Soon after getting my dad's 2182 restored to working order in June (broken clutch, new battery), I found myself needing to advance the date from June 30 to July 1.
On the morning of July 1, I turned the crown in the "in" position and felt a lot of resistance. I kept turning, hoping it would click over. It did, but the force of the click really jarred me and I instantly regretted forcing it.
I worried that I had just re-broken the movement, but thankfully everything has continued functioning normally since then.
I googled the proper way to set the date on the Accutron 2182, and found this:
How to set day date on Bulova Accutron 2182 movement | eBay
These instructions confuse me to no end.
1) Is it really true that the date should only be quickset between 11pm and midnight? On every other watch I've ever used, that is exactly when you are not supposed to advance the date. That's why I set my watch in the morning.
2) The page appears to offer two sets of instructions, one unofficial and the other official. The official instructions say to set the date last (after setting the day and time) with no special notes about only doing it (or not) between 11pm and midnight. Isn't this just inviting damage to the date mechanism?
3) The unofficial instructions suggest moving the hands to 11pm-midnight, quicksetting the date, then moving the hands back to the correct time. That's a lot of winding. Doesn't that defeat the entire purpose of the "quickset" feature? Not to mention defeating the purpose of having a watch that stays so accurate that you don't have to reset the time?
4) I read elsewhere (and recall my dad telling me) that you should never turn the hands counterclockwise. The concern being that the pawl and index are only set up to push the microteeth in one direction and can break if the wheel is reversed. Yet the instructions above talk about moving the hands forwards and backwards to set the day. Is there not any truth to the concern about winding counterclockwise?
Fellow 2182 owners, please help me understand the proper technique before the next required adjustment on Oct 1.
I hope this watch does not need repair. The crown felt jammed before I sent it in, and the watchmaker said he would fix it in the course of the overhaul. I've just never had a chance to test it, other than on July 1.