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Setting the date on my rolex president day/date watch

I noticed at 12am last night my watch did not change to thur. the 1st. so i messed with he crown and got the day to thur. but now the date is at the 5th. and it will not change. i unscrewed the crown and on the 1st click with the watch still running, it will not change the date. can you help?

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  • hm7briggs Jan 02, 2009

    ok i got the day set but do i turn the stem clockwise to set the date or counterclockwise on the first click?

  • hm7briggs Jan 05, 2009

    My rolex day/date is from the late 1960's ( 1968) so you have to adjust day and date from one position, ( the full out ) but I am not sure what the procedure is for doing it. can you help

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  • Mike Burkard Jan 03, 2009

    Operation: for double quick set daydates is Clockwise Date Counterclockwise Day:

    As shown in this youtube video at the end.
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Try this way: Pull out the crown completely (2nd click) and turn watch hands clockwise till the DAY changes to the following DAY.
Repeat this till you have previous (yesterdays) DAY in window. Keep going turning hands clockwise till you reach 6.00 am, then stop. Push the crown back in and screw it on. Unscrew the crown and pull it out to the 1st click and turning crown set previous (yesterdays) DATE. When it is done, pull the crown out to the next (2nd) click and turning hands clockwise pass the nidnight point (12 mark). The DAY and DATE shoud change. All you need now is to set desired time.
Hope it helps.

Posted on Jan 02, 2009

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