Caring for your new watch can be as simple as tying your shoes with a few simple tips. We recommend having your watch reviewed by a trusted watchmaker each year to check for magnetism, state of water resistance and basic timing.
Computer speakers, mobile devices and many other modern electronic gadgets can and will magnetize your watch. Is this the end? No, it's quite simple to correct and demagnetize your watch. A local watchmaker can assist in a matter of seconds, that's really all it takes. Or you can accomplish the same task at home using an inexpensive desktop solution purchased from Amazon or many watch supply stores like Esslinger or Star Time Supply.
The most common way to identify magnetization is if you notice a significant loss of time. Several minutes a day is a good indicator. Barring any hard knocks or drops, testing for magnetizing is a safe place to start.
Don’t Set the Date Within 3 Hours of Midnight
How to Set a Watch's Date Safely:
- To be safe, it’s a good idea to just make it a habit of setting the date when the hour hand is traveling somewhere along the bottom half of the dial.
- Set the date by pulling the crown out to its first position for the vast majority of mechanical watches with a date function.
- Turn the crown gently to set the date. This is done in the second position.
- Push the crown back in when finished.
*Don't Set Your Watch Counterclockwise*
How to Set a Watch the Right Way:
- Pull the crown out to its second position (unscrewing it first, if necessary) to set the time. If it’s the kind of movement that stops the seconds hand (“hacking”), you may want to wait until it reaches zero — you know, just for OCD precision’s sake.
- Then turn the hands clockwise to set the time — this is often (but not always) done by turning the crown towards yourself.
- Press the crown in to start the watch again.