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QuoraThere is a gear within an analog watch that is used to change the date at the appropriate time. The gear ... Watches: What is a fair price for a authentic 1970's vintage "McQueen" Rolex Explorer II? Why does the day start at midnight?
Main cause would be that the date gear teeth have been stripped. This is done by setting the date whilst the hands are trying to change the date themselves (between 10pm and 2am). Always adjust the date with the hands around 6.0clock. You will need to return your watch to where you bought it for repair I'm afraid.
If you change the date between those hours, and the watch is set for the correct time, it may automatically roll the date forward yet again. It could mess up the internal mechanism for changing the date. The date starts to change around 11:45 PM and can take a good long while for it to fully "engage" the new date, which is why they say to wait til 2:00 AM. The internal mechanics that change the date are very sensitive. If you force it to change the date while it is automatically trying to change it, it can off-set the little gears and they may not function correctly in the future. So just make sure the time on the watch is not between 11:45 PM and 2:00 AM when you change it. The best thing to do is to change the date to the day PRIOR to the day you want (for example today is the 21st, set it to the 20th, then advance the hour / minute hands past midnight so it automatically rolls into the 21st, and then you will know if you are on AM or PM).....
But just avoid setting it between 11:45 PM and 2:00 AM as they mention.
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Does the watch have a 'screwdown' crown on it or pull out crown (also known as a dust proof crown). A screwdown is usually on a model which has a waterproofing of around 100 meters (330ft) +
To change the date ( the quick way usually but not always) GENTLEY pull out the crown (or first unscrew if it's a screwdown) to the first 'click' you will feel it. then gentley wind the crown down towards the six or up to the tweleve (some change mostly its down towards the six) and Hey Presto the date changes automatically. This beats winding it through 24 hrs.
Now to change the time, from the date set one more gentle click, or two from the original (standby position). then you are free to move the hands as you please.
Try this: pull out the winding crown to the first click and change the
date. Memorize which way the crown turns to do that. Now turn the crown
in opposite direction and the day should adjust. This solution wrks for most of the makes. If this doesb't work - submit the make, model and all the writings on watch caseback.
you're not supposed to change the time at certain times if it is an automatic. I think any time after 8pm and before 4am (but check your manual). Apparently it messes up the mechanism. Maybe that's the issue?