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Self Winding Watch Winder challenge Answered

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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SteveG155 (author)2017-05-01

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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RogerC101 (author)2016-10-16

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

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killerjackalope (author)2013-03-15

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...

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dennisl37 (author)2013-03-15

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

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dennisl37 (author)2013-03-15

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

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lloydmaxwell (author)2010-08-16

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

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ertz1 (author)2010-04-01
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hedgeborn (author)2007-11-23

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.

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rurick (author)hedgeborn2009-10-04

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.

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Weissensteinburg (author)2007-11-23

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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Kiteman (author)2007-11-08

Piezo-electric BBQ starter crystals in the soles of your shoes, every step charges a battery to run your cheap digital watch?

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JibsMan (author)Kiteman2007-11-08

The watch is a Seiko Kinetic which uses motion to keep the battery charged. The link in my original post shows the $70 winder which moves the watch side to side, keeping it charged when not on my wrist. The idea is to keep the watch charged on the weekends when I don't wear it. Next...

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Goodhart (author)JibsMan2007-11-08

It charges a battery ? My "self-winder" watch actually "winds" the watch mainspring with movement. It constantly runs fast too *sigh*

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Honus (author)Goodhart2007-11-09

A lot of people confuse a kinetic watch with an automatic (self winding) watch- there's a big difference between the two. A kinetic is basically just a quartz watch with a tiny generator driven by an oscillating weight. An automatic watch is essentially a manual wind watch that has its mainspring wound by an oscillating weight. Quartz watches are generally sixty times more accurate than mechanical watches. Having said that, mechanical watches tend to have a much longer life span than quartz watches, especially when they are properly maintained (cleaned and serviced at least every ten years.) I have an automatic watch that has performed flawlessly for the last several years and I'm especially hard on watches.

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Goodhart (author)Honus2007-11-09

Although I see the difference in operation of the two watches you describe, I am failing to understand the need for making a watch that winds itself by movement "not" a self-wind while one that charges a battery by movement, is a selfwind (in your introductory statement)?

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JibsMan (author)Goodhart2007-11-09

I'm not sure either what other "self winding" watches there are but this describes the kinetic.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Automatic_watch#The_Auto-Quartz_or_Kinetic_Movement

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JibsMan (author)Honus2007-11-09

I have 2 Seiko Kinetics. One I got for HS Graduation and is now over 30 years old and still runs perfectly. It even has an alarm, which my new one doesn't. The ONLY problem with either of these watches is they stop after sitting a couple 2-3 days.

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Kiteman (author)JibsMan2007-11-08

$70 for something to rock a watch??

Try making a BEAM magbot to rock your watch. You can make one from bits you find or buy, or maybe buy a kit like Solarbotic's SunSwinger.

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Honus (author)Kiteman2007-11-09

The watch winders that are sold where I work go for a few hundred $$..... I personally don't get it either and I'm really into watches. Typically, the people that buy them tend to have a decent sized collection of expensive mechanical watches so I guess for them it's justfiable.

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Kiteman (author)Honus2007-11-09

Sounds like you could get a lucrative sideline going - custom-built solar-powered winders, using the magbot circuit and cased in a style to suit the collector's desk.

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royalestel (author)Kiteman2007-11-08

I didn't know BBQ Starter crystal were piezos! New cheap source! Huzzah!

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Kiteman (author)royalestel2007-11-08

Any lighter that you squeeze to make a spark (instead of strike or spin like a flint) will probably be piezo.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2007-11-09

I have an old Citizen automatic watch I got from my grandfather. My solution is to wear my new Pierre Cardin watch instead! Automatics are awesome, but they are hard to keep running on time.

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JibsMan (author)2007-11-09

I haven't seen how the $70 watch winder works, if it rocks side to side or does full revolutions. I would guess 1 rev per second would probably work so a slow motor would probably do the trick. The retail winder says it comes with an AC adapter so it's probably a 12vdc or less motor. I looked at motors online but didn't find anything that turned that slow. Since I'm not a gadget wizard I'm stuck at this point. I may just have to spend the $70 if I can't find an answer here.

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jessyratfink (author)2007-11-09

I've always hated those kinetic watches. I'm not going to lie about it. I did watch repair for a year and people would always bring them to me complaining about how they were running. They're so tricky to keep running consistently all the time. I've had no training as far as fixing them, and since they don't run on batteries, it can be hard to diagnose the problem. :P I'm really not sure what to tell you. I know I've seen the watch winders for around $30, but I can't remember where. I'll keep thinking, though.

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Honus (author)jessyratfink2007-11-09

Yep, the Seiko Kinetics that were sold where I work were never that popular but I never heard of that many people complaining about how they work. Swatch made a similar kinetic watch as well. Interestingly, Seiko does make a high end automatic watch that has a quartz regulator that is very accurate. We had several of them in the store and they are beautiful watches indeed.

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maninamousesuit (author)2007-11-08

could you not strap the watch to your slightly unbalanced nuptial bed and have another reason to have a groovy love life....

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