Today is W for Watchwinder
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What on earth is a watch winder?
A watch winder is a device which holds a watch (or often more than one) and moves it in a circular patterns to emulate the necessary parts of human motion to operate the self-winding mechanism.
I myself was quite unaware that there was something like a watch winder till I acquired one last year.
It all started when I spotted my grandson shaking both his hands one day. I asked him what on earth he was doing and he replied ” Tick-tock, Abu do.”
For a moment I was perplexed when I realised that he was indeed copying his grandfather who wore both his automatic watches over the weekend and wound them by shaking his wrists.
There had to be a better way to wind watches, I thought, and sure enough discovered that you could get a mechanical watch winder to do the job for you.
The hunt for the watch winder
Thereafter we began looking for watch winders, looking around on the internet, asking around at stores selling watches and even horlogers. Finally, after six months we found the perfect one made by a Singapore based manufacturer – Orient Crown.
Needless to say, the two watches contently spin around and my grandson has stopped shaking his wrists with the imaginary ‘tick tocks’!