How to Adjust the Time on a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust

Rolex is one of the most ubiquitous names in the world of heirloom quality timepieces. The brand's line of Oyster Perpetual watches are the backbone of the Swiss watchmaker's line-up. Each Oyster Perpetual watch case starts out from a solid block of metal that is then carved out to create a bank-vault like encasement for the movement, hence the term Oyster. Inside of this meticulously crafted case is an automatic movement mechanism, meaning the watch is able to perpetually keep time as long as it is worn, hence the term Oyster Perpetual.

Locate the crown of the watch. The crown is located on the side of the watch case at the 3 o'clock position and protrudes out from the body of the watch.

Place your right thumb on top on the face side of the crown and your index finger on the caseback side of the crown.

Unscrew the crown from the locked position by moving your thumb towards the 6 o'clock position and your index finger towards the 12 o'clock position.

Pull the crown out to the last notch.

Use your thumb and index finger to turn the crown, which moves the watch hands. Moving your thumb toward the 12 o'clock position will move the hands in a clockwise motion, or the time forward. The crown turns in the same direction as the hands on the dial.

Once the correct time has been set, push the crown back in toward the case.

Use your thumb and index finger to secure the crown so that it is perfectly flush with the Rolex Oyster Perpetual case. You will need to move your thumb toward the 12 o'clock position to secure the crown.

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Harry Havemeyer began writing in 2000. He has written articles for the "San Antonio Express-News" and the "Tulane Hullabaloo." Havemeyer holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and philosophy from Tulane University.