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Rolex Oyster Perpetual Watch Instructions

Updated March 23, 2017

Rolex watches are among the most valued timepieces in the world with special design features and technology that allow unique smooth hand movements, precision timekeeping, and high-fashion design. Of their many models, the Oyster Perpetual is simple, traditional in its face, and clean in its lines; it was the first airtight, dustproof and waterproof watch. Learning to set the time on your watch will guide you on the simple use of the Rolex Oyster Perpetual features.

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Winding the Rolex

Begin to untwist the central knob on the right side of the face, and move it counterclockwise and out of its secure position so that it is in the winding position. Wait to see and feel the knob pop free when you have twisted far enough. Wind your watch for about thirty seconds. After the initial winding, your watch will self-wind through your natural movement as long as you wear it. The Rolex will need to be wound again if several days go by without it being worn.

Setting the Rolex

Grip the released knob, in winding position, and pull until you feel it click one notch outward. Note that this first notch is the setting for your Rolex's date. Twist the knob to move the day of your Rolex to the proper number. Know that you cannot twist backwards if you pass a number, so you will need to complete another rotation and return to the correct date if you miss it the first time.

Carefully grip the knob and pull once more to feel it settle into the second and farthest position. Note that this farthest position sets the hour and minute of your watch.Turn the knob to move the hour hand and set the proper time. Press in on the knob, against the spring, until you feel it hit the base. Without removing the pressure, twist clockwise to secure the knob. Wait to verify that your second hand begins moving, indicating that your Rolex is now keeping the correct time.

Repairs and Service

Always keep your Rolex paperwork that came in the box in a safe location. The serial number and the documentation will be important for repairs, resale, and service. Bring your Rolex into the store for any repairs requiring mechanical adjustments. This includes wristband alterations; note that your Rolex has links, held in place by small pins. These pins are best removed and adjusted by a jeweller or watch technician, so as not to damage the quality and value of your Rolex watch. Bring your Oyster in for free adjustments at the location of purchase or to another authorised retailer.

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About the Author

W. Nicole Barclay has been writing and editing professionally since 2004, focusing on the fashion and retail industry. She graduated from Parsons the New School for Design and holds a Bachelor of Science in history, international affairs and archeology from Northeastern University. She has completed master's degree work in public policy and nonprofit administration at Northeastern University and The American University in Cairo.

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