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Postby abduksion » August 19th 2014, 10:27pm

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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby Hawk » August 20th 2014, 5:11am

Yeah but for USD 5,000.00 I could hire some babe part time to wind my watches and function as an appointment secretary.

Of course for the frugal Orbita offers a single watch winder for a mere 3,000.00

Ingenious but I suspect a limited market.
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby biglove » August 20th 2014, 6:15am

Have never understood winders.

For those too lazy to wind/set a watch? And the cost of even cheap ones is just stupid for what they do.
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby Hawk » August 20th 2014, 7:05am

Well, I could picture a 3,000.00 winder being just the ticket if I bought (and actually wore) some Patek - Lange joint venture sun, moon, perpetual calendar, flyback, 8,000 piece thing that requires a specially trained mechanic and 350 page manual to set if it's allowed to run down.

I mean if you fuck up one of the several quick set functions you'll find yourself on the right day and date but you'll be a month off and the moon phase / tidal indicator will be off by 6 days and you'll have lost track totally of the greater moons of Jupiter and Saturn and your privately funded Mars explorer will miss the launch window by at least a couple of days. Worst of all, the date and day will advance at noon rather than midnight.

So I'll concede that a 3,000.00 winder might make good solid sense for someone with a 3,000,000.00 mechanical watch it just doesn't fit in with my needs to keep one of those damn Seiko Kinetics from taking a dirt nap.
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby conjurer » August 20th 2014, 9:47am

It's like an Accu-Jack for watches!!
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby Don Barzini » August 20th 2014, 9:44pm

I like winders...for automatic watches...and not for Orbita prices. The real cheap shit on Amazon is a waste of money and won't last even a few months. But Wolf makes excellent winders and I have an 8 and 3 watch winder. The 8 watch was about $1800 after discount and also displays the watches when taken out of the safe. At the time I placed about $60,000 in watches in it, so it hardly seemed frivolous or extravagant. It still doesn't even with only about $20,000 riding in it. Each rotor is fully programmable with its own LCD display in 50 TPD increments from 500-1200 TPD (as I recall) and CW/CCW. Besides, watches run better when they continue to run.
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby svaglic » August 21st 2014, 1:43am

I put 800 into 16 boxy cubes. I like them because they are individual cubes that stack. If one goes bad, I can grab another for 50 and replace the bad cube and not have a machine that has one dead winder wasting space. They are not noisy and I only use them about 2hrs a day. Ugly, but cheap and good. When I am out of town, my brother or nephew turn on the power strip for me and run them for a few then turn it off. No biggie if they forget and leave it on. I like the Orbita and Wolf, but my collection hardly justifies me paying those prices.
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby jason_recliner » August 21st 2014, 2:15am

I prefer to let my mechanisms rest when they're not working. They've earned it.
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby Mortuus » August 21st 2014, 2:28am

conjurer wrote:It's like an Accu-Jack for watches!!

Only YOU would think of such a thing, you dirty old phuque... :twisted:
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby Hawk » August 21st 2014, 4:50am

conjurer wrote:It's like an Accu-Jack for watches!!

I had to look it up.

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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby AJC » August 21st 2014, 6:30am

Hawk wrote:
conjurer wrote:It's like an Accu-Jack for watches!!

I had to look it up.

That which has been seen cannot be unseen.


Here's a USED one for sale. A steal at $800 cheaper than the Orbita winder.

http://www.kitmondo.com/jorgensen-accujack/ref495075
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Re: Never thought I'd see this

Postby TemerityB » August 21st 2014, 10:59am

I dunno; I thought that was a rather cool looking piece of machinery.

Would I want one? Nahh; happy with my Swiss Legend red box I got for like literally $19 a while back, and at that, I always forget to use it.
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