Time Machine Watch Winder

What is an automatic watch?

An automatic watch, commonly referred to as a self-winding watch, is a mechanical timepiece that, when worn frequently, uses the wearer's natural motion to wind the mainspring, preventing the timepiece to stop, meaning it must receive daily wear and use. 

An automatic watch (also known as a self-wind watch) has a weighted rotor mounted to the back of the watch's movement. The rotor is usually shaped in a semi-circle and is connected to the mainspring via a series of gears. With the motion of your wrist, the rotor spins on an axle and in doing so, winds the mainspring which in turn powers your watch.

Difference between manual and automatic watches

A hand-wound watch, also known as a manual-wind watch, is essentially a timepiece with an inner mechanism that has to be wound by the wearer regularly. To wind the innerspring and power the watch, the crown is typically wound in a single direction. A complex set of gears progressively transfers the energy from the crown to the main spring that is wound within a barrel, setting a miniature dance into motion as the crown is twisted. The spring is entirely wrapped when the crown stops turning. A further set of gears and wheels, including a primary balance wheel that serves to control the release of energy for accurate timekeeping, then slowly begins to unwind, providing power to the watch. If the wearer forgets to wind the watch The watch stops functioning until it is set and wound again.

The movement of an automatic watch, also known as a self-winding watch, is constructed differently from that of a hand-wound watch. It is made up of a "rotor" or "oscillator" that is driven by the wearer's wrist motion. The rotor mechanically spins with each wrist movement, swinging and winding the mainspring inside its barrel. If the watch is not being worn, the power lasts for a certain period (referred to as the power reserve), but as long as the watch is being worn, it will continuously wind itself. Visit us whenever you like to see our fantastic selection of mechanical timepieces.

What is a power reserve?

The time it takes for a fully wound watch to unwind when not being worn is known as the power reserve. The great majority of contemporary automatic timepieces have a power reserve of 40 to 50 hours, with 48 hours being the most typical. In other words, a complete wind of the watch will allow it to operate for that long. To see how long you may anticipate your watch's power reserve to last, please review the manufacturer's product specs.

What do I need to know about my automatic watch before buying a winder?

First, familiarize yourself with your watch movement specifications:

Rotor Winding Direction: Find out in which direction the rotor will wind the mainspring:

  • Clockwise
  • Counter-clockwise
  • Bi-directional

Turns Per Day: How many times a day must the rotor turn to keep the watch fully wound.

Why use a watch winder?

You must wind up your watch once it stops and reset the time. If your watch contains additional features (such as a calendar, lunar calendar, or perpetual calendar), it may be challenging to reset and require a considerable amount of time. To maintain movement lubrication, watch movements must run continuously. 

Advantages of using a Time Machine Watch Winder?

Watch winders help us save precious time and gives the watch owner the confidence that the timepiece is always accurate and ready to wear. We believe we have taken this to another level. With our app the experience of setting the right TPD (turns per day) and directionality is seamless. Search for your watch from our database which contains more than 30000 watch profiles/calibers with optimal TPD (turns per day) and directionality settings for your specific watch and drag it to your TM watch winder.  

Time Machine app specially designed for watches and watch winders help you to keep your timepieces in peak performance from long-term to daily use. Our app allows users to add and group winders in sets, assign watches to winders, and create custom winding profiles for each timepiece on separate winders. You can name the sets for your Living Room or Bedroom so it is easier to find relevant information. The 30.000 watch database includes all the popular brands, sought-after vintage watches, limited editions, and even the designs you've always dreamed of, but could never find. This means that Time Machine has the solution for every watch owner out there. In case you do not find your brand or model, don't worry — we will try to answer your request with our strength by creating custom profiles specifically made for your type of watch and specific needs of winding.

Can a watch winder harm my timepiece?

No, quite the opposite. The lubricating fluid inside a watch will clump together, stay put, and lose some of its viscosity as it slows down or stops. Therefore, it will be more likely that some moving parts won't be lubricated anymore when the movement resumes operation. Although due to modern advancements in lubrication, this is less and less of a problem.

On a high-quality watch winder, the watches won't wear any faster than when worn. And a watch needs an overhaul every 5-or-so years anyhow, worn or not worn.

Can a watch get overwound?

It is not possible to overwind a watch per se. Watches have a slip-clutch in place that ensures the main spring does not get overwound. Constantly overwinding your watch could cause the deterioration of the slip clutch. That is why the right TPD ( turns per day ) and the right directionality setting on a watch winder is so essential. We have made sure to prevent that from ever happening, with an application including over 30,000 profiles of specific watches with TPD and directionality settings

How to use my Time Machine Watch Winder?

Attach your watch to the clip and place your watch in the watch winder casing. Two integrated sensors detect if the watch is inserted correctly. If inserted incorrectly the winder will simply not wind. Choose your specific watch from the app and drag it to the watch winder that it is placed in. If faster winding is needed, initiate the power winding feature by double clicking the TM branded touch button on top of the winder

How is Time Machine Watch Winder modular?

We have developed three different ways to integrate your Time Machine watch winders in the desired environment and thought about modularity at every stage except the single base:

  • The Double Base offers space for two or three watch winders with our signature T - shaped modular system.

  • Mount Wall Display, is where the function of modularity comes to light. Our custom T- shaped modular system allows you to assort your Time Machine watch winders in any pattern you wish, adapting to its environment. Whether that is your living room, your bedroom, or your walk-in closet, the Mount wall display is more than an extension of interior design but extends to form an art piece in combination with your watches inside.

Are Time Machine winders quiet?

Inside you will find a sophisticated PCB board that makes sure that every winding operation runs smoothly. A very silent and reliable mechanism makes it one of the quietest winders on the market.

What's the difference between AC and DC-powered watch winders

They both employ electric motors. The source of the motor's power plays a vital role. AC units plug into a wall socket. Similar to an electric wall clock, they run extremely quietly. A DC-powered watch winder is transportable and simple to relocate from one location to another. Typically, batteries last 6 to 12 months. 

What is the Time Matchine Watch Winder made of?

The casing of the Time Machine watch winder is milled with high precision from a single solid block of aluminum and then ionized in a satin black finish, making it as sturdy as possible, giving the perfect foundation for all the assembly parts. Inside you will find a sophisticated PCB board which makes sure that every winding operation runs smoothly. A very silent and reliable mechanism makes it one of the quietest winders on the market.The aluminum casing sits on a beautifully carved Bianco Carrara Marble base. Highly valued since ancient times for its extraordinary whiteness, with slight bluish and grayish hues, very soft, and with a very fine grain.

How often should I charge my Time Machine Watch Winder?

Time Machine watch winders battery lasts for about 12 months of normal usage after that you have to charge it via USB-C charging cable that is included in the winder box.

How long is my warranty on a Time Machine Watch Winder?

Warranty for all TM watch winders lasts for 1 year.

What payments do we accept?

We accept Visa, Mastercard, Maestro, American Express, and Apple Pay.

You don’t need a Watch Winder if you have the following types of watches:

  • Quartz watch. This quartz movement works with a battery.
  • Manual mechanical watch. This movement has to be wound manually every day.
  • Kinetic watches. This movement needs a “Kinetic” charger.

What is the maximum weight of a timepiece that you can wind on a Time Machine Watch Winder?

The maximum mass that our watch winder can carry is 431,9 g.