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Watch Winding 101 – Setting the Date & Time on an Audemars Piguet

Watch Winding 101 – Setting the Date & Time on an Audemars Piguet


This is Watch Your Style. Today’s video is gonna be a bit more of an
instructional how-to video. I got a lot of questions about this and it’s
actually something I would like to share with guys and it’s, How to Properly Set the Date
and Time on an AP. So keep in mind that on the chrono versions,
it doesn’t happen as often than it does on the Offshores, but overall, AP is known for
this. Now let me see how I could properly explain
this without you guys freaking out on me and thinking that Audemars has a poor product. It’s just very delicate man. It’s almost like how Rolex is more like a
Mercedes or a BMW, very strong and tough, or like a Porsche, whereas Audemars is almost
kind of like a Ferrari, a little bit more delicate. They got a little bit more finicky with the
things. Now, where it becomes a problem mostly that
I’ve noticed is the crown position. The thing about AP is that what actually holds
the crown into the movement is a little, small, adjustment screw. That little small retaining screw is actually
like a watchmaker’s worst nightmare, because it’s such a small little screw and it’s tightened
out with a screwdriver, no watchmaker wants to overly torque that screw and strip it straight
into the movement, as opposed to Rolex that actually has a spring-action pin that holds
the crown in. So what happens is a lot of times when people
go to manipulate the crown on an AP, they kind of go a little bit too tough with it
and they end up with the crown completely out in their hand. It sucks to stay, but it happens. It’s not a normal thing, but it can happen. Again, it’s more of a delicate product. So you wanna keep in mind that if the crown
ever completely comes out on your AP, do not try to jam it back in. At this point, you’re gonna have to take it
to the person that sold it to you or straight to AP because a lot of times what you can
cause the damage is trying to jam this crown right back in. That’s where it becomes a problem. So let me go over with you the way that I
set the date and time on AP. The first thing is obviously if you haven’t
worn the watch in a while, you need to wind it; so when you open and unscrew the crown,
it’s gonna pop out to the first position. Here, I like to turn it 10 times. Not 10 full turns. I don’t count it. Pretty much every time my thumb goes up, that’s
one. So I do 10 of those. With 10 of those that should be enough to
get the movement wound up and get it going. So the problem here is the date. I can’t tell you how many times people try
to set the date on these modular movements on the chronos and they try to set the date
of their watch when the hour hand is between 11 and 1 o’clock. That becomes the problem because that’s when
the movement is actually getting ready to switch the date on the 24-hour cycle. So to avoid that, to completely avoid these
problems, because people break these watches all the time because of that, I like to first
set the time to 6 o’clock. At 6 o’clock you’re never gonna have this
problem. So at 6 o’clock now you are free to go ahead
and spin the date wheel to whatever the current date is. Once you have selected the right date, then
pop it right back out, set your time. Now you’re done. Now you can freely just close the crown very
slow. Remember guys, anything in watches, if it
feels forced, it’s probably incorrect. So if you ever go to screw your crown back
and it gets tight, don’t force it. Back and back up and do it again. It should screw all the way in, freely and
smoothly till you’re done. Keep that in mind man. I can’t tell you how many times people sit
there and try to change the date while it’s on the changing cycle and it’s almost like
the date starts spinning. What you’re doing is you’re damaging the movement
right there at that moment. Also, keep in mind what I was telling you
about the crown. The crown is very delicate, so you can’t yank
it on an AP like you can on a Rolex. It’s a little bit more delicate. So remember, when setting the date and time
on the AP, follow the instructions I gave you and don’t forget to be delicate. They’re delicate watches. I mean, they’re meant to be used, but just
be a little bit more delicate. They’re not as tough as, for example, you’re
Rolex Submariner. And if you liked this video, please like and
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