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A few words on “over-winding”: There is a misconception that you can “over wind” a watch. What is happening when a watch seems “over wound” is that a fully wound watch will stay that way because the watch has stopped running for some unrelated reason such as the watch needs cleaning or has a broken balance staff. The stopped operation of a fully wound watch is not caused by the actual winding of the watch but is the result of the watch not being able to unwind through it’s normal function of operation due to another problem.
The Watch Crown: Most mechanical wristwatches are wound and set by using the “winding crown” normally located on the side of the case at the 3:00 position. The crown turns clockwise and counter-clockwise to allow you to wind the watch or change the time forward or backward. The crown may also be used to change the calendar or advance a moonphase function if your watch has one. The crown has multiple (2 or 3) “click” modes relative to how far it is pulled away from the case as follows:
Winding Mode: When the crown is in the normal or Winding Mode position it is pressed in towards the case. In this Winding Mode the crown can be turned clockwise to wind the mainspring of the watch which gives it power to run. Turning the crown counter-clockwise will not wind or unwind the mainspring but some people prefer to use a back and forth motion when winding. There is a misconception that winding the crown counter- clockwise harms the watch but this is false. Wind the watch in the manner that is most comfortable for you. Wind the watch slowly and carefully and feel for the full resistance that will come when the watch mainspring is completely wound. For manual wind watches you will feel tension and no longer be able to wind any further when the watch is completely wound. Once the watch is fully wound do not try to wind it any further. If the watch winds and winds without resulting in complete resistance either there is a problem like a broken mainspring or perhaps the watch has an automatic wind movement.
Time Setting Mode: (1st click) When the crown is pulled out and away from the case you will hear/feel a single click. The watch is now in Time Setting Mode and the crown can be turned clockwise to advance the time or counter-clockwise to turn the time backward. Once in the Time Setting Mode, simply turn the crown until you reach the correct time and then press the crown back into the normal Winding Mode when complete.
Setting the Day and Date: Some wristwatches have a day or day/date aperture and the day or date can be changed while in one of the setting modes. There are several variations on day / date setting depending on manufacturer and specific watch model. You will need to experiment with the various methods discussed below in order to find out how to best set the day and date on your mechanical vintage watch.
Setting the day or date while in Time Setting Mode: (1st click) For all model watches when the watch is in Time Setting Mode you simply advance the time past midnight and the day/date will advance. On some models you can change the time back and forth from between 8:00 PM to 4:00 AM in order to advance the day or day/date more quickly than advancing the time ahead by 24 hours. On some model watches moving the time backwards will also move the day or date backwards but on some models it will not.
Quickset Setting Mode: (2nd click) On some models which have a “quickset” feature you can quickly change the day and date by using an additional day/date Quickset Setting Mode. This setting mode is activated when the crown is pulled out and away from the case with two clicks. Again, the first click puts the watch in Time Setting Mode but if your watch has a quickset feature the crown will pull out a 2nd click into a Quickset Setting Mode which will allow you to quickly change the day and/or date. When you reach the Quickset Setting Mode, simply turn the crown clockwise or counter-clockwise to change the day and date without interrupting the time. On some models the day will change when the crown is turned in one direction while the date will change when the crown is turned in the opposite direction. On some Omega watches the day or date will change as the crown is pulled out on the 2nd click and the crown does not require turning. Take care not to pull out on the crown too hard. On some Benrus date hand calendar watches the date is changed when the crown is pushed in past the normal Winding Mode.
Pusher Day Date setting Mode: Another way some wristwatches allow you to change the day or date is by a recessed pusher on the side of the case. A special pin pusher tool or a paper clip if small enough can be used to depress the pusher and advance the day or date without disrupting the time. On some vintage complications this type of pusher also controls the moonphase or tidal indicator on moonphase or solunar watches respectively. It is important to mention that you should not depress these pushers when the time on the watch is near midnight as the gear train is activated to control these features and the pusher will conflict with the operation of the watch. Always set the time to noon before activating any day, date, moonphase or solunar pin pusher.
Start/Stop Pusher: The top pusher on most models is used to start and stop the chronograph function. When the chronograph is starting from zero and this pusher is pressed the chronograph functions are activated. The center chronograph hand will begin to advance and will complete one revolution around the dial in 60 seconds if it’s left uninterrupted. Once this hand makes a complete revolution around the dial the minute counter (normally at the 3:00 location for pre-1970 manual wind chronograph watches) will advance by 1. Minutes will continue to count in the minute counter and if your watch has an hour recorder (normally at the 6:00 position) this will advance after 60 minutes have elapsed.
Besides counting seconds, minutes and hours the chronograph can be used to calculate many things depending on which “scales” or “tracks” are printed on the dial. For example, some chronographs can calculate the speed of an object (tachymeter scale) or the distance of an object (telemeter scale). These were commonly used by the military to help with aviation and artillery. Others dials have a pulsations scale to allow doctors and nurses to calculate pulse rates. There are many more examples. These calculations typically require the chronograph to be started at one event and stopped at another event. On most chronograph watches the top pusher is used to start and stop the chronograph in order to use the dial scale to calculate the event.
For example, a typical military range finder application for the telemeter scale would be to start the chronograph when visually observing a fired shell explode near it’s intended target and then stop the chronograph when the blast was heard. By using the speed of sound the chronograph scale would calculate the approximate distance to the object and targeting adjustments could then be made with this information.
Reset Pusher: On most chronograph watches the bottom pusher is used to reset the counters. In order to reset the chronograph to start a new counting operation or calculation the chronograph should be reset but only from the stopped position. Once you are sure that the chronograph is in the stopped position the reset pusher will reset all counters to zero (up position). Pressing the reset pusher while the chronograph is running may damage your chronograph!