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You could be damaging your watch without knowing. 6 tips that will save you a costly repair.

Updated: Mar 8, 2022

Hi Everyone,

Congratulations, your new Broad & Swan watch has arrived.

You cannot wait to put it on and show it off. But first you must set the time and date.

Most people would be forgiven for thinking that you just open the crown, change the date and wind the hands and that's it, you're done. Unfortunately, you could be damaging the inner workings of your watch without knowing by doing this. This is especially important for automatic/mechanical watches.

I've put together these 6 tips that may save you a trip to the service centre and a costly repair

Follow these quick simple steps to set your watch and you won't go wrong

  1. Open the crown all the way to position 2. (The crown is the winder on the side of your watch)

2. Turn the hands in a clockwise direction setting it firstly at 6 o'clock. There are 2 reasons for this:

(A). Never change the day/date between the hours of 9 and 3 because the mechanism has engaged and has started to change the date. There is a tiny pin that moves the date wheel and if forced, could break and damage the movement.

(B). When you set the time to 6 o'clock it will be in the a.m.

3. Push the crown back in to position 1 to change the date.

5. To set the date, turn the crown clockwise. If you have a day function, turn the crown counterclockwise. Right now it is at 6 o'clock am. If the real time is 7pm, make sure to wind forward 13 hours so the watch will show pm and the date will change around midnight. (Many people ask why the date changes at midday so this will stop that from happening)

6. It is best practice not to wind the hands anti-clockwise/counter-clockwise. I would only do this if you over shoot the mark by a few minutes. Time only goes forward after all.

Just remember, if unsure, please feel free to contact me

So there you have it, you're all done. Enjoy your new watch!!!



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