- Analogue Watches with 2 or 3 meters, with or without calendar.
- Chrono-analogue Watches with 2 or 3 meters, with or without calendar.
- Digital Watches.
- Ana-digi Watches.
- Multifunction analogue Watches.
Remarks: there is no practical difference, when adjusting a Quartz watch with a Battery, a Charge of Light (or Solar), Automatic Mechanical; the procedure and the precautions will always be the same.
Automatic Mechanical watches: in this case I consider it appropriate to give a specific indication on the first start or whenever the watch is stationary: the Automatic Mechanical watches have an average autonomy of about 36, 40 hours (at full charge), with the use of particular movements.
To start a Mechanical Automatic watch correctly, simply turn the adjustment wheel counter-clockwise, as shown in Image below, box 2, giving it about 8 turns (note: if you feel a particular resistance at the end of the charge, do not insist or force uselessly.
Hand-wound Mechanical wathces: today, they are not widespread, it is easier to find them on very old watches; in case you have one, you will have to follow the Manual Charge procedure as suggested above, once a day.
Set a Analogue Watches with 2 or 3 hends
If the Crown is a Screw, you must unscrew it (1) to be able to set the watch and make sure to re-tighten it well (2) at the end of the process, as, generally watches with screw-like crowns are Water Resistant watches, if you leave the crown even partially open, water will seep in (the warranty does not cover damage or problems, in these cases).
Watches with no calendar will only have 1 click, while watches featuring a calendar will have 2 clicks (usually).
For practical reasons start from the 2nd click:
Turn the crown until the hands go beyond midnight (24.00), this way you will see the calendar day change and you will be able to, thus set the time by placing the hands correctly on the area dedicated to the morning or the afternoon, this is important for the calendar to change at midnight (24.00) and not at noon (12.00).
Press the crown slightly until you push it back of 1 click, you will be in the Calendar setting position, try to turn the crown clockwise or counter clockwise, when you see what is the right setting direction, you can turn the crown until the calendar number is placed on the correct date. In watches with Monthly and Weekly Calendars, by turning the crown in Counter clockwise direction you can set one, by turning in Clockwise direction you can set the other. Please note, that Watches with simple Calendars have the numbering fixed to 31 days, so for months that last 30 days, or for February which lasts 28/29 days, the date will differ of 1, 2, or 3 days; it must be updated manually every 2 months or so.
Set a Chrono-analog Watches with 2 or 3 counters
Pull the crown (8) on the 1st click and try to press first a button and then the other (A or B), do the same with the crown (8) positioned on the 2nd click, you can see that in most cases, the small hands will move of 1 notch (or dial index), set by aligning them perfectly, reposition the Crown in the “0” position.
You'll see it's easier to do than to read!
In some rare cases the buttons in this Watch model may be screw buttons, use the method and the general rule described for the Screw-like Crown. Another detail that escapes many: almost always the hand for the Seconds in the Watch, is Not the long and thin one (6) but the small one in the lower Meter (1).
Set a Digital watches
This is the most difficult to set, I will try to be as clear and easy as possible.
In most, in these Watches you will find the following buttons:
- Mode (to go round and see all functions featured in the watch).
- Select (to activate or to get into the setting phase)
Other buttons present, are typically used to increase or decrease the numbers that you are trying to set at the time.
With the Mode button reach the function you want to set (e.g. hour and minutes), hold down the Select button for a few seconds until the numbers start blinking (e.g. hour), release the button, press the other buttons (Not Mode, Not Select) multiple times, you will see that the numbers progress, if instead you hold the button down you can fast forward the progression.
- Press the Select button once and you will see that the flashing number will move from hours, to minutes, can set in the same way you did with the hour.
- Press Select again, you will probably move to the date (day / month / year), set again in the same way.
- Continue as such, until you will have gone round all functions, setting them.
- Press this button individually, once you reach the function you want to set, hold it pressed for a few seconds until the numbers start to flash, set as usual.
- If by any chance you activate the function prior in the menu to the one you want to set, do this: press the button once more, once you get to the function after the one you want hold the button for a few seconds until the numbers start to flash, then set.
Set a Ana-digi Watches (analogue + digital)
- 1 dedicated to the Analogue system.
- 1 dedicated to the Digital system.
Set a Multifunction analogue watches
Standard Multifunction Watches, often feature a selector (meter hand, “e.g. Green”, sometimes with a particular shape, but not always), resembling the “Mode” button of Digital Watches.
- Find the button that controls the selector.
- Press the selector, reaching the function you want to set.
- Wait for all moving hands to stop.
- Pull this button out (the selector).
- With the help of the other buttons present you should be able to move and adjust the various hands (Red).
- Once you finish setting 1 particular function, press the button in the "0" position.
- Press the selector button again, reaching another function you want to set.
- Set it with the help of the other buttons, etc.
- Continue in the same manner as above to set all the functions featured in your watch.
The "zero position (0) or Reset":
By referring to your owner's manual, activate the regulation of the "zero position(0)", the hands should all line up perfectly on 12/24 o’clock.
If they are not aligned, follow the steps described in the manufacturer’s instructions manual to align them all.
Now try to set all functions of the watch, you will see that in 99% of cases your problems have been solved.