is $5 for the pillow, and another $5 for shipping!

Even if these minor faults, I love it. It's has 4 settings on the number of rotations, and clockwise, counter clockwise, and both clockwise/counter options as well. The motor is silent, and it keeps my watches wound well.

I like this winder so much, I plan on buying another one as my automatic watch collection continues to grow.
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34 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2012
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I just filled out the form to return this winder. In my case it seems sturdy enough, and has enough settings to get it to properly wind my watch and keep the time. When it first arrived a little over a week ago the winder operation was dead quiet. I was very happy that it could sit on my nightstand and not keep me up at night.

320 turns per day wasn't enough and my watch was losing time, so I bumped it up to 1080 turns per day. However, after several days of running for 30 minutes, then off for 3 hours and repeat, the winder gears started making noise as the gears engage during rotation. This winder sits next to my bed and the gears turning is making it hard to fall asleep. Since this is a two watch winder, it seems to me that they should have built it strong enough so that it could be on all the time, since nobody will wear both of their watches at the same time.

I could move the winder to another room and keep using it, but if the plastic gears inside are already getting noisy in under 10 days then I don't want to experiment and see how long it will last. If it would even run for a year and then die to be replaced it might be worth it, if it was silent. I might have gotten a lemon, but the return form didn't make replacing it an option.

EDIT - I bought the $69 Accuratic single but expandable winder to replace this one, and lo and behold that one also started making noise after the initial 7 days of silent operation. Am I expecting too much from a winder? In retrospect, I should have kept this cheaper double winder and just moved it to another room where the mild gear noise wouldn't bother me when trying to sleep.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on April 14, 2014
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this watch winder just stopped working. We tried another cord and another power plug and nothing. Completely stopped functioning. Very disappointing. Only had it close to 9 months. Never dropped it, or misused product. I do not recommend.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 4, 2013
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For very little money it is now possible to own a winder that actually does what it is supposed to do.
This little gem is keeping two of my fine Swiss Made timepieces in tip-top shape.
I'm actually considering buying one or two more of these to house some of the fine Japanese automatics in my collection.
Nice and quiet little machine, highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on March 2, 2015
It's garbage. It works pretty well. It is quiet. And it keeps my watches wound. BUT, after two months BOTH watch holders broke. They are made from the cheapest possible plastic available, and the little ears that hold the two spring-loaded pieces together broke and cannot be repaired. What good is an otherwise workable watch-winder if you can't keep your watches inside of it??!! WORTHLESS. Don't buy it.
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21 of 29 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2011
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Just received my Versa watch winder. Easy to set up and use. Very quit operating and has adapters for oversize watches. Do not know how it will hold up on the long run but at first glance it is a winner.
Now have this watch winder for over a year and it works as well as the day I received it.
Guess this watch winder is not as good as expected. Died this morning had to order a new one. Very disappointed should of lasted longer than it did. Will not purchase this brand again. 8/20/13
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