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What are the different positions of the crown? How and why manually remount his automatic watch? How to change the date? How to preserve your watch?

So many questions we do not always know how to answer precisely. Today, the time has come to reveal the right actions to adopt to set your automatic watch and offer a happy future without a hitch.

The different positions of the crown

The crown of automatic watches usually has 3 positions :

  • Normal position: reassembly
  • Position 1: Changing the date (second hand always running)
  • Position 2: Changing the time (Second hand from second to off)

The perfect watch winding

To reassemble your watch in the rules of the art and in respect of what you have in your hands, it’s simple:

  • Go to the normal position of the crown.
  • Turn it between your thumb and your index finger up (clockwise, convenient!)
  • Take about 30 turns to completely wind up your watch.

The 3 names of date changes

There are 3 types of date changes : shuffling, skipping date and date date change.

  • The trailing refers to watches whose date changes very slowly, leaving half a figure in the date window.
  • Jumping qualifies watches with the new date “ jump ” in the window by moving to the next day in one go.
  • The fast date refers to the possibility of moving from one date to another through the crown, without necessarily advance the time.

The most common misconceptions

An automatic watch does not need to be manually wound up.

Contrary to what one might think, it is advisable to manually remount your automatic watch from time to time, in order to guarantee its precision and prolong its life. Indeed, back up it will have more energy and will be able to function optimally. If you have not worn your automatic watch for a long time, do not hesitate to give it a good boost to wake up, manually back to the bottom.

The zone of death is a watchmaking myth.

Alas no, the zone of death does exist. And not only in the mountains, in watchmaking too. So as much to know what we rub, to avoid being bitten and go for a walk at the watchmaker. When we speak of the death zone in watchmaking, we mean the time slot from 9pm to 3am. During this time, it is strongly recommended to change the date of your watch to position 2, to avoid disturbing the mechanism already on the way well before the 12 strokes of midnight. The risk: breaking a tooth of the date disc. So, it’s better not to intervene when the process is on the way.

Noon, midnight … Difficult to find your way!

In fact no, it’s very simple. A dial that counts twelve hours is a problem to know if it is midday or midnight, you are granted. To avoid crimping your brains, set your watch with the crown on the 3rd notch and advance the hands. If the date does not change when passing the top of the dial, it will be noon. If the date changes, then it will be midnight. And that’s the trick, easy no?