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I just purchased these mainspring winders from Cousins (https://www.cousinsuk.com/product/watch-etaomegarolex-calibres?code=m56903).

They from the Far East and are just £175 ex VAT.

I'm actually really impressed with them. Nicely machined, dimensions seem perfect so far (not tested all of them yet). Everything fits together perfectly and feels well made. It covers ETA, Rolex and Omega calibers. And comes with a nice heavy base to keep everything in (possibly made of depleted uranium but I'm sure that's fine.)

I used to have a nice set of almost new Bergeon mainspring winders I found on eBay but ended up selling them to buy other things I needed more. But these compare pretty well. My only criticism is that the gauge of the metal on the holder is thin. It looks a wee bit fragile. The burgeons had more meat. But other than that I'm very happy with them.

I'm not entirely sure what the two yellow metal rings are for. I think they're stands for the holder but I'm not sure why there are two of them.

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8 minutes ago, margolisd said:

They from the Far East and are just £175 ex VAT.

FYI these are €90 + VAT on declared value when bought directly https://m.aliexpress.com/item/4000386894326.htm

8 minutes ago, margolisd said:

I'm not entirely sure what the two yellow metal rings are for. I think they're stands for the holder but I'm not sure why there are two of them.

Long topic about that

 

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Interesting. It's a real mystery. It seems a lot of thought has gone into them.I was trying to work out if it's a barrel lid closer or some kind...?

Yeah, I've never had much luck on Ali Express. I find you wait two months for delivery and then get hit with customs charges. Plus you're stuffed if they go wrong. But that is a good deal!

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45 minutes ago, margolisd said:

Yeah, I've never had much luck on Ali Express. I find you wait two months for delivery and then get hit with customs charges.

Not my experience. You select the shipping method which shows the expected delivery time. Of course, getting it faster will cost more.

I have mentioned above how import VAT is calculated by most countries. You can discuss the matter with the seller before ordering.

Finally, if the item is not delivered in time, or anything is wrong with it just click dispute in the order details. Seller can reply and make a proposal which you can decline, if an agreement is not reached after 10 days AliX steps in and the normal outcome is a full refund.

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1 hour ago, margolisd said:

(possibly made of depleted uranium but I'm sure that's fine.)

:D

Yes, depleted uranium or used car tires or a combo.

I've been considering investing in these Bergeon type mainspring winders for a long time so your review is much appreciated.

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Anyone having experience with this Chinese Mainspring Winder set?

They seem to cover the same calibers as the set shown by the OP but also includes ETA cal. 2750 (I guess) and Chinese cal. 7120 (I guess, couldn't find any further info). They look sort of nice but you never know and I haven't seen them before.

I don't understand why there's a handle with every winder, but, well, the manufacturer probably have no idea what they are for. The USP is that "you can easily wind the watch, keeping the watch working properly". Well that certainly feels reassuring so make sure to buy a set for each of your watches :lol:

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10 minutes ago, VWatchie said:

I don't understand why there's a handle with every winder, but, well, the manufacturer probably have no idea what they are for.

You mean the seller, not the manufacturer? In the current world of CNC production making few non-precision handles will not change the price much, but give the advantage of having each type ready without swapping the handle. Plus it's a nice place to label the caliber. I see nothing wrong in all that, Chinese are always accused of copying, for once they didn't here.

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1 hour ago, jdm said:

You mean the seller, not the manufacturer?

More likely the seller but probably both! :lol:

1 hour ago, jdm said:

Chinese are always accused of copying

And rightly so as they are copying! In China, if you're able to produce and sell copies, you're considered energetic and smart and your fellow Chinese will admire you.

 

1 hour ago, jdm said:

for once they didn't here.

Well, I'm not so sure about that. Not knowing better they probably picked up a handle for each winder and the manufacturer thought that's the way it is supposed to be. Although it looks a bit shorter than the original so you may be right about that. Who knows. Anyway, I prefer to have as few parts as possible so I would have preferred a single handle. After all, the winder doesn't look to be integrated with the handle.

Anyway, anyone having experience with this set?

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