The date is the 7th of december and my watch says it is the 9th i need to change it but i can not go backwards only forwards. I would have to go all the way up through the numbers till it gos back to 1..2..3...4......7 I feel like this is bad for the watch as i have already done this once before is there a way to go backwards? or is my watch broken? because it wont go back.
It should only go to one direction, you might have a memory with some other watch for going both direction otherwise the way the internal dial works for cartier it should only go to forward, some manufacturer make the dial moving both ways but for quality watches such as cartier it goes only to one direction.
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For the single dial (winding crown). Pull out one click and this will change the date, pull out another click to change the time and keep winding forward or backward to get change the day and 24hour clock.
The date changes around midnight and you can usually advance the date by going past midnight until the date changes and then turning the watch backward to a time shortly before midnight and then winding it forward again.
How far back you need to go you will have to find by experiment but it should not be very far.
Simply advance hands 12 hours forwards (clockwise). Just pull out crown to the time setting position and turn the watch hands forwards if the date is changing before midnight. If the date is changing after midnight - turn the hands 12 hours backwards. Don't do this when the actual time is between 10pm - 2am.
The crown wheel (winder) should have 3 positions, (1) the normal winding position (3) fully out; at this position the watch stops and the time can be adjusted.
(2) This position is between the 1 & 2 and is used to adjust the day and date. If you wish to change the date by winding the crown backwards or forwards.
Since watches can very a little, if turning the crown when in position 2 the date does not change, pull the crown to position 3 and turn the hands until you pass the midnight position, when the date will change and then re-set the time. If you wish to advance the time more than one day, when it changes, wind the crown backwards past the midnight position and then wind it forwards again. Repeat until the correct date is showing and then re-set the time. The exact distance you need to turn the crown to change the date will have to be found by experimenting!
You should not be able to unscrew the crown from the stem by turning in either direction. So don't worry about that.
If your watch only has a date then you can "quick" change it by pulling the crown out to the first click and turning the crown. One direction will change the date. If your watch has both day and date then one direction will change the day and the other will change the date.
You will have to go forward counting the date upwards. You won't be able to make it go backward.
Once you have the date set push the crown back in and if it screws down be sure to screw it down so it is sealed.
The Armani site is not very helpful but try this one:-
The year should change when the month hand passes from December to January.
If you pull out the winder (it may need to be screwed out anticlockwise first), you should be able to find a position where the month can be changed. Wind the month hand passed December. If you need to advance it more than one year, then wind it backwards from January to December and then forwards again to January.