I was asked the other day for advice on setting a friends mechanical automatic winding watch – specifically on when to set the days, dates and months as he found it sometimes tricky and difficult to get these parameters to move properly.
My own ideas on changing the complications have worked for me pretty well, with no mechanical issues resulting so I have to assume I’m doing it right – I passed this information to him and he suggested that maybe I should Post it on the web site – so here it is.
DO NOT change the Date between – 8.30pm and 02.00am.
DO NOT change the Day between – 11.30pm and 04.00am.
DO NOT change the Month between – 10.30pm and 00.00 (midnight).
This range of times to avoid should apply to most types of mechanical movements and even though this varies with movement Brands, hopefully I’ve allowed enough leeway to avoid any problems.
I tend to use the same no-go times for quartz triple date models too – get it wrong and sometimes they can be more problematic than mechanical!