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by Aleta Saeger May 05, 2020 2 min read

Setting a Rolex may be long ago learned knowledge for you, but there are some owners who may have recently required a Rolex or those who need a reminder. To change the time and date on your Rolex watch requires a few twists and turns. We also have a few tips on setting your Rolex below.  

With over 200 moving parts that have been constructed together to make an intricate work of art with precise timekeeping, a Rolex is a feat to behold. But, let’s get into actually setting your Rolex watch. If you are going to set the time or date on your watch, you must wind it before you set it. With a Rolex being a mechanical watch, it is important to wind it on a regular basis. Different Rolex watches have different power reserves, so it would be wise to know and understand the elements of your Rolex watch.

how to set the time and date on your rolex

The first step is to unscrew the crown by turning it counterclockwise. As stated above, pull the crown to the first position and wind it by turning the crown clockwise. Next, pull out the crown to the third position to change the time. Rotate the hands clockwise until the correct time is displayed. 

If you also need to adjust the date, you can push the crown in one click to the second position and rotate clockwise. Finally, push the crown all the way back into the base and screw it clockwise until it is tight. If you need more of a diagram, see below.

how to set the time and date on your rolex

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While the crown functions the same on all Rolex models, not all Rolex models can be set the same way. Ladies Rolex watches for example require the crown to be turned counterclockwise. 

We’re going to dive into how different functions on more complicated models work. You can see how a GMT hand works here. We talk about Daytona models and the pushers here, but stay tuned as we take a look at how to use a Yacht-Master II functionality.

how to set the time and date on your rolex


Aleta Saeger
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