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    Changing Date Field

    I recently purchased a new Glycine. I'm new to the self winding watch family. I know you're not supposed to change the date late and night. Well with my new watch, I waited until 9:00am to change the date. What I didn't know is the watch was actually showing 9:00pm not 9:00am (stupid mistake on my part). Once noon hit (or according to the watch midnight), the date changed. I went to reset date and spun dial so time was correctly reflected 12 hours later.

    My question is did I hurt the watch spinning through the who date wheel (1-31) twice during the time frame you're not supposed to change it? Haven't had any obvious issues, but I'm not sure if I did some per-mature wear....

    Also seems weird the instructions don't mention this!

    Thanks in advance for any feedback!

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    Quote Originally Posted by drock2420 View Post
    I recently purchased a new Glycine. I'm new to the self winding watch family. I know you're not supposed to change the date late and night. Well with my new watch, I waited until 9:00am to change the date. What I didn't know is the watch was actually showing 9:00pm not 9:00am (stupid mistake on my part). Once noon hit (or according to the watch midnight), the date changed. I went to reset date and spun dial so time was correctly reflected 12 hours later.

    My question is did I hurt the watch spinning through the who date wheel (1-31) twice during the time frame you're not supposed to change it? Haven't had any obvious issues, but I'm not sure if I did some per-mature wear....

    Also seems weird the instructions don't mention this!

    Thanks in advance for any feedback!
    It's probably fine. I've done similar by mistake after a few drinks. It's worse closer to midnight.

    The only symptom of hurting it would be that the date doesn't flop over at midnight. I think you have to do it multiple time to really get the date wheel out of whack.

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    What I do is just pull the crown out to wind the hands (not the date), and then wind them forward. If the date rolls, then I know I'm in the a.m. If it doesn't then I'm in the p.m. A simple rule I keep: don't adjust the date wheel if the hour hand is between 9 and 3. Otherwise, roll the hands forward into the "safe zone" (hour hand between 3 and 9) before adjusting the date wheel. To be super safe, I typically adjust my date wheel when my hour hand is at six. Maybe I'm hurting my watches doing this but I've never noticed any issues.

    I hate all date windows for two reasons: what you sate here (the PITA to get them right), and that they mostly look out of place on the style of watches I like. Date windows are a concession I've had to make but on many watches, they ruin the entire aesthetic for me. The only date method that truly looks great to me is the Oris pointer. That thing is marvelous.
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    I really like the look of date windows. I couldn't tell you why. I especially like them with a line around them. I even like them when they are white on a dark dial.

    The format I hate more than anything is small seconds. So useless.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hedd View Post
    The format I hate more than anything is small seconds. So useless.
    Oh man, this is something that rips me up too. I've never seen a watchmaker pull this off in an aesthetically pleasing way.

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    Thanks for the info! I haven't notice any issues over the past month so hopefully I didn't do any damage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hedd View Post
    The format I hate more than anything is small seconds. So useless.
    A small seconds at least lets you know your watch is running. On a diver's watch it's called "proof of performance."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Camguy View Post
    A small seconds at least lets you know your watch is running. On a diver's watch it's called "proof of performance."

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    Ah, this makes sense. I have a VK-64 based modern chrono with no running seconds and I constantly wonder if the battery’s dead LOL.

    I’ve also considered if small seconds was a mechanical concession of some sort: mechanically simpler to mass produce or to achieve a smaller height dimension for the movement? I’ve seen it on many mass-produced pocket watches for example. My wife has a basic 60s Girard Perregeaux time only with sub-dial seconds and is quite thin for the era.




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    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Rzad View Post
    Ah, this makes sense. I have a VK-64 based modern chrono with no running seconds and I constantly wonder if the battery’s dead LOL.

    I’ve also considered if small seconds was a mechanical concession of some sort: mechanically simpler to mass produce or to achieve a smaller height dimension for the movement? I’ve seen it on many mass-produced pocket watches for example. My wife has a basic 60s Girard Perregeaux time only with sub-dial seconds and is quite thin for the era.




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    Yeah, i think a big center seconds hand is a complication, but one that I find very worthwhile.
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