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HOW TO SET THE TIME ON A ROLEX: Winding a Rolex Watch

by Paul Symonds January 06, 2021 3 min read

HOW TO SET THE TIME ON A ROLEX: Winding a Rolex Watch | Swiss Watch Trader

HOW TO OPERATE AN AUTOMATIC ROLEX WATCH

How to wind a Rolex Watch

Read this quick guide on how to set the time and date on a Rolex watch, how to wind, when you should wind and how to care for your Rolex watch. You will find all this information in the owners manual, but let's be honest, who actually reads the manual!

 

WHEN TO WIND A ROLEX WATCH

WINDING INTERVALS:

Rolex watches featuring an automatic movement will still require winding, but far less than a manual watch. If your Rolex is worn every day, and you are reasonably active, it will maintain timekeeping functions without winding, but if the watch hasn’t been worn for an extended period of time, it will need a quick wind to top up initial power. A great alternative to hand-winding automatic watches is to use a watch winder, which will keep the watch fully wound when it’s not being worn.

 

HOW TO WIND A ROLEX WATCH

According to Rolex, before being worn for the first time, or if it has stopped, a Rolex watch must be wound manually in order to function correctly and precisely. To wind the watch manually, unscrew the winding crown completely, then turn it several times clockwise. (Turning in the other direction has no effect.) A minimum of 25 turns is required for adequate partial winding. The watch will then be wound automatically as long as it is worn on the wrist. Carefully screw the crown back down against the case to ensure waterproofness. 

 

SETTING THE TIME AND DATE ON A ROLEX WATCH

Setting the Time & Date on a Rolex Watch

 

OPERATING A ROLEX SUBMARINER DATE:

The crown on the Rolex Submariner, as with many divers watches with a simple automatic movement, has four main positions, we will call them position 0, position 1, position 2 and position 3.

Position 0: This is the screwed-down position. The crown is completely screwed down against the case. When the crown is in this position, the Rolex Submariner 126610 is guaranteed waterproof to a depth of 300 metres (1,000 feet).

Position 1: This is the position to manually wind the movement. The crown is unscrewed anti-clockwise to the point when it springs out. To wind the watch manually, turn the crown clockwise; turning in the other direction has no effect. When setting the watch for the first time or after the watch has stopped, complete a minimum of 25 turns for partial winding.

Position 2: This is the position to set the date. The crown is unscrewed and pulled out to the first notch. To set the date, turn the crown clockwise; turning in the other direction has no effect. During this operation, the watch continues to function.

Position 3: This is the position to set the time. The crown is unscrewed and pulled out to the second notch. The seconds hand is stopped, allowing you to set the time to the precise second. To set the hour and minute, turn the crown in either direction. To avoid confusion between a.m. and p.m. hours, move the hour hand to 12 o’clock. If the date changes, it is midnight.

After every use, carefully screw the crown back down against the case to guarantee the waterproofness. Return the crown to position 1 and apply light pressure on it while screwing it down clockwise against the case. The crown should never be unscrewed underwater.

 

BUYING A PRE-OWNED ROLEX WATCH FROM SWISS WATCH TRADER

Our collection of pre-owned, used & second hand Rolex watches include the Rolex Submariner, Rolex Daytona, Rolex GMT Master and GMT Master II, Rolex Explorer & Rolex Sea Dweller. At Swiss Watch Trader we specialise in selling only the very best mens Rolex watches and unless there is a valid reason, ALL our Rolex watches will include their original boxes and papers. When buying any modern or vintage Rolex watch you need to ensure you are getting the very best example with as much of the original paraphernalia as possible. You should always look for a Rolex watch that is complete with its original inner and outer boxes, warranty certificate or card, manuals, hang tags and if possible original sales receipt. For more information on how to buy a Rolex watch from Swiss Watch Trader and the the services we offer including buying a Rolex watch on finance, head over to the information section.

For more information on other Rolex watch models including the Sea Dweller, Daytona and Explorer, head over to the News & Reviews section. Please get in touch if you have any questions about any of our new, used, pre-owned and second hand mens Rolex watches.

 

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Paul Symonds
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