The watch winder rotates the automatic watch ona turntable that is there on the inside of the watch winder. The watch rotates at various turns every minute and that can be set as per ones watches requirements.There are other complex watch winders that can be pre-set and they will keep running until you switch them off.
I love my watch winder. The turntable gently swings and there are also watch winders that will rotate in a circular motion. There are others that move in a clockwise direction and also others that are designed to turn in the opposite way. Many watch winders also give an option to be set for a particular number of turns each day.There are others which give the option of a daily repeat setting which can be selected as part of the pre-set schedule and there are others that come with more than one turntable. These features are essential to know because they let you make an informed choice.
Cheap watch winders
The market is flooded with cheap watch winders. However, it is advised to stay away from them as they will degrade the expensive watch. These winders are made of very low quality, use cheap wood, plastic or metal and the motor attached to them is very basic. The winders do not have any electronic circuitry that helps to control the motor and the effect is that the overtime tends to produce stress on the watch. It also causes unnecessary wear of the mechanism.
The cheap watch winders do not givea regulated turning. They will just spin the watch in one direction which causes the watch mechanism to be stressed and worn and this leads to damaging the watch.
It is this important to buy the branded watch winders and also know what to look for in them. Stay clear from any cheap watch winders because even though they may seem to be a great bargain for the price, they will eventually end up damaging your expensive watch.