Almost without fail, if you have a conversation about automatic watches the subject of winders will come up. Whether its about the actual use of them or about the price of higher end winders that can reach into the thousands of dollars. Personally, I have a winder but its not plugged in and I don't use it to wind my automatic watches. It is a very nicely finished and clean looking winder that holds four watches and I use it for just that, storage and aesthetics.
The reason I don't use the winder to keep my automatic watches running is a simple take from engineering: the more moving parts are kept working, the more they will wear. Unless you have a complicated watch like a perpetual or annual calendar, a moon phase or perhaps a movement that lacks a quick-change date function I am inclined to let the movements take a break until I'm ready to wind it up and put it on. Some people feel that having to set and wind the watch when you want to wear it is a world ending inconvenience. I've never really understood this and many people even avoid manually-wound watches for this reason. When I buy a mechanical watch, its because I have fallen in love with it. So, like any new toy, I want to play with it as much as possible. Winding the movement is just another excuse to enjoy my watch.