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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

Honestly? A couple hundred for like a 6 watch winder. I just can't see how it should cost much more than that, although I'm willing to be enlightened. It's not that I'm not willing to pay a thousand bucks for something that's worth the money, I just feel like I'd be ripped off for such a relatively simple mechanical object

Well, if you have a $60K Patek or even a $20K AP, do you want to risk using a $49.99 special?

I would rather know it is a reliable manufacturer of winder.

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Winders does seem simple but there are some complicated mechanical work in there. I figure the cheap ones you get at Brookstone that can cost $200-$300 for a dual winder that breaks down within weeks means it isn't as simple to make these machines. And I think almost all Brookstone winder reviews and experience I've read had it failing within months. I don't think any of them survive a year without any problems. Other cheap ones like Diplomat also gets a bad rep of being unreliable. it's just not one of those things that a cheap chinese brand can imitate and make work well. For the most part, you might be better off placing your watch in your drawer or valet than putting in a cheap winder that can mess up your expensive watch.

As Dino said, some winder doesn't hold the watches well. Wolf Winders didn't integrate their locking cuff until a few years ago and heavier watches simply fell off. So there are also little things to consider along with the motor noise, rotation direction and tpd options. Those Wolfs at $250 only turns 650tpd and an option to rotate cw, ccw or bd. I think Orbita is the only one that really has that one unique rotation where it rotates a few turns then lets it go and allows inertia do it's thing and just let the watch swing back and forth imitating a wrist movement than just it going around and around.

Of course to some extent you are just paying for the case decoration and craftsmanship, I've seen plenty of winder that has discernible gaps or peeling liners. If you like displaying your watches, a winder can make a nice presentation case too. There's this German brand Modalo and this 8-watch winder is $750 but it looks pretty good if you don't mind showing off your collection.



Best one to start off without going overly cheap is probably those $250 single watch winder from Orbita.



Stance on winders here doesn't seem hostile like in other watch forums so maybe others can chime in?
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Originally Posted by HRoi View Post

I want a winder but I refuse to pay the prices that companies ask for them. If you guys know of a quality winder that isn't the price of a decent watch by itself, I'd love to know. Don't need any of that burled walnut, gold plated crap either

I bought a couple of Accuratic winders this summer and they've served me well so far.

Reviews:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f423/accuratic-watch-winder-801643.html
http://www.watchfreeks.com/99-reviews/39954-winder-review-accuratic-expandable-automatic-watch-winder.html

I wanted to spend the least I could for a basic modular winder that would get the job done. Less money spent on winders = moar money to spend on watches.

Since we're discussing accessories, I also have these:

Casebudi cases (both sizes)
Reg
Small
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f423/review-casebudi-watch-vault-comparison-oakley-836651.html
http://forum.tz-uk.com/showthread.php?264800-CASEBUDi-watch-case-(like-Oakley-watch-vault).html

Pelican 1170 cases for storage (configured for 6 watches). Some Pelican threads on WUS:
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f2/pelican-1170-8-watch-case-photos-388221.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f17/pelican-case-configurations-store-g-shocks-869064.html
http://forums.watchuseek.com/f423/thrilled-new-pelican-case-201907.html
Edited by Wes Bourne - 10/3/14 at 4:43pm
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Tech Swiss looks okay to me. Anything good/bad to say about them?
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I have that cassebud case but the one made by Oakley.


I also have that Pelican 1170 on backorder too since I was feeling bored one day and I figure it'll be cool to try it out.
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There's this German brand Modalo and this 8-watch winder is $750 but it looks pretty good if you don't mind showing off your collection.
This one might be the best priced I've seen so far, if the quality is equivalent to something like Wolf. Maybe my difference of opinion stems from the fact that I do not like to show off watches
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Originally Posted by Wes Bourne View Post

Less money spent on winders = moar money to spend on watches.
Bingo!!!
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Have a nice weekend guys...

 

 

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What brand is that watch?

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Originally Posted by Kleinfeld View Post
 

What brand is that watch?


It is Porsche Design by Orfina circa 1970/80s, you still can get them from Chrono24 but prices are creeping up.

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Another version of PD watch, this one is by Eterna.

 

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Nice Porsche Design -- I was wearing mine today:

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@DJH yours looks mint! Yours movement is Lemania 5100 (longer lugs), mine is Valjoux. More pics please.

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Originally Posted by RFX45 View Post

There's this German brand Modalo and this 8-watch winder is $750 but it looks pretty good if you don't mind showing off your collection.



Stance on winders here doesn't seem hostile like in other watch forums so maybe others can chime in?

Interesting, I didn't realize people got hostile about watch winders/brands etc.  To me they are a non-issue.  If you like it buy it, if not then don't.  I don't see a need for one for myself, as I don't own a perpetual calendar and I' don't mind winding a watch myself.

 

As for the big fancy display winders...I'm not the kind of person to put all my watches on display.  I think it makes the owner look like a show off.  Beyond that, I'm always concerned about safety/security.  I'd be concerned that in the event of a break in, you just made it super easy for the thief to take off with all of your watches.  I know that is what insurance is for, but on some pieces where I'm the original owner and a piece isn't made anymore, I don't necessarily want to have to hunt for something close in condition to what I had, plus all boxes and papers etc. I know for most of us, it may never be an issue that we will have to deal with.  However, I know that one of our buddies here, lost a bunch of Panerais and Rolex watches in a break in a few years ago.  

 

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It is Porsche Design by Orfina circa 1970/80s, you still can get them from Chrono24 but prices are creeping up.

Very cool.  I like the old Porsche Design products when they were made by Orfina and IWC.  I haven't really had much interest in PD watches since they bought Eterna, and turned production over to them.  Eterna also had lots of distribution and parts problems years ago.  Not sure if its any better or worse since PD bought them.  

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I have a cheap Brookstone winder that I keep a 6309 and my Orient Star running on. Everything else I wind my self - in fact Seiko says you shouldn't use winders with their Spring Drive watches and that they'll void the warranty. 

 

Sad to hear about Eterna, as they're a classic brand with some technical history behind them. 

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