Accuratic Expandable Watch Winder - Great Design
I recently purchased two of these winders along with the brackets to connect them. Winders arrived quickly, and were nicely packaged for shipment. Winder boxes were exceptional with perfect fitting foam packing to cushion them. Included was a 4.5 VDC, 1000mA AC adapter, a small tube containing WD40 oil and a hex wrench which fits all exposed screws. (The connectors are a bit pricey for plastic, but not a deal-breaker as many can be re-used when expanding your winder system. Of course you end up with a few corners you removed from the winders that you'll probably have no use for.)
Assembly of the two winders was a breeze. Connector easily slid into both winders and locks down with a screw in each winder. The LCD control is back-lit for easy viewing, and the Turns/Day and Winding Direction easily set.
I checked the two winders on my setting which is 1200 TPD, bi-directional. For the details I'll call the winders "A" and "B". Here's what I found.
If you start the winders at 9:00 they will start a winding cycle at the top of every hour; that is, at 10:00, 11:00, etc. they'll start a winding cycle again. For the 1200 TPD setting they both wound for six minutes and twenty-five seconds. The first full 6:25 was in the clockwise direction only. The next winding cycle went counter-clockwise for 6:25 as well. So in the bi-directional setting, you have 12 winding cycles going CW, 12 cycles going CCW in a 24-hour period. Both winders operated VERY quietly and smoothly, and both turned slightly slower in the CCW direction.
*** Winder "A" ***
CW Cycle had 50.6 turns in 6:25 for a rotational rate of about 7.9 Turns/Minute, 607 CW Turns/Day.
CCW Cycle had 50.4 turns in 6:25 for a rotational rate of about 7.9 Turns/Minute, 605 CCW Turns/Day.
*** Winder "B" ***
CW Cycle had 49.5 turns in 6:25 for a rotational rate of about 7.7 Turns/Minute, 594 CW Turns/Day.
CCW Cycle had 48.9 turns in 6:25 for a rotational rate of about 7.6 Turns/Minute, 587 CCW Turns/Day.
Note: Winder "B" held a larger watch which may account for the slightly slower rotational speed.
WHAT I LIKE - The flexible expansion capability is impressive. The winders have a relatively small footprint so they can go in places where other winders can't. Adding one winder at a time you can just keep making it larger or separate them as needed. And, if one winder breaks, you just replace it. (These are replacing a dual-winder which has one bad turntable.)
The LCD control panel is simple yet has all the settings I need. And, the back-lighted readout is a plus.
The clear plastic door firmly latches to help minimize dust, and the watch holders held my watches securely and it is padded somewhat.
WHAT I'D IMPROVE - The back-lighted display goes out after about 10 seconds if no buttons are pushed. You need to push a button for the control panel to become active. It would be nice to have the LCD display lighted when a winding cycle is actively running. It's not a major issue, just would be a nice touch.
Would I recommend these winders? A definite YES!!! I plan on adding a few more over the next few weeks and possibly a backup unit as well. Can't speak on the reliability yet, but they appear to be solid, very well made and extremely quiet when running. At the price they're quite a deal.
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