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Big Watches: Beware! Beautifully constructed, but flawed design & motors lack torque
on March 30, 2013
This is my 2nd winder of this brand, and model, so I write from an experienced perspective. I have no affiliation or beneficial arrangement with the manufacturer or reseller of the item either, so hopefully this will come off as unbiased and neutral as an assessment of the winder's abilities, plusses and minuses better as time has gone on and my tally of negatives becomes more entrenched.
The positives: competitive price vs other brands of 4-watch rotary winders; I have tried desperately to love this winder as I do the 1st that I bought early in summer of 2012, but it is looking more grim as time marches on the winders'; spiffy looks, lacquered finish and striking finish and fit are 1st Class; storage is utilized efficiently with space for 12 additional watches in the bottom, front of the case, so in short version this comes off as a great addition to anyone's multiple automatic watch collection.
Negatives: partitioning of the space between watches on the rotary tumblers (2) is very limited and one cannot place a large watch with a "regular sized" watch (42 mm's or less diameter watch face size), much less two large watches on a tumbler and have good performance and zero damage to the watch's sides and crystal area from literal contact between the two watches; motor torque appears inadequate for turning power with any large watch or combo including a large watch; the soft, beige faux leather surface of the interior does get stained with any type of lubricant or residue deposits from watch bands or cases; finally a big deduction (one star+) is given the score here with a lack of variable/variations in the type of motion one may choose for each winder---there are only right or left turning directions, no different combinations of timing, revolutions per day etc available.
Compared to a single or double watch winder this one is a big step up, but even my lowly Diplomat single watch winder has multiple-choices for speed, RPM, and direction of motion for the watches. The 4-watch winder with 12 additional storage spaces for non-automatic watches is a great score in terms of 4-watch winders specifically, but the conclusions I have come to are weighted negatively, given the more than $125+ price tag and competitor's winders features, I have to rate this winder with a 3-Star overall score, unfortunately.
Wavey Davey - March 30, 2013