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How to Wind A Rolex

Many who are new or returning to watches ask questions like do you have to wind your Rolex?  Winding your Rolex is one of the most important things you can do to preserve the integrity of your watch and help it maintain its value. This resource page will help teach you how to wind your Rolex, regardless of the model.

Rolex Datejust Models, Oyster Dates
and Rolex Submariners with date

Position 0: Wearing Position

The crown is fully screwed down. In this position, the Datejust chronometer is pressure-proof to a depth of 330 feet (100meters). The watch is ready to be worn.

Position 1: Manual Winding Position

To reach position 1, unscrew the crown until the crown pops naturally into position - do not pull. In this position, the watch is able to be manually wound by turning the crown clockwise in direction (if the dial of the watch is facing you, turn the crown away from you).

Position 2: Date Changing Position

Once the crown has popped out naturally at position 1, you can gently pull the crown out one click. Turning the crown clockwise advances the date rapidly which is particularly useful at the end of the month of less than 31 days. At this position, the watch movement continues to function normally so you do not lose any time.

Position 3: The Time Setting Position

Once you have reached position 2, gently pull the crown until you cannot anymore. At Position 3, you can reset the hands either clockwise or counter-clockwise. The second hand is stopped automatically and will not advance again until the crown is pushed back to position 2. Be sure to push the crown down completely before screwing in, or else you may end up adjusting the date unnecessarily. Take extra care to ensure the crown is screwed down fully to make the watch pressure-proof once again. If water gets into the movement, you can permanently damage your timepiece.

Male President Day-Date

Position 0: Wearing Position

Fully screwed down the crown. In this position, the Day-Date chronometer is pressure-proof to a depth of 330 feet (100meters). The watch is ready to be worn.

Position 1: Hand Winding Position

The crown is unscrewed to the point where it is free of the screw threads. Turn the crown clockwise to manually wind your watch.

Position 2: Day and Date Changing Position

Crown pulled out to the first notch. Turn the crown clockwise and the numeric date will change rapidly. Turn the crown counter-clockwise and the day will change.

Position 3: The Time Setting Position

Crown is pullout of to the last notch. The second hand is automatically stopped in this position and the correct time can be set. After setting your watch, the crown should be pushed in and screwed down tightly.


Position 0: Wearing Position

Fully screwed down the crown. Watch ready to wear, water resistant to depth of 330 feet (100 meters).

Position 1: Hand Winding Position

Crown unscrewed and just free of the screw threads. Turn the crown clockwise to manually wind your watch.

Position 2: Date and Time-Zone Changing Position

Pull the crown out to the first notch. Turning the crown moves the hour hand clockwise or counter clock-wise, in an hour jumps. During these operations the watch continues to run normally; the precise time is not affected when the hour hand is reset for a new time zone. The date changes every midnight each time the hour hand has traveled twice around the dial.

Position 3: The Time Setting Position

Pull the crown out to the last notch. The sweep second hand stops, and the watch can best be set to the exact time. The second hand will move again after the crown is pushed back in. Screw down the crown tightly so that the watch is water resistant.

The Rolex Perpetual Self-Winding Movement

Rolex has developed a wonderful type of watch movement called the perpetual self-winding movement. Rather than having to wind your watch daily, this perpetual watch movement winds itself with the simple movement of the wrist while the watch is being worn. However, if it sits motionless for 48 hours it will not continue to self-wind. If your watch has stopped working and needs to be wound, follow these simple steps:

  • Place your watch on a soft, flat surface
  • Unscrew the crown. The crown is located on the side of the watch at the 3 o’clock mark. To unscrew the crown turn it counter-clockwise until you feel it release. When it releases it will pop out slightly from the watch case
  • To wind your watch, use your thumb and index finger to slowly turn the crown clockwise a full rotation. This is about 30 to 40 times. This will fully wind the watch. Do not worry about over winding your watch. Rolex watches are built to prevent this from happening
  • Screw the crown gently back into the watch

If your watch does not work after winding and gently rotating it, you may need to have it serviced or repaired.

The Perpetual Rotor

The "Perpetual Rotor" term means that the watch's movement is equipped with the automatic self-winding rotor which transforms the slightest gesture of the wrist into a power reserve stored by the mainspring. This is more than simply a practical device to avoid the tiresome daily task of rewinding. The Perpetual Rotor is and ingenious system that keeps the mainspring at a constant optimum tension, a guarantee of a long-lasting precision. The mechanism consists of a balanced weight rotating freely on a central axis, backwards, and forwards, pivoting slightly and effectively. That brings us to questions like can you overwind a Rolex?  When the Mainspring is fully wound, a slipping clutch prevents overwinding. This is a system that has been intensively tested and proved utterly reliable. IT is not uncommon for automatic watches to require hand winding after an extended period of time.


Cleaning and Maintaining Your Rolex

A Rolex watch is a valuable investment that must be cared for and maintained, not only for value but for proper function. Wearing a Rolex every day is great, but this often leads to it getting dirty or scratched. If your Rolex is looking dull, it is time for a cleaning. If your Rolex utilizes Oyster technology, as most do, you can easily wash your watch without fear of damaging it. To properly wash your waterproof Rolex:

  • Use clean hands and start by ensuring the winding crown is tightly screwed into the case
  • Use lukewarm water to rinse any loose particles from the watch
  • Use ammonia free soap to gently wash the exterior of the watch. An old soft toothbrush is a useful tool for removing dirt from the watch’s crevices, such as between bracelet links
  • When scrubbing is complete, gently submerge the watch into water in short intervals to gently wash away any remaining soap and dirt
  • Complete the cleaning process by using a soft and clean cloth to gently pat the watch dry. You can also use a blow dryer, set on low, to dry hard-to-reach places like between links

Along with cleaning your watch when it begins to look dirty or dull, it is important to have your Rolex serviced every 5 years by a certified Rolex dealer. There are a handful of things to consider when taking care of your Rolex. Be sure to see the full guide on proper Rolex maintenance.

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Bob's Watches is an independent watch dealer and is not sponsored by, associated with and/or affiliated with Rolex, or any other brand listed. Bob's Watches only sells pre-owned watches and provides its own warranties on the watches it sells. Rolex Datejust, Rolex Day Date President, Submariner, Presidential, Explorer, Sea Dweller, Super President, GMT Master, GMT, YachtMaster, Prince, Milgauss, MasterPiece, Air King, Cosmograph Daytona, and PearlMaster, etc are all registered trademarks of the Rolex Corporation. All brands including Brequet, Cartier, Audemars Piguet, Patek Philippe, Ulysse Nardin, Breitling and Omega, etc are trademarks of their respective owners.