Barrington Watch Winders was started around a simple yet opportunistic insight: there was no “middle market” for watch winders. Ultra-luxe and high-end brands from the likes of Döttling, Buben-Zorweg, Stockinger, Orbita and Wolf can easily set you back thousands — if not tens of thousands — of dollars and are as much about vanity as they are security for this with six- and seven-figure watch collections. Flanking the other side of the market are functional winders for a hundred and fifty bucks or less, though one is typically left wanting for sharper design and higher perceived quality. Enter Barrington, which since 2009 has been working to fill the sweet spot of a watch winder that is stylish, refined, and of high quality, but also reasonably affordable.
Barrington’s Single Watch Winder handily surpassed my expectations as to what a watch winder would look, sound and feel like — at a price of $179. The design is clean and simple. The rectangular box design is not too big and not too small, about 4″ x 4″ x 6″ (11cm x 11cm x 15cm), with all of the controls positioned discreetly on the back of the machine. The Single Watch Winder has a glossy polyurethane finish (easy to dust/wipe down) and is available in seven colors, all of which look very nice.
It is very easy and intuitive to load & unload, with a spring-loaded tensioner to fit a wide range of bracelets/strap lengths, including a NATO strap.
I also appreciate that the dual-power options for the winder: AC plugin (there is a small plugin/cord if you prefer this option) for most situations, or AA battery powered if cords are not your thing. I found the Barrington Single Watch Winder to be exceptionally quiet during operation — an essential element for a quality watch winder.
The only aspect which I find to be a bit unpalatable is determination of winder rotation speed. Measured in “turns per day” (or “TPD”), Barrington’s Single Winder can be set to 650/750/850/1000/1950 turns per day. Generally speaking, larger watches require more TPD, though Barrington recommends contacting the watch manufacturer for guidance on the appropriate TPD setting….which I would say is a fool’s errand. As for me, a “plug-and-play” approach with a default setting of 1000 TPD seems to work just fine, though perhaps your quantieme perpetuel is a bit more discerning.
Suffice it to say that if you want a watcb winder and don’t want to plunk down a lot of cash, the Barrington Single Watch Winder makes a reasonable and stylish option at $179 (special edition wood-finishes are available at twice the price). And shipping is free.
You can check out the full Barrington product range at http://www.barringtonwatchwinders.com/us.
Special thanks to Barrington and Sam at Assissted PR for making arrangements for the complimentary review unit.