This may be old news to many, but...crown winders--a *great* idea!

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This may be old news to many, but...crown winders--a *great* idea!

Post by AlbertaTime » December 16th 2019, 2:57pm

Lots of my favourite VCMs, and lots of other vintage pieces, as well, don't have quick set dates, and many watches are just a pain to wind anyways because of the crown size compared to human fingers.

Well, my days of not wearing a watch because the date is too far off to bother with, or the crown is just too finicky are over. Behold: crown winders! I shoulda got these long ago.

Note: the 6mm works for almost all my VCMs, but I bought larger and smaller because...well, why not; I'm not called a "collector" for nuthin'. Still, for most folks, I'd suggest the 6mm as a starting point--works for my Komandirskies and Amphibia(n)s, too :-).

The grabber part is metal (I'm pretty sure) on my inexpensive versions, and I see that some Bergeon models have elastomer tips, so if you think your crown is plated, maybe go for a better quality one, but I can't see careful use of the ones I have causing much damage at all. They don't slip on the crowns I tested with, which is what would worry me.

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Post by biglove » December 16th 2019, 3:29pm

Now that’s a great idea. At 51 I am already having some issues due to arthritis.

Will have to find some.
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Post by AlbertaTime » December 16th 2019, 3:50pm

I got all mine on Ebay, from this seller:

zhibinoppa

Seems OK to me.
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Post by AlbertaTime » December 16th 2019, 4:07pm

biglove wrote:
December 16th 2019, 3:29pm
Now that’s a great idea. At 51 I am already having some issues due to arthritis. Will have to find some.
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foghorn wrote:
December 16th 2019, 3:14pm
I never knew these even existed. All these years I've suffered.
I only thought of these about 6 months ago. I was thinking "there's gotta be something..." And there was!! :-)
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AT, I'm going to have to stop saying bad things about you for awhile..thanx!!..
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Post by AlbertaTime » December 16th 2019, 6:00pm

Racer-X wrote:
December 16th 2019, 5:39pm
No concern about bending or snapping a stem if the tool is misaligned or mishandled?
I guess that's possible, and I wouldn't say "no concern," but I'd say it's unlikely--and maybe not as likely than the damage that could be caused by trying to wind while a watch is on your wrist, or by just grabbing the crown wrong manually.

Now that I know about them, I see they're easily found on watch repair sites like Esslinger and other watch tool sites, so I think it's a usual tool for watch repair folks, for example.
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Post by biglove » December 16th 2019, 6:49pm

Ordered all but a 2.5 from AliExpress seller. Looks like same ones sold on eBay. Paid $17 for seven sizes.

Props to A-T for the info.
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Post by AlbertaTime » December 16th 2019, 8:41pm

artman wrote:
December 16th 2019, 8:19pm
pulling your nostril hairs (?!?!?!?!?)
Emphasis mine.

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Post by gerdson » December 16th 2019, 9:34pm

Ah, thanks a lot for reminding me. I knew they exist, searched for them a couple of years ago. Only found an electric programmable version that did cost a couple of hundreds, and gave up, then forgot I still desperately need one.
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Post by Mark1 » December 16th 2019, 11:34pm

I've had a couple of those for ten years of so. They are very useful on several of my watches. AT has proven here that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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Post by bobbee » December 17th 2019, 3:47am

AlbertaTime wrote:
December 16th 2019, 8:41pm
artman wrote:
December 16th 2019, 8:19pm
pulling your nostril hairs (?!?!?!?!?)
Emphasis mine.

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I thought that's what long nose pliers were for.
The clue is in the name!

Thanks for the link AT.
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Post by AlbertaTime » December 17th 2019, 5:45am

bobbee wrote:
December 17th 2019, 3:47am
I thought that's what long nose pliers were for. The clue is in the name!
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Mark1 wrote:
December 16th 2019, 11:34pm
AT has proven here that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
:-)

...and gerdson's beautiful machine is a marvel.
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Post by AlbertaTime » December 17th 2019, 6:17am

Budman2k wrote:
December 17th 2019, 5:52am
Have you tried them on a smooth crown? I have a couple of watches where it's just really hard to get a good grip due to the fact that there is no knurling on the crown.

Budman
I haven't. They *might* work.
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