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Cannot change time, but there is proper movement when stem is pushed in

Is there a solution other than taking to a repair shop?

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  • Boboblues Jun 05, 2008

    Rotary Revelation new in box, hands on white face will move to set time, not on black face, both sets of hands "keep time" (i.e., move in synch) but at different times.

  • Anonymous Oct 31, 2008

    I can't work out how to change the time on the reverse face of my Rotary Revelation!!!

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I spoke to a Rotary technician and they explained what to do. The smaller dial on the second side works the same as the larger on on the first side, with 2 exceptions. First, it only pulls out one click, since there is no date that can be set. Second, it is very hard to pull out. I used a penknife, just eased it gently under the smaller dial and popped it up. Once you do it the first time you realize how simple it is, however they should have put a dial with a better grip on it!

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