If you’re in the market for a watch winder, you could waste a considerable amount of time researching the best one for you. Ultimately, however, you’re pretty much limited to two options: cheap (and noticeably), and expensive. The lower end of watch winders is generally pretty basic, with noisy mechanisms and general lack of attention to detail and underwhelming aesthetics. These cheaper ones can serve a purpose, but you’ll find yourself putting them out of sight in a draw, which seems a shame when it’s home to one of your favourite watches.
The cost of a watch winder does quickly ramp up though, and if you’re in the early days of watch ownership it’s incredibly hard to justify the cost for such an item. In this instance, your best bet is a single watch winder, and we’ve had the chance to play with one from Barrington. They’ve managed to strike a balance between cost and quality while also making something that looks great, and that you’d be happy to display on a shelf.
Measures just 11.5cm (W) x 12cm (H) x 16cm (D)
On the subject of aesthetics, we opted for the classic ‘Shadow Black’ finish, though there are (at the time of writing) 7 different colours available including red, blue, white, orange and yellow. The choice is welcome, especially if you want to match it to a watch or your interior decor. The design is relatively simple and cube like: the rear features the setting dials, battery compartment and sockets for power etc., whereas the business end where the watch is housed features a circular opening with the cushion/holder. It’s simple and clean, which is what a lot of people look for in a watch winder.
In regards to the innards, it features an ultra-quiet Japanese motor that can be powered via battery (two AAs) or by AC mains, so there is a portable option which is nice to have. You can have it rotate clockwise, counterclockwise or alternate between both, and there are several ‘Turns Per Day’ that you can choose, from 650 to 1,950. The motor is incredibly quiet, and unlikely to disturb you if you have it on a shelf in your bedroom.
A really cool feature of the Barrington single watch winders is the ability to link them together using a supplied ‘jump’ cable. This means you can power multiple winders from one power source, which again suits the early days of watch collection really well, as it’s much more justifiable to buy a new winder as and when you need one. The alternative to this is splurging a big wad of cash on a multiple watch winder, that’s likely to sit half empty as you scale your collection.
To summarise, the Barrington Single Watch winder is an affordable, well-made and good-looking bit of kit. If you’re in the market for a watch winder but aren’t quite ready to invest in the higher end multiple winders, this single winder would suit you to a T. The ability to scale them up with the jump cables as your collection grows is a huge bonus, and they’d still look great stacked up on top of each other or arranged in a grid.
You can find the full range of Barrington single watch winders here.