Cheap Mainspring Winders – Are they any good? Full review and comparison with the Bergeon Winders

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Cheap Mainspring Winders – Are they any good? This video is a full review of the Chinese manufactured mainspring winders which are now popping up all over many online stores, I thought it would be interesting to review them and compare them with the Swiss Bergeon Winders

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Eric Wadsworth
12 days ago

I was a little surprised that you didn’t mention another option in the video. I bought a little set that, so far, has worked well for me, on all the mainsprings I’ve installed. There is one handle and six arbors that are fitted to the handle. There is a metal plate, with six spring-holders in it, plungers on the reverse side. Let’s see if this photo link works.

Frank Leslie
17 days ago

Interesting, which general Bergeon set would you suggest for the hobbyist who is mainly interested in non luxury watches from the 40’s thru the 60’s

Christopher Marousek
17 days ago

Well, this was extremely useful in assessing the value of these tools, as in there is very little. However, I’m still at a loss on how to go about winding in mainsprings for Seikos. Currently, that’s mostly what I work on. I’m also a little confused (and always have been actually) about the pocket watch mainsprings. If i’m installing the loop opposite of the hole, how do they hook up? Will it hook up when I wind it? How will I know? Right now, my only option, unless I buy a new mainspring is to hand wind it. I know… Read more »

Christopher Marousek
16 days ago
Reply to  Mark Lovick

Yeah, I did some more research on the Seikos and it seems to revolve around which caliber they are. I was specifically looking at the 4006 movement and realized that the alarm mainspring is right, but the movement mainspring is left. Although I have no idea what generic Bergeon number the alarm mainspring barrel is. I’m assuming I could just measure it and go off of that. Either way, I confirmed as much from your video on that movement. The t-slot mainsprings make sense because you wouldn’t be able to get it in the tool, and even if you did,… Read more »

Denis Millar
18 days ago

I have a set of these winders that have steel pins, on the box it said Swiss Quality. I have used them and had no problems, yet!

Robert Duckworth
19 days ago

Well, “polishing a turd” would seem to describe this set of winders. I agree with you that with a little forethought and planning, a much more useful set could be produced with steel pins that might last a while longer. I would have personally preferred to have a graduated set of barrels by size that movement. Thanks for the video and the assessment.

Paul Helmuth
19 days ago

As always – great content Mark. Inexpensive tool options are great – but “cheap” is seldom desirable in my experience. In fact, “cheap” is often the most expensive route. Regardless, few if any of us have unlimited funds with which to purchase. Hobbyist or professional. So, these reviews are appreciated.

Vratislav Maly
19 days ago

How do you approach mainsprings which have smaller height? Can you adjust the depth of the holding tool?

Eric Wadsworth
12 days ago
Reply to  Vratislav Maly

[Disclaimer: I’m new.]

Yeah, I don’t think the height matters, as that would only affect the travel of the plunger. There is plenty, it just moves further if it’s a narrower spring, and doesn’t move as far if it’s a wider spring.

Vratislav Maly
19 days ago

Great video Mark! The Cousins set actually looks like the arbors are made from steel and there is only one holder 🙂