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Time Tutelary Automatic Vertical Dual Watch Winder
on 21 April 2012
Searching for something to keep kinetic watches topped up, many such products came in fancy wooden cases and carried equally fancy prices. Time to get real...
I read many of the reviews for this device and concluded it gave a good balance of price & practicality. I was not disappointed with this when it arrived. A major issue is how noisy it is in operation. Mine makes a soft noise when in operation, much like the noise made by the mains electric wall clock I had years ago - not enough to disturb my sleep.
Four timer functions are provided, ranging from repeated cycles of 33 secs rotation followed by 12 mins rest to 1 hr rotation followed by 3 hrs rest. No advice is given on the choice of the most appropriate range. A simple calculation shows that the proportion of time the watch spends charging increases from 4.4% in the first example above (Mode A on the unit)to 25% in the second (Mode D). So, I guess it has to be Mode A if your watch is fully charged and just needs "maintaining" while not being worn and Mode D if your watch is significantly discharged. The intermediate modes, B & C could be useful if Mode A is not recharging sufficiently.
No advice was given in the instructions on how to remove the plastic blocks that the watch sits on. They are retained by plastic clips and very easy to remove if you have the knack, but leave you wondering if you are about to do damage the first time you try. Here is my method: Open the door of the unit and look carefully at the plastic blocks that carry your watch, two of the sides carry small triangular markings. Grasp the block with finger and thumb positioned on the sides indicated by the triangles and gently twist the block so your thumb pushes the block inwards and your finger outwards. With minimum pressure, the plastic clips should release and you can withdraw the block. If this doesn't work, try twisting in the opposite direction. If you are getting it right, the clips release easily with hardly any force at all. Do not try and rotate the block in the same way the mechanism does to wind a watch!
All in all a good product at a good price. Some shortcomings in the documentation but nothing you can't work out yourself.