Self Winding Watch Winder challenge

I'm looking for a cheap version of the self winding watch winders like they have at http://www.ewatchbox.com/stsiwawi.html. I haven't found anything under $70! I searched this site and couldn't find anything either.
So here's a challenge for you gadget gurus out there that think this might be something fun to make!
I look forward to seeing what will pop up here!
JM

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SteveG1554 months ago

Going to try making one from an Acrylic watch display (£0.99 off Ebay) and a solar powered display turntable (£2.25 off Ebay). Both items from China, and I've only just ordered them, so once I get them I'll update with an Instructables posting, but it could be 3 weeks away at least before I update. I've attached pictures so you can see what I've purchased.

Basically the plan is to solvent weld the acrylic display to the acrylic turntable disc, then, by some method (piece of wood or otherwise) prop the turntable up on an angle, so the watch face is vertical.

I may open the turntable and convert it to battery operation - for a bit of further tinkering. Anyway, budget so far would be less than £3.50 ($4.50).

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RogerC10111 months ago

I made this watch winder out of pieces I had around the garage , I did go to the dump and took a motor out of microwave oven that was in the recycle container. Here is the link to the youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0K-hqGUVfL0

A little pendulum assembly on a hook on the back of the most used door in the house, the watch goes on the pendulum...

Or hang the watch on a grandfather clock's pendulum to make some inception style clock shenanigans...
dennisl374 years ago
a general comment to all who would like to give their kinetic watch an unbelievably good winding .
when the dreaded 2 second tick happens and you have been told to shake it 20,000 times?
DO WHAT I DID———next time it rains and you use your vehicle to go on 1 hour run to work etc, strap or tape your kinetic watch to a wiper blade arm and let it swing in a perfect arc for acouple of hours, job done.
also for watch enthusiasts who cant bear to leave their watch off their wrists while they compare another model, just place your kinetic on the stick shift for your journey ,—again job done cheers dennis
dennisl374 years ago
a general comment to all who would like to give their kinetic watch an unbelievably good winding .
when the dreaded 2 second tick happens and you have been told to shake it 20,000 times?
DO WHAT I DID———next time it rains and you use your vehicle to go on 1 hour run to work etc, strap or tape your kinetic watch to a wiper blade arm and let it swing in a perfect arc for acouple of hours, job done.
also for watch enthusiasts who cant bear to leave their watch off their wrists while they compare another model, just place your kinetic on the stick shift for your journey ,—again job done cheers dennis
maybe I have irregular wrist-swinging genes but my seiko kinetic stops after 2 days of no use. HEYO: http://lmh-tech.blogspot.com/search/label/ardWINDo
ertz17 years ago
 I made this yesterday.
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hedgeborn9 years ago
The point of the Seiko Kinetic watches is to offer a higher level of accuracy and longer "shelf-life" than traditional automatic mechanical watches. Every Seiko Kinetic I've seen has the ability to keep at least 72 hours of energy in reserve, so not wearing it on weekends is not going to be an issue. You simply do not need a watch winder for a Seiko Kinetic. Even a lower-cost, traditional fully mechanical automatic watch like my Seiko Automatic can go for 35-40 hours without being wound. Watch winders are for people with a (usually expensive) collection of mechanical automatic watches that want them all to be ready to wear at a moments notice. A watch winder is neither necessary nor appropriate for a Kinetic. Ask any watchmaker or expert on the subject.
Au contrare - I have an expensive kinetic I only wear about once every 3 months or so - and the first time I reteived it from the safe it was dead and the calendar was 10 days behind. I reset time and date and wore it all weekend to charge it. Next time same thing. I NEED a winer that I canput in the safe and keep the watch ready should I want to wear it. I do not wear an 899 dollar watch everyday because of what I do - soldering, grinding, etc. SO a watch winder is appropriate in my case - contrary to what you stated.
I personally would hang mine on the clothes hanger hook in my car...that winded it well. But to make one, you could use a platform with a motor attached to the bottom. Just add an offset weight to the motor, and as it runs, the platform should wobble, winding the clock.
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